Cleveland Browns: Grades for second and third round picks
By Randy Gurzi
The first two nights of the 2018 NFL Draft are in the books. The Cleveland Browns made three picks on Friday night and we offer up grades for those moves.
The Cleveland Browns were highly active at the beginning of each of the three rounds so far in the 2018 NFL Draft. After taking quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 1 and cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 on Thursday night, they then started things off with two of the first three picks in the second.
Cleveland also owned the final pick in Round 2, but when that one came around they had dropped down a few spaces.
In a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns moved from No. 64 to No. 67 and received a sixth-round pick (No. 178 overall) in exchange. Here we will look at all those picks and assign a much-too early grade, because why not.
Pick No. 33: Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada
This one was a bit of a head-scratcher. The Browns needed a left tackle after Joe Thomas retired, but the Nevada product projects as a guard. Austin Corbett succeeded Joel Bitonio at Nevada, and like his new teammate in Cleveland, he lacks the arm length expected from a left tackle.
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Bitonio has been perfectly fine at left guard and just signed a five-year extension before the 2017 season. Also agreeing to a five-year deal was Kevin Zeitler, who got $60 million to come over from the Bengals.
Neither should be going anywhere soon, so maybe they see either Bitonio or Corbett as tackles. Or another line of thinking is that Corbett could play center eventually.
Really though, they could have done better to get a solid left tackle prospect like Connor Williams. Unless they wanted to kick Bitonio out to tackle, in which case they could have gone Will Hernandez.
No matter how you slice it, this pick looks rough.