After the first night of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns’ biggest remaining needs were wide receiver and right tackle. And with the selection of University of California offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz with the 37th overall pick, the Browns can finally cross right tackle off that dwindling list.
Despite not necessarily being a household name, Schwartz (6-5, 317 pounds) is a highly-regarded right tackle and will be asked to plug that side of the offensive line immediately. He most notably started 51 games (35 at left tackle and 16 at right tackle) for California in his four-year career and, judging by his experience, is easily able to play on both sides of the offensive line.
Some might find Schwartz to be a bit of a reach – he was projected by many to go in the third round – but the Browns were able to draft a solid starter with plenty of experience. It’s an immediate upgrade at the position.