3. Chris Hubbard
It’s surprising that Chris Hubbard is still on the Browns’ roster. Teams usually don’t draft a player in the top-10 if they don’t plan to start him immediately. With all of the praise given by Alex Van Pelt, Jedrick Wills will more than likely be the starting left tackle with Jack Conklin holding down the right side. That makes Hubbard a somewhat expensive backup tackle.
He is set to make $4.7 million in base salary and bonuses this season, while Wills is set to make in the $3.5 million range.
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Hubbard had a rough season last year, to say the least. In 14 appearances, he had trouble staying in front of his assignments, which led to eight total penalties. That number is more than Hubbard had in his entire career to that point.
One can try to attribute these penalties to the previous coach, but at some point, a player has to take accountability. Hubbard just couldn’t cut the mustard last year and the new coaching staff isn’t going to give him a pass.
The book is closed on him starting at tackle, but he could compete for the starting right guard slot. Hubbard could even find himself on the trade block if Wyatt Teller or Drew Forbes impress early in camp and preseason.