ARLINGTON, Texas– The Cleveland Browns selected Austin Corbett, offensive tackle from Nevada, with the first pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Corbett has the right size to compete for a guard spot right away at 6 foot 4 and 306 pounds. Scouts praise his football IQ, ability to make adjustments and leadership qualities. But he could bring a lot more to the Browns.
“Someone that just understands this game and loves the game of football from a mental side of things and really just wants to get after it, scheme up a defense and see what works best. Now on top of that, it is just that physicality. Growing up wrestling, I feel like I have got that nasty to me. What makes offensive line fun is being able to break someone’s will over the course of a game,” Corbett said.
The Browns added Georgia running back Nick Chubb two spots later.
In 2015, he suffered a devastating knee injury and returned the following year, but lacked the same explosiveness.
Last season, Chubb rushed for 1,345 yards for 15 touchdowns. He averaged 6 yards a carry.
“I have been a big fan of Chubb for a long time,” said Alonzo Highsmith, Browns vice president of player personnel. “Not only is he a great football player, a tremendous person, a tremendous individual and a tremendous leader. He exemplifies what we are trying to build in Cleveland. We want real guys. We want guys that like football.”
In the opening round, the Browns took Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, then followed up with Ohio State corner Denzel Ward at No. 4. Both were at the team’s facility in Berea on Friday to speak with the media.