While the players are on a “summer break” for the next five weeks, the Cleveland Browns front office is still looking at all options to upgrade the talent on the roster.
On Tuesday, the team signed former 2nd overall pick, offensive tackle Greg Robinson. To create a spot on the roster, the team waived 2017 fifth round pick Roderick Johnson.
Johnson was drafted by the previous regime led by Sashi Brown out of Florida State in last year’s draft but never appeared in a game for the Browns after being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury during the preseason.
Robinson has not panned out as an NFL offensive lineman after being touted as potentially the next Orlando Pace when the then St. Louis Rams took him towards the top of the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Playing him at left tackle, right tackle and guard before shipping him to Detroit last summer for a sixth round pick.
He didn’t last long in Detroit either playing in just six games before being waived while sidelined with an ankle injury. Pro Football Focus graded Robinson as the 78th ranked offensive tackle in the league with a 36.6 grade which they categorize as “Poor”.
Robinson will compete in training camp for the left tackle starting spot, left vacant by the retirement of future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas.
The position is completely up for grabs as Robinson will be competing with third year player Shon Coleman who is transitioning from right to left tackle, undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison and second round pick Austin Corbett who could play either tackle or guard but his status on the offensive line is currently unknown.
Coleman received most of the first team reps during OTAs and minicamp but I think with this signing despite Robinson’s poor play so far through his career, the Browns are still looking for a left tackle.
Hopefully they settle on one by the end of training camp and stick with it during the season.
It wasn’t expected to be easy filling that position with the retirement of Thomas. If Coleman, Robinson or Corbett do not look like the long term solution at the position, I’m sure John Dorsey will look into the draft again next year to find that long-term solution.