Up in the Air: Offensive Line
The Cleveland Browns offensive line was a sore spot in 2018 up until Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired. With them out, Freddie Kitchens took the reins on offense and suddenly things were better. Baker Mayfield was sacked just five times in the final eight games, which is very encouraging heading into this season.
Four of the five starters will return after Greg Robinson signed a one-year deal. The former No. 2 overall pick was a pleasant surprise and could earn a long-term deal if his play continues. If not, the Browns could be in trouble. Behind him now are Desmond Harrison and Kendall Lamm, with Harrison likely the primary backup. He did start eight games and showed some promise, but Harrison needs a lot of work.
While there’s some concern there, the real question lies at right guard. Cleveland traded away Kevin Zeitler, who was one of their best and most consistent blockers. With him gone, the Browns will turn to Austin Corbett who was the No. 33 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
A former tackle at Nevada, Corbett spent last season adjusting to his new position. He was sparingly used in the regular season but got a lot of time in the preseason. He showed progress throughout those games but wasn’t ready for his new position.
Should he still be behind the eight-ball, John Dorsey will likely take some heat for trading Zeitler. On the flipside, if he proves to be able to fill the role and they get a lot of production from Oliver Vernon (who they acquired for Zeitler) he’s going to look like a genius.