“With the 33rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select ... Austin Corbett, T, Nevada”— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 27, 2018
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When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Corbett was not among the players ranked. Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, who pegged him as a 2nd-3rd round pick.
A four-year starter at Nevada, Corbett was a mainstay at left tackle for the Wolfpack, earning All-Conference honors the last three years. A two-year team captain, he has the professional make-up and mature leadership traits ready for a NFL locker room. While there are some questions about his inline power, Corbett is a technician in pass pro and as a run blocker, displaying violent hands – and better yet, he understands how to use them. His athleticism is best described as average with hip tightness that hurt his recovery skills, but his high intelligence helps mask those issues. Overall, Corbett played exclusively on the edges in college, but his pedigree and skill-set are ideally suited inside at center or guard where he projects as a long-term NFL starter.
Here is what Pro Football Focus said about Corbett:
Corbett is a touch undersized for an NFL tackle, but has all the traits necessary to hold up there. He’s far more technically sound than most small school offensive linemen and even with the huge jump in competition he could start sooner rather than later.
Here are some quotes from scouts’ assessment on Corbett , as collected by long-time NFL writer Bob McGinn:
- “Day one starter. He’s similar to the (Joel) Bitonio guy that came out of there (2014, second round, Browns). He doesn’t look like he should be a left tackle but just very, very, very productive. Competitive, smart (Wonderlic of 27), good athlete, good strength for his size. Just a really good player. First round.”
- “Versatility is a plus. Was a three-year starter at LT for the Wolf Pack but played mainly guard and a little center at the Senior Bowl.”
- “Strength, tenacity, finish,” he said. “Good drive as a run blocker and quick to the second level. Good edge set, slide and mirror but some problems reacting back inside as a pass blocker.”
How He Fits the Browns
Corbett was labeled as a guard, tackle, and center by various draft people, but was considered a late riser. Cleveland already has two of the highest-paid guards in the NFL, so unless they budge on moving Joel Bitonio over to left tackle, Corbett is expected to give it a shot over there.
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