When you think of "baseball" and this year's draft class for the Cleveland Browns, first-round quarterback Brandon Weeden should immediately come to mind. The player taken after him by the Browns, second-round offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, also had a thing for baseball, though.
In an interview with Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, Schwartz explains how he grew up playing baseball as a pitcher. He later made the transition to football, trying out as a quarterback for his high school team.
Mitchell was a pitcher and first baseman. His favorite sports team was the San Francisco Giants, tracing to the fact his father had grown up in Giants country, in Santa Rosa. Mitchell wasn’t a great hitter, but he could bring it from the mound. His father and his big brother brought him along.
It didn't take long for Mitchell to find out that he favored beating people up as a lineman than being a quarterback, though:
"I found the line to be a lot more fun than playing quarterback. You’re out there in front. You get to be aggressive. You get to go attack some guys. You get to be a lot more physical."
Check out the rest of the article for a nice backstory on Mitchell, who is projected to start at right tackle for the Browns as a rookie.