While the interior offensive line was solid last year, the huge struggle was pass protection by the tackles. At times the unit was tremendous run-blocking, but then became far too predictable and struggled to move the ball.
Jack Conklin – Right Tackle
Perhaps the biggest free-agent signing by the Browns this offseason was right tackle Jack Conklin, who they swooped away from the Tennessee Titans. After earning all-pro honors his rookie season, Conklin hasn’t necessarily lived up to expectations since.
An injury in 2018 shortened his season and many speculate he was never fully healthy in 2019. With a full offseason to rehabilitate and the motivation to prove doubters wrong, look for Conklin to have a monster year protecting Mayfield.
Jedrick Wills – Left Tackle
All offseason there wasn’t a question of what position the Browns would draft, it was which of the top four offensive tackles would they choose? While Jedrick Wills will be asked to shift from the right side of the ball to the left, there appears to be a strong conclusion by experts that Wills was the best tackle prospect in the draft.
Andrew Berry was quick to comment after the draft that the organization believed from the beginning that Wills could easily make the transition from right to left tackle, but it is an intriguing question on who the Browns had number one on their draft board. Two major reasons to not be worried about Wills: One, he played against SEC talent each week and gave up one quarterback sack in college. Two, Bill Callahan is his position coach and is one of the best in the game. Look for the Browns to go from worst to best in starting tackle tandems in the league.
Chris Hubbard – Swing
While Hubbard didn’t live up to his contract he signed before the 2018 season with the Browns, he was a true team player this offseason when he restructured. Hubbard took a 66 percent base salary cut with a $1 million signing bonus. While it is easy to call Hubbard a “team guy”, he knew he would likely get cut if he did nothing.
Hubbard will go from a weak starting tackle to a tremendous swing player that can be the sixth man. If an injury pops up at any position, he is a guy with starting experience that can step in. It will not be ideal for Hubbard to be a long-term starter, but if necessary, there could be worse options.