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NFL Draft: Offensive line not a pressing need after busy offseason but can’t rule out picking a left tackle

The Browns have starters and backups across the offensive line after general manager John Dorsey went to work in the offseason.

He started by re-signing left tackle Greg Robinson, then traded right guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants to acquire defensive end Olivier Vernon and create a starting spot for Austin Corbett, the No. 33 pick last year. Dorsey followed by signing tackle Kendall Lamm and guards Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann for competitive depth.

Yet some mock drafts continue to connect the Browns with a lineman in the second or third round. Dorsey won’t close the door to anything, and the idea of finding the left tackle of the future has merit.

Robinson, the No. 2 pick of the Rams in 2014, signed a prove-it one-year deal after a strong eight games to finish last season. He has a chance to stick around for the long term but nothing’s guaranteed.


Desmond Harrison started the first eight games last year as an undrafted rookie but lost the job to Robinson. Harrison is physically gifted, but questions remain about his work ethic and commitment.

Even if left tackle can’t be ruled out in the early stages of the draft, it’s less of a priority than cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive line. The rest of the offensive line is set, but a late-round pick on the interior could challenge the veteran backups for a roster spot.

TOP OF THE CLASS — Offensive line

Andre Dillard, Washington State: An athletic left tackle who excels in pass protection.

Jonah Williams, Alabama: Played left tackle for the Crimson Tide but could move to guard in the NFL.

Jawaan Taylor, Florida: Right tackle is a standout run blocker with upside as a pass protector.

Other notables: Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma; Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Keep an eye on for the Browns: Greg Little, T, Mississippi; Tytus Howard, T, Alabama State; Connor McGovern, C, Penn State

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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