It's tough to think about the draft right now. An hour before the second round began, the news broke that WR Josh Gordon is facing a year-long ban for failing a drug test. Despite the front office reportedly having known about that for two weeks, the Browns did not take a receiver in the first round. The first two picks on Day 2 were not receivers, so Cleveland had their pick of the top receivers available when they were on the clock, yet they still decided to beef up the offensive line.
When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Bitonio was the 18th-ranked player remaining heading into Day 2.
NFL Combine Measureables:
Weight: 302 pounds
40 yard: 4.96 seconds
10 Yard Split: 1.78 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
Given that OG Xavier Su'a-Filo was gone at No. 33, though, it's not too surprising to see Bitonio going to the Browns. He played offensive tackle in college, but it would seem like he'd shift to the inside and play offensive guard for the Browns. He should be in competition with OG John Greco, OG Jason Pinkston, OG Garrett Gilkey, and OG Paul McQuistan for a starting role this year.
Here is what Mountain West Connection, our Nevada affiliate, had to say about Bitonio:
Any team needing depth across all five positions on the offensive line would be smart to take a look at Bitonio. Although he played left tackle at Nevada, Bitonio is seen as a player who can be extremely versatile on an NFL roster. His most important quality when it comes to draft position is not being pigeon holed into a position, which will increase his value to most teams. He will likely get a chance to start his career at tackle, but if needed a team will find no problem sliding him into a guard or center spot.
What do you think of the pick, Browns fans?