The Cleveland Browns struggled on the offensive side of the ball last season.
One of the biggest factors for their downfall was their mediocre offensive line.
Both Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard were unreliable throughout most of the regular season.
The Browns were unable to find a suitable right guard after trading Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants.
Cleveland began the offseason with the challenge of rebuilding their offensive line.
New head coach Kevin Stefanski and longtime offensive line guru Bill Callahan were tasked with leading the charge.
They’ve done a fantastic job, but there is still one spot on the Browns offensive line heading into training camp that is questionable.
The Revamping Process
It didn’t take the Browns too long before they added a new right tackle to their squad.
They weren’t afraid to go after top free agents knowing they needed to make major improvements.
Cleveland landed highly coveted right tackle Jack Conklin to a three-year deal worth $42 million.
Browns agree to terms with OT Jack Conklin on a three-year, $42M deal. (via @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/HRsCJeX4ir
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2020
Conklin is an elite run blocker that fits well into the zone scheme.
He was a great addition, but the Browns weren’t done adding yet.
During the 2020 NFL Draft, the Browns selected Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the No. 10 overall pick.
Heading into the draft, Wills was projected to be one of the top tackles in the entire draft class.
The Browns were able to find two reliable starting options for the tackle spots just through free agency and the draft.
The Remaining Spots
Both Conklin and Wills are projected to be the starting tackles during the 2020 season.
The Browns have two-time Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio returning for his seventh year in Cleveland.
At the center spot, the Browns have J.C. Tretter who has been a fantastic option for Cleveland over the last three seasons.
Tretter has played all 16 games each of the last three years at the center spot for the Browns.
However, the final spot on the Browns offensive line is up in the air right now.
The right guard spot was an area the Browns had trouble filling last year and it might end up haunting them again in 2020.
Who Wins The Right Guard Job?
At the moment, Wyatt Teller is projected to be the starting right guard, but that may change.
Last season, Eric Kush started the first seven games at right guard, but was benched after posting a 45.4 overall grade.
The Browns handed the starting job to Teller, but he was not too impressive during his nine starts with the team.
Cleveland does have a couple of other options such as Hubbard or Drew Forbes who could take over the starting right guard spot.
Hubbard is entering his third season with the Browns, but has not played anything like Browns expected when they signed him in 2018.
He does not have much experience at the guard spot, so it’s unlikely the Hubbard ends up earning the starting spot at right guard.
John Dorsey gave Chris Hubbard a 5 year $36,500,000 contract. He's almost the worst-ranked RT in the NFL
— ChadP71 @BrownsAccess (@chadp71) December 29, 2019
Lastly, Forbes appears to be the sleeper for the right guard job, but didn’t see much action during his rookie season.
He was only able to play in two games due to injuries, so he’ll need to prove that he’s healthy during training camp.
At the end of the day, Teller is likely going to win the final starting spot.
Teller is not a perfect fit, but he is a better option than Hubbard or Forbes right now.
The Browns will have four reliable starters on the offensive line, which is much better than what Cleveland was dealing with last season.
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