Offensive Line (9)
No positional group has had as much change as the Browns offensive line. With their new additions at tackle, this unit suddenly looks much better.
Jedrick Wills, Jr.
Cleveland used the No. 10 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, Jr. The second lineman chosen in the class, Wills is a great mix of technique, power, and athleticism.
His biggest challenge will be moving from right tackle to left tackle, but he has the ability to succeed and gives the Browns someone to trust on Baker Mayfield’s blind side.
Lining up next to Jedrick Wills is Joel Bitonio, the Browns star left guard. Bitonio has been the most consistent lineman this team has had over the past several seasons and he’s also the longest-tenured player on the team.
The NFLPA president, J.C. Tretter is a great leader for the Browns — and players in the NFL in general. As for his play on the field, he’s simply a warrior who has fought through nagging injuries over the past couple of seasons and has remained a steady force in the middle of the Browns line.
Just ahead of the 2019 season, Cleveland added Wyatt Teller in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. He ended up being their best option in 2019 and with Drew Forbes opting out, he has no real competition in 2020.
Austin Hooper wasn’t the only big signing this offseason as the Browns also picked up former Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin. He was a beast in the run game and is a big upgrade for Cleveland. Having him and Wills on the team turns the line into a strength, which is a welcome change given how much they struggled in this area over the past two campaigns.
Fans grew frustrated with Chris Hubbard and probably wouldn’t have been sad to see him released after Conklin and Wills were added. That didn’t happen since Hubbard was willing to restructure his deal but that’s excellent news for the Browns as they have a very experienced swing tackle — not to mention a possible interior lineman since Hubbard is capable of playing guard as well.
Last year’s swing tackle was Kendall Lamm and he comes back in 2020. Lamm is a decent option especially when you consider he’s the fourth guy on the depth chart.
Fifth-round pick Nick Harris was a solid center prospect out of Washington. He’s not considered incredibly versatile but he gives the Browns a solid option should they lose Tretter for any length of time.
Undrafted out of Tulsa in 2019, Willie Wright makes the final cut due to his ability to play both center and guard. Versatility can be key to making the roster and that helps him out here.