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The Browns will also need to strengthen their offensive line this offseason. Besides needing two or possibly three new starters, they should also get some depth across the entire line as the second-team players on the roster are barely adequate.
With so many needs to fill on the line, the Browns will not be able to remedy the situation strictly through free agency. They will need to draft some linemen as well.
One man who many, including myself, had pegged as a target for the Browns in the early rounds of the draft was Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Not only may the Browns sour on him after this week, but he could also be tumbling down draft boards across the league.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah tweeted on Monday about just how bad Cyril was getting beaten in one-on-one drills.
Eric Galko noted on OptimumScouting.com that Richardson might have already slipped out of the first 40 picks in the draft because of his struggles.
Cyril Richardson of Baylor struggled mightily and now opens the door for heavy question marks about his NFL fit. Consistently working to recover laterally, Richardson has been easily driven off balance by quick rushers, and then struggles to adjust his feet and gets driven back far too easily for a lineman his size. He’s likely struggled his way out of the Top 40 picks this week already.
A guard who has impressed so far this week is the 6’4”, 320-pound earth-mover from Florida, Jon Halapio. CBSSports.com has him rated as fourth- or fifth-round selection, which is a prime position for the Browns to be looking for guards.
Galko said that on Tuesday he was the only offensive lineman on the South squad who impressed.
The best of the bunch was Florida OG Jon Halapio, who was the only lineman to slow Daniel McCullers during drills today. With powerful hip thrust upfield and working hard to keep his hands inside, Halapio had ample success working as a power blocker and generating push upfield.
If the Browns choose to select a lineman high in the draft, possibly even late in the first round, they could look to Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin.
The 6’4”, 305-pound lineman could actually play both guard or tackle in the NFL, which would be a bonus for the Browns. They could then experiment with moving Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard or keeping him outside and having Martin play guard.
Either way, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says that the worst-case scenario for Martin is he will be an All-Pro. That is high praise.
He is earning that praise this week in practice. After the Monday practice Galko noted that Martin was the best of all the linemen.
Zack Martin was the top blocker viewed on both rosters, considering his controlled, sudden movements off the snap and refined hand usage. He establishes positioning early, maintains a squared relationship to his target, delivers accurate strikes and resets to direct the point of attack.
What Number Will They Wear?
Cyril Richardson: No. 68 (North)
Jon Halapio: No. 67 (South)
Zack Martin: No. 72 (North)