Cleveland Browns film breakdown: Is Drew Forbes the answer at right guard?
By Mitch Zoloty
Drew Forbes Has Potential
When watching Forbes’ film, it’s clear that he is a unique player. He excels at what can be considered the hardest parts of being an offensive lineman. The weaknesses in his game come at some of the easier aspects of being an offensive lineman.
This means it should be easier for him to be good. I think that he will be able to excel in the Browns new offensive system. Forbes and Browns new right tackle Jack Conklin both share a common trait, and that is one of the best parts of their game is playing in open space.
Having similar strengths to Conklin could definitely be a benefit for Forbes, as it should be easier for the two to create chemistry. However, there’s a reason that Teller started over Forbes last season. Teller is currently the better player, as of their resumes put on tape last season.
That’s not to say that Teller should be a lock at starter. The camp battle between the two is probably going to be the most interesting one to watch, especially on offense. Both players are young, on cheap contracts, and should definitely be on the Browns for the next few years.
By the end of Forbes’ rookie contract, he could definitely develop into a good offensive guard in the NFL. Last season, he just wasn’t ready. With a new offensive line coach, new play-caller/head coach, and a new general manager, it will be interesting to see if the new regime is high on him and keeps him around.
There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be, but if they don’t, he will likely find another home in the NFL very fast. Forbes is the type of player that the Browns should be hoping to draft in the late rounds. He is talented and has great potential, it is just up to the coaching staff to help him develop that potential.
It’s only March, so it is a very risky game trying to call some of the more competitive starting job battles this early. Based on last season’s tape it appears that Wyatt Teller is the man for the job and it is his to lose.
However, it would not surprise me to see Drew Forbes pull up to Browns training camp this season and give Teller a run for his money if Forbes can improve these aspects of his technique.