In the 2018 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns could look to a player with falling stock in Orlando Brown as a potential left tackle of the future
The name is tainted, but that could be a good thing for the Cleveland Browns. Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown saw his stock fall farther than anyone as he put up some pathetic numbers during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Brown entered the event looking like a potential first-round pick after playing stellar football for the Sooners. Then he didn’t do well in the underwear olympics — where they measured a bunch of stuff not related to his job — and now his stock has dipped.
Brown posted a 5.85 in the 40-yard das and had just 14 reps in the bench press. Neither were great, but should it matter?
His former quarterback laughs at such a question. Baker Mayfield was the guy protected by Brown and says that not only will Brown never run 40-yards — which is true — but that he also surrendered zero sacks in 2017.
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Mayfield makes a great point. Too much stock is put into the workouts and year after year we see overreactions because of it. For a great example, just look to a divisional rival. In 2017, the Cincinnati Bengals fell in love with Washington receiver John Ross.
After one season of production for the Huskies, Ross blew everyone away with a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash. What everyone missed though was that Ross hurt himself in the dash and quit the Combine afterwards.
Blinded by his speed, the Bengals took a day-two talent (at best) at No. 9 overall. He had no receptions and his only touch as a rookie was a run that resulted in a fumble. Ross unsurprisingly ended the year on IR.
So maybe the Browns can learn from this. Overreacting to Orlando Brown’s workout is foolish. This kid put on a clinic during his days in Oklahoma. He stands a massive 6-foot-8 and 345-pounds and could be a potential replacement for the recently retired Joe Thomas. At worst, he could be their starting right tackle while someone like Shon Coleman moves to the blindside.
Best of all, thanks to the bad performance, he likely will only cost the Browns one of their three picks in the second round. Just watch the tape, ignore the workouts, and make the pick. In the end, the team will be happy to follow that formula.