Round 5, Pick 170: Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
With the Browns trading away Kevin Zeitler, they expect 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett to be ready to step into his vacated spot on the line. Of course, the right guard position won’t be handed to him, but Corbett will be given every opportunity to prove he can be the guy.
With him potentially moving up, that leaves a hole on the bench in terms of backup interior linemen. The Browns also don’t have a true backup center on the roster meaning things could get rough should something happen to J.C. Tretter.
Here they take care of those issues by picking up Georgia center Lamont Gaillard who will be the primary backup to Tretter but could also play either guard position if needed. Currently, Gaillard looks to be a late-round pick but he is said to have a lot of upside by Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network.
"“Lamont Gaillard presents modest upside as a potential starting center in the NFL. Gaillard’s lateral mobility suggests he’s best served playing in a gap/power system, he’s more effective playing forward than side to side. Gaillard has a nice anchor and the needed functional strength to eat up power rushes on the interior while sustaining pocket integrity for his quarterback. He’ll have to continue to develop patience in space and not chase blocks to maximize his potential.” — Crabbs, The Draft Network"
Georgia has turned out a lot of good offensive linemen. They play against some of the best talent in the NCAA which helps in evaluating them. Gaillard has always held his own and will really be a positive force in the run game due to his strength.