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Browns rookie Jedrick Wills expected to be Cleveland’s new starting LT

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The Cleveland Browns hinted at Jedrick Wills becoming their starting left tackle when they selected him in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Wills, who played right tackle at Alabama, had already begun watching film and doing some workouts to begin the transition to the blind side prior to the draft.

Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan has full confidence Wills can handle the position, saying he can make the switch “easily” because of the athleticism he possesses.

The Browns have placed a heavy emphasis on upgrading the offensive line this offseason.

Cleveland signed former All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin prior to drafting Wills, and they also have shown some interest in veteran left tackle Jason Peters.

However, Callahan’s assertion the Browns expect Wills to start might make it less likely they sign Peters in free agency.

Signing Peters would allow Wills to learn behind one of the best offensive tackles in football, Peters has said he wants to play into his 40s, and might demand a multiyear contract. Naturally, this would delay Wills’ opportunity to see significant playing time, particularly considering Conklin will lock down the right side.

Callahan and the Browns appear to have full confidence in Wills, though they will need him to get up to speed in a hurry.

Part of the onus for improving the offensive line stems from a desire for a cleaner pocket for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who struggled in his sophomore campaign.

Wills will shoulder a lot of responsibility as he makes the move to left tackle.