Browns rookie Austin Corbett will get chance to win starting left tackle spot
The Cleveland Browns believe they’ve found their franchise quarterback with No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield. They also drafted offensive tackle Austin Corbett in the second round with the hope that he can protect Mayfield’s blindside for years to come.
Corbett will have some huge shoes to fill following the retirement of legendary left tackle Joe Thomas. Browns head coach Hue Jackson has confirmed that Corbett will get an opportunity to win the starting left tackle job for himself this season but admits that nothing’s set in stone just yet.
“You will see [Corbett] out there [at left tackle],” Browns coach Hue Jackson said per Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “There is no question he will be out there, but I think you will see him moved around, too. We are going to kind of see where our best five guys are and how they play, but he will get an opportunity out there.”
Corbett will likely compete with third-year pro Shon Coleman, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season, for that starting job. But even if the rookie loses out, he’ll likely have some role to play on the Browns’ O-line.
The Browns’ offensive line looks pretty much set apart from left tackle. Joel Bitonio will start at left guard, JC Tretter at center, Kevin Zeitler at right guard and newly signed free agent Chris Hubbard will take over for Coleman at right tackle. If Corbett can prove to be a steady option at left tackle as a rookie, the Browns could be in business.