It took until the sixth round, but the Cleveland Browns have made their first selection on the offensive side of the ball. With the 189th overall pick in sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns selected offensive lineman Drew Forbes of Southeast Missouri State. The Browns are a team in need of depth on the offensive line and it looks like they selected a versatile one in Forbes.
Forbes played offensive tackle in college, but the Browns announced him as an offensive guard, a position many draft analysts project him to play. In his senior season last year, he earned second-team Associated Press FCS All-American honors and first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. Here is what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about newest Browns offensive lineman:
Forbes lacks the size and length to stay at left tackle and will need to transition inside to guard as a pro. He’s a determined blocker with enough athletic ability and instincts in space to transition into a role as a backup zone-scheme guard. If he continues to operate out over his skis and with late hands in pass pro, he will have a difficult time dealing with NFL interior linemen. If a coach can correct those muscle memory issues, he has the upside to keep moving forward and up the depth chart.
The Browns now have one more pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 221 overall in the seventh round. Here’s some of his highlights: