Predicting the Browns offensive depth chart after the 2019 NFL Draft

The Browns added seven players in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the draft impact on the offense was pretty minimal. Only one of the seven picks plays offense.

Here’s how the offensive depth chart stands after the draft.

Quarterback

Starter: Baker Mayfield

Backup: Drew Stanton

Bubble: Garrett Gilbert

The Browns are set at QB with Mayfield and did not address the position in the draft. Stanton returns as the veteran backup. Gilbert set the AAF on fire and could seize a roster spot if he shows enough to convince coach Kitchens to keep a third QB.

Running back

Starter: Nick Chubb

Reserves: Kareem Hunt, Duke Johnson, Dontrelle Hilliard

Competing: Devante Mays

Another position where the Browns stood on their current guys in the draft. To paraphrase John Dorsey, Duke Johnson remains on the team until he is not anymore. Hilliard showed enough as a rookie last year to stick as the deep reserve. Hunt is suspended for the first 8 games, which leaves an opening for Mays or another aspirant to get a shot.

Tight end

Starter: David Njoku

Reserves: Demetrius Harris

Competing: Orson Charles, Seth DeValve, Pharaoh Brown

Njoku enters his third year brimming with ability but still in need of consistency. Harris was signed as a free agent and figures to be the primary blocking TE, a role that will earn him some starts but also other weeks where he doesn’t play much.

At least one, and probably two, of the other holdovers will make the team. Charles has the best chance because of his ability to play fullback and H-back. It’s a big offseason for DeValve, who has done little in his two seasons in Cleveland.

Wide receiver

Starters: Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins

Reserves: Antonio Callaway

Competing: Jaelen Strong, Damion Ratley, Blake Jackson, Derrick Willies, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppe, Ishmael Hyman

The first four spots appear locked in. At least one other will make the team, with 2018 draftee Ratley having the inside edge. Special teams will be key for any in the “competing” category. No draft picks added here, either.

Offensive line

Starters (left to right): Greg Robinson, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Austin Corbett, Chris Hubbard

Competing: Eric Kush, Kendall Lamm, Desmond Harrison, Kyle Kalis, Brad Seaton, Bryan Witzmann, David Bright, Drew Forbes

Forbes is the only offensive draft pick and he’s making a big jump from playing tackle at the FCS level to guard in the NFL. Expect him to make the practice squad. Kush is the most experienced reserve and can play both guard and center. Lamm vs. Harrison for the swing tackle spot is one of the more interesting camp battles shaping up.

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