The Browns’ quest to finding Joe Thomas‘ replacement at left tackle will become a battle during training camp. Shon Coleman will enter camp as the starting left tackle, but there is one player that has the best chance at taking the job from him. And that is Austin Corbett.
Cleveland drafted Corbett with the 33rd overall selection in this year’s draft. He played at tackle most of his career at Nevada, similar to what Browns left guard Joel Bitonio did. And similar to Bitonio, there is concern that Corbett does not have the length to hold up at tackle in the NFL and will need to be kicked inside.
During mini-camp, the Browns were moving Corbett into different spots on the offensive line. They wanted to get a glimpse as to what may be the best spot to play Corbett and what he needed to improve upon.
The expectation is that Corbett will get an extended look at left tackle during training camp. The battle to be the starting left tackle is likely only down to him and Coleman. If Corbett can prove that he can handle NFL edge rushers during training camp, it may give him the upper-hand to become the starting left tackle.
If the Browns coaching staff thinks that Corbett can start his rookie season, his best chance to get on the field immediately would be at left tackle.