Browns Depth Chart Review: Interior OL

We continue our Cleveland Browns Depth Chart Review Series with the team's interior offensive lineman. Who will start? Is there more depth this year behind the starters?

The NFL really never stops. Between Free Agency, the NFL Draft and all the Organized Team Activities before Training Camp, the cycle keeps spinning. The Cleveland Browns made some moves in Free Agency, added 12 draft picks in the NFL Draft and have had their rookie mini-camp already. That gives us a perfect time to take a look at the team's Depth Chart, position by position, and evaluate where each player stands.

A lot of unknown still stands with the Browns roster. At this time last year we weren't sure about Taylor Gabriel, Isaiah Crowell or K'Waun Williams. Each, in their own way, made an impact on the 2014 Season and are now considered a part of the team's future. The Browns have increased the depth of talent on the roster but value competition over everything else. Can an Undrafted Free Agent make the team again this year? Will a veteran be a surprise cut?

Lots of moving parts as we prepare for Training Camp.

We started out our Browns Depth Chart Series by looking at The Quarterbacks, then we turned our attention to The Running Backs, the focal point of the Browns offense. We went on to hit on the wide receiver group. Last time we looked at the Browns offensive tackles.

Today it is time to look at the interior of the Browns offensive line.

We will use Pro Football Focus grades in the stats category.

How will the interior offensive line depth chart figure itself out? We take a look.

Joel Bitonio

Age

23

Height/Weight

6'4", 305 pounds

College

Nevada

Experience

1 year

2014 Stats

PFF Grade: #5 OG Overall = 22.4, Pass Blocking = 10.2, Run Blocking = 11.7

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

LG1

Strengths

Bitonio showed an overall game in his rookie season. Enough power to push people and enough finesse to dance with defenders. His feet and football IQ were impressive.

Areas of Concerns

Taking the next step. Bitonio was great his rookie year, can he continue to develop and take the next step in his second season?

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

LG1 - Injury only would change this. Get the feeling the Browns see Bitonio as their 2nd most important OL piece behind Joe Thomas.

Role Expectations

In his 2nd year expect Bitonio to take on more leadership specifically helping rookie Cameron Erving adjust to the NFL.

Off-season will be a success if...

Stays healthy, shows continued development.

Related Links

Bitonio at the Senior Bowl - Subscriber

Browns Draft Bitonio 35th Overall

Alex Mack

Age

29

Height/Weight

6'4" 311 pounds

College

California

Experience

6 years

2014 Stats

PFF Grade: #10 C Overall = 6.9, Pass Blocking = 1.4, Run Blocking = 5.1

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

C1

Strengths

Mack is a smart center who plays with great leverage and uses his hands well. He can anchor at the point of attack or get out and attack defenders on the move.

Areas of Concerns

Injury recovery, mindset. Mack is coming back after missing much of last season. How he recovers will be huge, so will how he feels about the Browns drafting Erving in the 1st Round.

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

C1 - Again, only injury, or poor recovery from last year's injury will change this.

Role Expectations

Mack anchors the Browns great offensive line and without him they crumbled. He will help set the tone.

Off-season will be a success if...

His rehab from injury, confidence in his leg and buy in to the team plans are strong. Signing a new contract would be nice but highly, highly unlikely.

Related Links

Notes from OTA on Mack's Return

In College, Mack Cares Not About Attention

John Greco

Age

30

Height/Weight

6'4", 318 pounds

College

Toledo

Experience

7 years

2014 Stats

PFF Grade: #11 OG Overall = 15.6, Pass Blocking = 1.4, Run Blocking = 11.9

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

RG1 - Greco holds this spot based on a great season last year. He was #11 overall at guard, not just right guards.

Strengths

As his PFF numbers show, Greco was great in run blocking last year, 7th overall.

Areas of Concerns

Age, upside, pass blocking. Greco has crossed 30, has a lot of competition and his pass blocking was acceptable but not great.

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

LG2 - Greco had a great year last year but is likely to have a lot of competition for his job this year. Would not be shocked if he started again this season but he could provide the Browns with a great versatile backup that they lacked last year.

Role Expectations

Greco will be expected to be a veteran competitor and set the tone of the competition for his job.

Off-season will be a success if...

For Greco, he keeps his starting job. For the Browns, if Greco can be their 6th OL providing great versatility.

Related Links

Toledo's Pro Day for Greco - Subscriber

Browns Strength is on the Offensive Line

Cameron Erving

Age

22

Height/Weight

6'5", 313 pounds

College

Florida State

Experience

Rookie

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

RG2 - Erving starts out as the Browns primary backup offensive lineman at both right guard and right tackle.

Strengths

Feet, versatility and size. Erving showed at FSU that he can play all 5 spots with good feet to go with his size.

Areas of Concerns

Transition to the NFL is huge for Erving. Where is he best suited for this year? Beyond?

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

RG1 - Due to Greco's age, Erving's upside and planning for the future, I think Erving gets the start here. Wouldn't shock to see him either backup or start at right tackle. If he has to replace Mack next year, sliding from guard to center may be easier transition.

Role Expectations

Be the eyes and ears open rookie to learn from the great players around him on the offensive line.

Off-season will be a success if...

If Erving can adjust to the NFL quickly and grab hold of a starting job out of Training Camp.

Related Links

Browns Building Through the Trenches

High School Scout of Cameron Erving

Ryan Seymour

Age

25

Height/Weight

6'4", 305 pounds

College

Vanderbilt

Experience

1 year

2014 Stats

PFF Grade: Overall = -5.1, Pass Blocking = -2.0, Run Blocking = -1.4

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

C2

Strengths

The Browns are big on Seymour's upside and ability to develop in the center of the line.

Areas of Concerns

Seymour struggled last year as a rookie replacing Mack. His PFF grades show that.

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

C3 - Seymour would backup Mack if Erving is starting elsewhere.

Role Expectations

The Browns hope that Seymour shows up stronger and can give depth in the middle of the line instead of forcing Erving there if Mack is hurt.

Off-season will be a success if...

Seymour makes the team.

Related Links

Browns Re-Sign Seymour

Seymour Coming Out of High School

Vinston Painter

Age

25

Height/Weight

6'4", 309 pounds

College

Virginia Tech

Experience

1 year

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

LG2 - Painter could kick outside or stay inside.

Strengths

Size, feet. Painter is young and developing. The Browns seem to like his size and feet in their version of the Zone Blocking Scheme.

Areas of Concerns

As a primary backup on the left side, Painter is not highly talented at this point in his development.

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

LG3 - Technically Painter might be second on the depth chart but Greco, Erving, Mitchell Schwartz or Michael Bowie, all competing on the right side would likely play over him.

Role Expectations

Show development that gives Browns comfort in case a player goes down with injury.

Off-season will be a success if...

He makes the team due to development after no playing time last year.

Related Links

Browns Add Young OL Depth - Fast Lane

Painter Top HS Offensive Lineman in 2007 - Subscriber

Andrew McDonald

Age

26

Height/Weight

6'6", 310 pounds

College

Indiana

Experience

1 year

Estimated Current Depth Chart Position

LG3

Strengths

Young McDonald has the size that the Browns like on the offensive line. Tall but lean.

Areas of Concerns

Overall talent level and development. McDonald's size hasn't transitioned to the NFL level yet with no on the field experience.

Projected 2015 Depth Chart Position

Last OL, Cut - McDonald is on the bubble. He could be the last lineman to make the roster or get cut as the Browns look to add other player cut from another team.

Role Expectations

Compete, provide depth.

Off-season will be a success if...

McDonald shows enough development that he makes the team.

Related Links

Cancer Survivor McDonald Joins Hometown Colts

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Other Players on Roster: Karim Barton, Tyler Loos, Darrian Miller, Eric Olsen

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