Cleveland Browns: 4 first-round targets after Sheldon Richardson signing
1. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Way back in early February, Daniel Jeremis of NFL.com picked Andre Dillard as the player the Browns should draft at No. 17. At the time, this seemed like a bit of a reach for the kid from Washington State, but we at Dawg Pound Daily did admit that Jeremiah usually knows what he’s talking about. And it turned out he did.
Back then, Jeremiah said Dillard was the best prospect at left tackle, and he was especially fond of how well he held up in pass blocking.
"“I believe Dillard is the top left tackle prospect in the draft and his pass-protecting prowess is just what Baker Mayfield needs.” — Jeremiah, NFL.com"
After this proclamation about the Washington State tackle came out, Dillard has done nothing but raise his stock. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl where he was able to hold his own in the one-on-one drills as well as the actual game.
Then, he went into the combine and proved to be one of the more agile tackles coming into the NFL. While it’s true the Browns have Greg Robinson on the roster, he does have just a one-year deal which means Cleveland doesn’t have to commit to him beyond this season.
They could also let Robinson compete with Chris Hubbard for the right tackle spot should someone like Dillard come in at No. 17 and take the job right away. Having too many tackles is a problem this team would be happy to have.