General manager John Dorsey said that the Cleveland Browns still expect to get plenty from Chad Thomas and Austin Corbett after their quiet rookie seasons
In 2018, the Cleveland Browns made some great selections in the draft. They took Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward in the first round. Ward was a day one starter and held his own against some of the best in the NFL. Mayfield ended up taking over the job in the middle of Week 3 and set the record for touchdown passes by a rookie and won seven Rookie of the Week awards.
In the second round, they found another stud when they took running back Nick Chubb. The Georgia product just missed out on 1,000-yards rushing, but like Mayfield, he also didn’t start all season.
General manager John Dorsey was praised for those picks, as well as the fifth-round selection on Genard Avery. The Memphis linebacker ended up being a great presence as an edge rusher and looks to be a late-round gem.
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Despite that success, there were a couple of picks that didn’t contribute as much. Second-round pick Austin Corbett spent the year as a backup guard whereas third-round pick Chad Thomas — a defensive end from Miami — was only active for four games and didn’t log any stats.
Even with their minimal production this year, Dorsey spoke highly of both players while at the Senior Bowl. While speaking with Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Dorsey said both had bright futures with the Browns.
"“I would say it’s brighter than you all think it is because I think both of them are very talented individuals who have a chance to help this team moving forward,’’ Dorsey said according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com."
In all fairness to Corbett, this was likely a pick for down the road. He played tackle in college, but projects as a guard — or possibly center — in the NFL. With the Browns solid at all three interior spots, there was little chance he would be in the mix this season.
However, he could be in line to fill in should there be any unfortunate injury while also giving them options down the road should one of the veterans move on — or even if their salary ever starts to exceed their play.
Thomas, on the other hand, seemed further away from contributing. He didn’t show up much on film during the preseason and his 12 inactive games speak volumes. Still, Dorsey believes in him and with the GM’s track record, it’s hard not to give him the benefit of the doubt.