Cleveland Browns: Is Shawn Lauvao the Answer at Right Guard?

Jake DContributor IIIAugust 19, 2011

BEREA, OH - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Shawn Lauvao of the Cleveland Browns  poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Shawn Lauvao of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Another preseason contest, another wonderfully orchestrated offensive contest for second-year QB Colt McCoy.

McCoy went 10-18 for 95 yards and three touchdowns. McCoy now boasts an impressive preseason stat line of 19-28 for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns, coupled with 0 interceptions for a QB rating of 132.58 after the 28-30 loss to Detroit on Saturday evening.

One of the things that has helped McCoy shine is the above average play of the big guys up front. Everything in football starts with offensive and defensive line play, two areas where Cleveland has shined this preseason.

A big part of the stability of the offensive line is second-year guard Shawn Lauvao out of Arizona State University. Lauvao was drafted by the Browns in the third round (No. 92 overall) in the 2010 NFL draft. Lauvao spent most of last season on IR which has stunted his progress.

After catching rookie head coach Pat Shurmur's eye in practice, Lauvao got a shot at the starting job and hasn't looked back since.

Lauvao made Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh a nonfactor in Saturday night's contest, thus all but assuring that he'll hold the job once Week 1 rolls around, barring injury.

Given the giant question mark of the entire right side of the Browns line, the effort that he has been giving is certainly refreshing, if not uplifting. Lauvao brings stability to the interior of the offensive line and will ultimately aid the development of the already talented McCoy.

As it stands right now, the job is Lauvao's to lose, and it's hard to not be optimistic when the first-team offense has looked, well... much better than average.

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