Cleveland Browns: What will the offensive line look like in 2018?
By Dan Justik
The Browns made a lot of changes to their roster, so how will the offensive line shake out for the 2018 season?
The Cleveland Browns rebuilt most of their roster this offseason. One of the areas that was remodeled by general manager John Dorsey was the offensive line.
One of the biggest reasons the Browns were forced to remodel their offensive line was because of the retirement of future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas was a stalwart for the Browns, and typically the team had the left tackle position locked down in the offseason.
But with his retirement, it forced the Browns to make some changes along the offensive line while also adding depth to the starters.
Cleveland started off free agency by signing Chris Hubbard from Pittsburgh and Donald Stephenson from Denver.
Hubbard will be the starting right tackle for the Browns, taking over for last year’s starter Shon Coleman. Coleman is currently slated to be the team’s starting left tackle, but that could easily change during training camp and preseason.
Dorsey signed Stephenson to add depth along the offensive line. Dorsey is familiar with Stephenson, as Stephenson was in Kansas City for three years when Dorsey was the general manager of the Chiefs.
Having depth is something the Browns did not have last season, as evident when Thomas suffered a season-ending injury. Spencer Drango, who is much more comfortable as a guard, was forced to step in for Thomas and had a below average season.
The Browns also drafted Austin Corbett with the first pick of the second round in the 2018 NFL Draft. It is uncertain where Corbett will play, but even if he does not start, the Browns can use almost every where along the line.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the players that comprise the Browns offensive line.