NFL Draft 2011: Cleveland Browns Visit With Unlikely Offensive Line Prospect

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 10, 2011

Will Rackley, Compliments of Lehigh Valley Live
Will Rackley, Compliments of Lehigh Valley Live

According to a report posted on the National Football Post on Saturday, the Cleveland Browns held a private workout with Will Rackley from Lehigh University of Pennsylvania.

Rackley is a projected third round prospect that had an amazing showing at the NFL Combine and was a three-time All Patriot League selection in college. Rackley posted 29 bench press repetitions at the combine and ran the 40-yard dash in just over 5.3 seconds.

The Browns could defintitely use help at the guard position as the team will likely have a new found interest in protecting their quarterbacks and creating running room for Peyton Hillis. All three of the Browns' quarterbacks suffered injuries last season that could have possibly been avoided if there had been better blocking in front of them.

Rackley weighed in at the combine at 309 pounds and posted a vertical leap of 27 inches. The Browns drafted Shawn Lauvao last season who has a similar build as Rackley, but he failed to work himself into a starting role after being limited by injuries and bumped down by veterans.

Not all of Cleveland's offensive line play was poor in 2010, as the Browns had one of their best statistical rushing seasons in the last decade. Peyton Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 13 scores but was forced to break multiple tackles and took a large number of hits in the process.

Adding linemen on both sides of the ball could only help the Browns in the long run as Cleveland struggled to find consistent options along the right side for the entire 2010 season. Rackley would likely need a significant amount of coaching but could fit in on that thin right side early in his career.

The Browns are projected to draft Rackley with the 70th overall selection on Walter Football.