Andrew Thomas – Offensive Tackle, Georgia
Thomas has been the number one or two tackle on the board all offseason, before the explosion from Wirfs and Becton at the NFL combine. Thomas performed well against top SEC talent in three years of starting experience with the Bulldogs. The scouting report on Thomas has always been solid pass and run blocker, but has struggled at times with the speedy rush ends. That is alarming with the huge impact from speed rushers in the NFL the last five years, but overall he is the most likely fit for Cleveland.
Thomas was a three-year starter for Kirby Smart at Georgia and would come prepared to be the day-one starter at left tackle. After the departure of Joe Thomas, the Browns have had a revolving door at tackle, all with mediocre play. While it isn’t fair to put that kind of pressure on a rookie, the tape shows Thomas could be the next Browns tackle for 10 years.
After being sacked 40 times in 2019, Baker Mayfield will be thrilled to see Jack Conklin and Andrew Thomas suited up in brown and orange. With much better protection in 2020, look for Mayfield to shine with much credit given to the rookie tackle Thomas.
Tristan Wirfs – Offensive Tackle, Iowa
Likely no one has upgraded their stock as much as Tristan Wirfs in the last two months. Running a 4.85 40-yard dash and throwing up 225 an impressive 24 times have teams falling in love with the Iowa product. Not to mention he broke the offensive linemen record with a vertical jump of 36.5-inches in Indianapolis.
Keep in mind, Wirfs saw most of his college snaps at right tackle, but showed flexibility to switch to the left side when needed. While Wirfs performed off the charts at the Combine, remember the tape doesn’t lie. It must be mentioned Wirfs did struggle this year against one of Iowa’s toughest opponents of the year, Michigan. The off the chart athleticism is much to be desired, and it is difficult to think Callahan couldn’t mold Wirfs into a Pro Bowler.
Most Browns fans have Wirfs as the No. 1 option, and I don’t disagree. However, Wirfs will likely be the first tackle taken and Browns may not have a shot at him. IF he is on the board, this will be an easy decision for Berry. The other good news is, if Wirfs makes it to No. 10, there is zero chance Simmons is available.