Top 5 players the Browns should watch at the Senior Bowl

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield
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Moving on to number four, we see Western Michigan University’s prized offensive tackle, Chukwuma Okorafor. Once you get past the semi-difficult to pronounce name, you see the raw talent that Okorafor brings to the table.

Once again, the measurables. At a hulking 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, Okorafor is an absolute presence on the football field. Additionally, his athleticism will likely take him to the next level.

Of course, there is always a catch. According to draft analysis site, Okorafor is currently listed as the 15th-best offensive tackle in this year’s draft class. Right now, they project a team to select him in the middle round range. Why?

"“…he is a very soft offensive lineman, and they think he is going to get pushed around in the NFL.”"

Perhaps that is something that current Browns left tackle Joe Thomas can fix, however. As a player, Thomas has had a penchant for not allowing himself to be pushed around by defenders. In fact, he may be one of the strongest (as well as overall best) offensive tackles in the NFL.

When he finally got injured in week seven of 2017, Thomas quickly established himself as two things. First, a solid podcaster who likely has a future career in media. Secondly, and more importantly, he showed his mental prowess and became something of a de facto offensive line coach for the Browns.

Spencer Drango, who many were worried about when he filled in for Thomas, quickly learned under the former Ironman’s guidance. By the end of the season, Drango looked like a tackle who one might classify as “pretty good.”

Thomas is a Hall of Famer, there is no doubt about that. But he is also not getting any younger. Sooner or later, the Browns will need to find his permanent heir at the left tackle spot. With Thomas’ coaching, it is likely that Okorafor could be that heir.