After not selecting in the first two rounds of the 2023 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns were scheduled for eight picks total starting in round three. Few thought GM Andrew Berry would make more than six selections but with his sixth-round pick, and one more to come, that has come to pass.
So far, Berry has focused mostly on size. The lines have gotten a good amount of attention with DT Siaki Ika, DE Isaiah McGuire and OL Dawand Jones.
With pick No. 190, the Browns went back to the line of scrimmage and back to The Ohio State University for another Buckeyes offensive lineman:
6’3”, 303 pounds
The Ohio State Buckeyes
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The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value
What Experts are Saying
No clue why Luke Wypler lasted as long as he did. If there's no major medical red flag or something I don't know, that's a great pick by the Browns.— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) April 29, 2023
PFF is SUPER high on Wypler. 54th overall.— Pete Smith (@_PeteSmith_) April 29, 2023
Fit with the Browns
Wypler’s athletic traits and decent size for a center make him a good fit for the versatile offense expected to be implemented in Cleveland. He lacks mauling strength on the interior but can anchor well and get out in front of runs as a pulling blocker or in a zone-blocking scheme. Wypler has a lot of experience snapping the ball to the pistol or shotgun quarterback which should be helpful.
Browns Players Drafting Could Impact
Slightly shocking to see two offensive linemen added to a roster that was already deep with them. The change from a pure zone scheme to using more shotgun and pistol formations and power runs could be part of the reason for the changes. Nick Harris, the team’s starting center to be last year, and Dawson Deaton, a late-round selection in 2022, could be gone with Ethan Pocic re-signed and the drafting of Wypler.
Grade - A-
In the middle of the sixth round, getting a player that multiple outlets saw as a day two selection is a huge steal. The NFL may not have valued him much as he may be a center-only player but he has the frame to fill out and get stronger to play guard.
What do you think about the newest Browns offensive lineman?