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Cleveland Browns: In-Depth Position Analysis- Offensive Line

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CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 09: Cleveland Browns offensive guard Wyatt Teller (77) blacks Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Tre Flowers (33) during the third quarter of the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on January 9, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

This is probably the second-best group on the whole team behind the running backs. Even though J.C. Tretter was released, and Jack Conklin is still injured from last season I think this group will still be just as dominant, maybe even more dominant.

The release of Tretter was a shock to most people because he has been so good at his position for so long. Like most Browns fans, I never question Andrew Berry’s decision-making as it has yet to bite us.

They only brought in one lineman with that being Ethan Pocic, center, from the Seattle Seahawks. They also re-signed Chris Hubbard who has been on the team for 4 years. Other than that they really stayed out of the Offensive Line free agent market because they have been such a dominant group for the last couple of years.

Wyatt Teller- Guard

The Browns acquired Teller back in 2019 and looking at the trade now it looks like a steal. Since joining the Browns he has been a 2-time All-Pro second team and a Pro Bowler in 2021. Teller is one of if not the anchor of this offensive line.

There really isn’t that much to say about him besides he dominates and is very good at what he does. Wyatt also just signed a 4-year 56.8 Million dollar extension last season so we will be in good hands until 2025 and hopefully many more years after that.

2022 Depth Projection – Starting Right Guard

Nick Harris – Center

In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Nick Harris in the 5th round 160th overall. The 2-time All-Pac12 first-team player has only started 2 games in his early career with the Browns. J.C. Tretter was on the Covid-19 list both times. We haven’t seen much out of him but when he has played he has played really well. Lots of people were wondering how he would do and he definitely proved something to the coaches for him to be the starter rolling into this season.

Seems like the coaches across the board are excited to see Nick in the starting spot. This offseason he has definitely been working hard on his body and just overall performance. Looking like he slimmed down a little. As well as adding some muscle. I think people are going to be fine with this move because I could see Nick Harris being a huge part of this offensive line this upcoming season.

2022 Depth Projection- Starting Center

Jedrick Wills Jr. – Tackle

The former 10th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft hasn’t been as productive as one would hope. In his first season, he played really well and was even Pepsi’s rookie of the week in week 10 of the 2020 season but injuries have been a question for Jed. Last year in week one he suffered an ankle injury that would be bugging him for the rest of the year. This led to a down year but it wasn’t just because of the ankle. He just wasn’t the same guy as in week 1 before the ankle injury.

Jed hasn’t been active on Social Media like he was in the 2021 off-season and just like Nick Harris he has just been working, getting more stronger and lean. I see a big year from Jed and more of a bounce-back year for him giving them the franchise left tackle they have been looking for. With that I see him being a big part of this offensive line with a pro bowl type of year.

2022 Depth Projection- Starting Left Tackle

Joel Bitonio – Guard

How do you talk Cleveland Browns offensive line without mentioning the longest-tenured lineman on the team? There really isn’t much to talk about. Joel has been so dominant at what he does for so long that it would be a SHOCKER if he doesn’t repeat what he has done 4ish years. Since 2018 he has been a 3x Second Team All-Pro, In 2021 he was First Team All-Pro. And in all that has made the Pro Bowl all 4 years.

This past season the Browns signed Joel to a 3 Year 48 Million dollar extension. The day after inking up Wyatt Teller so both guards will be in a Cleveland uniform until 2025 and hopefully longer. But as I said earlier I think that he will keep up with what he has done and just be so productive.

2022 Depth Projection- Starting Left Guard

James Hudson III – Tackle

One of the most interesting people on the offensive line. 2nd-year tackle James Hudson III. He started 4 games last year. He definitely could be a very good offensive tackle but since we only had a small sample size last year we can’t justify that he is going to be the next great thing. But I think he has a very bright future.

This year is a big year because he could be the starting right tackle for the beginning of the season because of Jack Conklin being injured last year. It’s going to be a battle between James Hudson and Chris Hubbard. But if Hudson gets the start he could definitely make an impact and get his name there and hopefully, he can cement his name into a full time starting role.

2022 Depth Projection- Starting Right Tackle To Start The Season

Overall

The Browns’ offensive line is going to be just as good as it’s been for the last couple of years. Even with the loss of J.C. Tretter who was an anchor of the line. I think with all the young talent on the line this could be a great group of lineman for a while. So get ready to see the same production in the run game and less sacks because they will be a special group.

What do you think?

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Written by Skyler Matthews

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