Who should the Cleveland Browns target in the first round?
Dec 31, 2014; Atlanta , GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (78) prepares to block TCU Horned Frogs defensive tackle Terrell Lathan (90) during the first quarter in the 2014 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
With the drafting of Duke Johnson last season, Cleveland showed that they want to have an impact in the running game. Something they haven’t done since Madden cover boy Peyton Hillis was on the roster. Joe Thomas and Joel Bitonio still bolster the left side of the Browns line, but both have had their struggles this season. Pro Bowl center Alex Mack will likely opt-out after this season, leaving second year lineman Cameron Erving to take over next season.
Questions still remain about the right side of the line, as guard John Greco and tackle Mitchell Schwartz have been a liability in both the pass and run game. Some thought that Erving could take over at one of these spots, but that never ended up coming to fruition.
The drafting of Tunsil would provide the strength on the right side that Thomas brings to the left. This offensive lineman class is very deep so Tunsil is not the only option should Cleveland not have a high enough pick to snag him.
While he would have to transition to the right side, if anyone could make that transition, it would be Tunsil.