3. Alex Taylor, Offensive Tackle, South Carolina State
The Cleveland Browns offensive line has gone from a weak link in 2019 to a potential strength in 2020. With the signing of Jack Conklin and the drafting of Jedrick Wills Jr., the Browns feel they have fixed the tackle position.
Cleveland also has depth at the position in Kendall Lamm and, a former starter, Chris Hubbard, even on the team. You’re probably asking yourself, then why is Alex Taylor on this list. The answer is simple, young cheap backup talent. If Taylor can show he can hold his own during camp and preseason, it would allow the Browns to cut either Lamb or Hubbard, adding minimal but valuable cap space.
Taylor brings the prototypical size that most teams look for in a tackle at 6-8 301 pounds, and he could hold a bit more weight/muscle on his frame. Taylor’s strengths are his mobility and length highlighted by his 5.09 time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.79 time in the 20-yard shuttle.
Those times are right in the wheelhouse for a lineman to be successful in a zone scheme. Taylor will need to get stronger and improve his overall technique to compete at the NFL level but is a high-end developmental lineman. Taylor has a lot of raw ability and has a real chance of latching on to the roster because of it.