2019 was supposed to be the year for the Cleveland Browns. Maybe not the year to win the Super Bowl or anything but definitely a chance to once again be competitive in the NFL for the first time in what seems like forever.
With sophomore quarterback Baker Mayfield, the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. and a host of young stars already on the roster, the Browns came into this past season with a good bit of hype.
As we know now, the team didn’t quite live up to that hype and would end up going 6-10. Still, with a top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft, Cleveland has a chance to add a top talent to its roster and hopefully get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Browns could use an upgrade on the offensive line and Thomas is considered by many to be the top offensive lineman in the 2020 class.
The 6-foot-5, 322-pound tackle was a unanimous All-American for Georgia this season and would likely be a day-1 starter for Cleveland.
The Browns have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Nick Chubb (also a former Bulldog) and Thomas is an absolute mauler in run blocking situations.
There’s a chance he goes before pick No. 10 and there’s a chance that the team prefers another prospect like Alabama’s Jedrick Wills or Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs in this spot but Thomas is my bet for best tackle in the draft.
Offensive tackle might not be the most exciting pick but it is essential and certainly fits the team’s needs
The Browns ranked 30th in the NFL (out of 32) in terms of yards allowed per rush surrendering a staggering 5.0 yards per attempt. South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw has been quickly rising up draft boards in the last few months and the Browns should be ecstatic if they can grab him at 10.
Perhaps safety is a bigger need on the defensive side of the ball but there are currently no safeties projected to go this early in the draft and the team can grab a defensive back in rounds two or three.
As for Kinlaw, the South Carolina star is a physical monster at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds. Along with his immense size, Kinlaw is one of the most explosive athletes in the entire draft.
The Browns could use a tough, aggressive defender to anchor the middle of the defensive line and pair with Myles Garrett and Kinlaw has a good chance to be that for Cleveland.