Cleveland Browns film breakdown: Is Drew Forbes the answer at right guard?
By Mitch Zoloty
The Browns’ biggest hole on offense is currently the starting right guard position. They are returning Wyatt Teller, who started nine games at the position but don’t be surprised if Drew Forbes steals his spot.
The Cleveland Browns are absolutely loaded on offense. Their offense currently has a former NFL Rookie of the Year, 14 Pro Bowl selections, and one First-Team All-Pro between the players on the offensive roster. They do have one definite need though, and that is the starting right guard position. This has been a huge hole for the team since losing Kevin Zeitler in the trade for Olivier Vernon.
If the Browns can find a solid solution at this position, this offense could put up some record-breaking numbers. The current presumed starter at the position is Wyatt Teller, the 25-year-old offensive lineman who was acquired via trade last season from the Bills. Teller was the Bills fifth-round pick in 2018 and ended up starting seven games his rookie year. He notched nine starts for the Browns last season, and his play was improved from the previous incumbent Eric Kush.
Wyatt Teller’s only competition as of right now for the right guard spot was the Browns sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, Drew Forbes. Forbes has had some draft hype around him, as sports illustrated called him “Prospect X”, naming him the draft’s biggest sleeper. Former Browns offensive line coach James Campen is arguably a top-three offensive line coach in the NFL, and sports illustrated reported that he is who got former Browns general manager John Dorsey to Drew Forbes on their draft board.
There is clearly something special about Forbes to have one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL vouch for him. Could Forbes step up in year two for the Browns and oust incumbent Wyatt Teller? I went back and rewatched three preseason games where Forbes played for the Browns, those being against the Colts, Buccaneers, and Lions. Here’s what Forbes showed on film, and what this means for next season.