Sowells Hopes to Change the Guard

The new Hoosier on the Browns line could be a starting guard by 2007. At least that's the hope of both Sowells and Browns GM Phil Savage as he look nervously at the age and injuries at the Browns starting guard spots...

BEREA -The Browns used the second pick in the fourth-round that was obtained in the Chris Crocker trade to address their offensive line.

Phil Savage said Isaac Sowells will most likely be moved to the guard position and the team hopes he can challenge for a starting position by the 2007 season.

"Isaac Sowells played left tackle at Indiana," Savage said. "About mid year, he showed what his potential could be at the NFL level."

Sowells was excited—almost giddy—about being selected by the Browns.

"I was surprised," he said. "(Savage) called me and said we were either going to pick you at 110 or 112 because Baltimore had the 111 pick. My mother didn't even know yet. I'm a little excited. When I read my name, I broke down and started crying."

Savage explained why the Browns see the potential in Sowells on the inside.

"Sowells really improved as time went along," Savage said. "We see him as a guard. He doesn't have the height for a left tackle (6-3) at the pro level, but we think he'll be a very athletic player at guard.

"He'll probably be a guard for us and we hope going into 2007 he can be a candidate to take one of those guard positions," Savage said. "We think with his athleticism and size (324 pounds), he can be a good fit there."

Joe Andruzzi and Cosey Coleman are the current starters at guard, but both have been plagued with knee injuries.

"We wanted to find a younger guard to develop for `07 relative to what the holes are now," Savage said. "I think we've done a good job in improving our offensive line."

Sowells said he sees no problem in making the transition to guard.

"I've been playing left tackle for the past three years," he said. "I played guard after my redshirt year. They said they were going to move me back to guard."

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