3 positions the Cleveland Browns must draft in 2023

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Oct 31, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive tackle James Hudson III (66) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Browns Position to Target No. 2: Offensive Line

I know I’m starting to beat a dead horse with this, but the Cleveland Browns must improve their offensive line play if they want to be successful in 2023. Deshaun Watson is athletic and the run game is strong which will help, but when someone is in your face instantly I don’t care how good you are, it’s tough to be an NFL quarterback.

The starting five from 2022 (with Nick Harris at center) will likely be the same unit in 2023. While I highly doubt the team will pick up the fifth-year option on Jedrick Wills, it’s also too early to move on from the former No. 10 overall pick.

There’s hope that Jack Conklin will also have a better 2023 with a full offseason of training instead of rehabbing a serious kneecap injury that occurred at the end of the 2021 season. The interior line with Joel Bitonio, Wyatt Teller, and Harris is solid on paper, but they must be better in pass protection.

Berry won’t be looking to add a starter in this year’s draft but will be looking for a guy like James Hudson who can be a solid backup in 2023 if injuries happened, and eventually turn into an NFL starter. With Hudson as the swingman on the outside, look for Berry to take an interior lineman maybe as early as round three to bolster this roster for 2023 and down the road.

The athletic guys that can get outside and run block are great, but I think it’s time to bring in a guy who is as strong as a bull and can deliver a hard punch at the point of contact to slow down an aggressive bullrush.