Filling out the depth chart
One of the bigger decisions this season will be if the Browns carry eight or nine active offensive linemen each week. After all the injury issues last year and an increased roster in 2020, don’t be shocked to see the Browns beef up their depth. It’s a difficult decision as none of the offensive linemen can really contribute on special teams.
Kendall Lamm – Offensive Tackle
Look for Kendall Lamm to make the roster as the fourth tackle. Lamm has starting experience in the NFL with the Houston Texans, but an injury last season would eliminate his opportunities with the Browns. With 26 games of starting experience, Lamm is a solid option as a fourth tackle on the roster.
Drew Forbes – Guard
Drew Forbes was a successful small-college tackle that has converted to guard in the NFL. Many expected him to compete to be the starting right guard in 2019 before an injury in the last preseason game. Forbes will make another push to be the starting guard, but his lack of athleticism will ultimately hold him back.
Again, Forbes will be a tremendous backup for the interior offensive line but won’t be a starting fit in 2020. The biggest question for him will be if Callahan wants to give Hubbard a shot at moving to guard. If that happens, Forbes may have a tough time making the active roster on Sunday.
Nick Harris – Center
Many are excited about fifth-round pick Nick Harris. In order to be a starting NFL center, Harris will have to continue to get stronger, but he has the athleticism to excel in the wide-zone scheme. Early in the draft process Harris was the number one center but lost some stock with a below-average performance at the senior bowl.
Harris will have time to develop in Cleveland and won’t be asked to start right away which will put him in a better position for a successful NFL career. Look for Tretter to take Harris under his wings to begin developing the rookie.