Redskins full NFL first-round mock: Is Chase Young the one?
By Ian Cummings
I’m not going to say the Cleveland Browns’ 2019 collapse could’ve been avoided with one competent offensive tackle. But it would have helped.
Baker Mayfield had a historic rookie season in 2018, and a number of factors went into his early production. Mayfield was an extremely accurate prospect heading into the NFL Draft, and Freddie Kitchens’ play calling opened up the offense. It wasn’t perfect, but things were looking up when Kitchens took the head coach job and hired productive play caller Todd Monken as his offensive coordinator.
Fast forward to today, however, and the Browns are 2-6 in an AFC North that features the winless Cincinnati Bengals and a Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers squad. Kitchens’ signature dish has soiled quickly, and Mayfield has undergone a stark regression.
The Browns will have to answer the questions that arose so quickly in the coaching staff, but one way they can help the offense immediately in the offseason is by re-investing in tackle talent. Mayfield has been under pressure a great deal this season, and he hasn’t been able to get comfortable. A burly bookend blocker with unforgiving power and athletic upside can help with that, and Tristan Wirfs, at No. 7, fits the bill perfectly.