Cleveland Browns center option No. 3: Dylan Parham, Memphis
Dylan Parham of Memphis is the third option for the Browns. He’s another smaller, quicker guard who is an ideal fit for the Browns outside zone scheme. However, he has not played center full time in college.
He will be changing to the position as he comes into the NFL. Changing positions at the NFL level is always a tricky proposition.
Not only is Parham changing from guard to center but he had previously played tight end before transitioning to the interior offensive line. This means his blocking skills will be a little behind the others in the draft. But the upside is that he will be available in the later rounds as a project with some upside.
As one would expect from a tight end turned IOL, Parham has excellent mobility. He is quick and takes good blocking angles. He also has good balance as a blocker. He has very good strike technique as a blocker allowing him to win at hand fighting.
Also as one would expect, he is raw in pass protection. His feet remain unsettled which causes him to lose power against bull rushers. He’s small compared to other offensive linemen, which is why he was originally a tight end.
The Browns could probably get Parham as a day three pick. The advantage would be a guy learning to play center who has extensive experience blocking as a tight end. The position versatility would be exactly what the Browns would want out of an extra interior lineman. He could be a 3rd or 4th tight end as a blocking tight end.