In part 1 of our offensive line preview for the Cleveland Browns, we looked at the four starting spots that are already decided. Part 2 will look at all of the competition at right tackle, including Alvin Bailey, Shon Coleman, Spencer Drango, and Michael Bowie.
5. ALVIN BAILEY - FAVORITE TO START AT RIGHT TACKLE
Bailey was an undrafted free agent in 2013. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks and played in 42 games over the past 3 seasons with 8 starts; that does not include 2 starts that he also made in the postseason. He has the flexibility to play at various spots on the line, as evidenced by the fact that he started at left tackle, left guard, and right tackle for Seattle.
Bailey was a restricted free agent this offseason, and Seattle chose not to retain him. During the team's offseason programs, he's reportedly seen the most action at right tackle with the first-team offense, but that's often the case when you're the veteran competing with mid- to lower-round draft picks. Last month, here is what offensive line coach Hal Hunter said about Bailey:
"You look at Alvin Bailey when he played last year [in Seattle], he went in for (former Seahawks and Broncos OL) Russell Okung at left tackle. He played really good. When they had me evaluate him, I was like, ‘Why am I wasting my time because they’re not letting him go?’ Then, I was really excited when he came in here for the visit. When he swings over the right tackle, all the technique is absolutely backwards. We’ve worked a lot of his technique, and our system is a lot more complicated than what they did in Seattle. We’re asking him to do a lot more, but he’s picked it up really well. I’ve been pleased. He’s got a ways to go to be able to do what we want, but he’s making progress."
Final Roster Odds: 100%
6. SHON COLEMAN - ROOKIE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Taken in the 3rd round at No. 76 overall, Shon Coleman was the team's biggest investment on the offensive line this offseason. How "ready" he is come training camp could be one of the biggest stories to watch in August.
Coleman's college football career was interrupted when he had to undergo 30 months of chemo treatments. He persevered and is cancer-free and played left tackle at a pretty high level for Auburn. He is coming off of surgery to repair a torn MCL, though, and has missed the team's offseason programs to date because of that. The team has said that he will be ready-to-go for Day 1 of training camp, though.
If you are looking for a complete assessment of what Coleman brings to the table, former Browns center LeCharles Bentley did a thorough scouting report on him. Part of what he talks about is the difficult transition for lineman to flip things from the left side to the right side. Per PFF, Coleman did not allow a single quarterback hit in 2015. Besides praising his pass protection, they say he excels at "moving linemen at the point of attack." Last month, here is what offensive line coach Hal Hunter said about Coleman:
"Coleman was a really impressive guy at Auburn when we watched him on tape. He reminded me a lot of a guy I had at San Diego from Auburn named Marcus McNeill, who played me for and was All-Pro for the first two years for me in San Diego – Shon Coleman, they have a lot in common. He’ll be ready for fall camp."
Final Roster Odds: 100%
7. SPENCER DRANGO - ROOKIE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Gilbert cited Drango's strengths as having a strong/big upper body, good body positioning, and his pull blocking ability. His weaknesses included athleticism/change of direction ability, hand placement, and leaning/missing blocks. Gilbert feels that Drango will ultimately be a guard in the NFL, and Pro Football Focus agrees:
Drango played left tackle at Baylor and was asked to pull often in their run game. He might be better -suited to playing guard in the NFL than tackle. He was our fifth-ranked tackle in pass protection and our second-ranked tackle as a run blocker.
Last month, here is what offensive line coach Hal Hunter said about Drango:
"Drango has come in and has kind of been a little bit of a surprise. He’s been working the backup right tackle, picking up the offense good. He’s a tough, competitive kid, fairly athletic. He’s a four-year left tackle. We’ve gone to right tackle so we’re getting his technique. He’s gone in there and competed. He’s still got a ways to go, but he’s in there."
Final Roster Odds: 100%
8. MICHAEL BOWIE - BACKUP OFFENSIVE TACKLE
We waited a long time to see Michael Bowie in action, and he got his opportunity at the start of training camp in 2015. The expectation was that he would compete with or push Mitchell Schwartz for a starting job, but he struggled to get going and the "position battle" fizzled out before it could even get started. He was then placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury before the season, stunting his growth yet again.
Based on what offensive line coach Hal Hunter said about Bowie last month, it sounds like Bowie is trying out for a versatile role any isn't as serious of a contender to start as the other three players are:
"He's played a little bit of right tackle early in the spring, and he played some guard. He’s been finishing out the last couple weeks at left tackle."
I don't expect Bowie to make the team. It's been several years since he's actually contributed to a 53-man roster, and his struggles when we briefly saw him at camp last year don't leave me optimistic like I once was.
Final Roster Odds: 20%
Today's poll asks who you would start at right tackle in Week 1.