Cleveland Browns Position of Weakness No. 1 – Offensive Tackle
Baker Mayfield was certainly bad in 2021, but his offensive line (specifically the tackles) did absolutely nothing to help him out. Jack Conklin missed most of the season with multiple injuries, and Jedrick Wills really struggled in his second full season.
Wills fought through some tough injuries and should be significantly better in 2022, but there are no guarantees that the poor play was just a fluke. Additionally, Conklin had an injury to his kneecap that some guys never return from.
I’m not sure the team will be looking to re-sign Chris Hubbard as their sixth man because of injuries, and there is a good chance that they are ready to let J.C. Tretter go in place for Nick Harris. Again, if the tackles hold up, they will be fine, but if injuries happen again, we could have the exact same issue in 2022.
James Hudson could be the wild card. He really struggled as a rookie in 2021, but with a lot of experience under his belt, he may take a big step in 2022. It’s still unclear if Bill Callahan will remain the offensive line coach, but man this team could really use him.
The Browns don’t have enough money to spend wild in free agency, but they need to find a utility guy to come in who can play almost every position.
Perhaps a tackle with starting experience that falls into wave two of free agency can come in and fill the void of Hubbard.