The Browns selected Chadron State offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey this afternoon in the seventh round (No. 227) of the NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Gilkey started all 12 games at left tackle last season, but projects as an NFL guard. The Browns entered the draft in need of depth at guard, and Gilkey played the position during the Senior Bowl.
Gilkey’s medical history is a concern. He had heart surgery going into his freshman year of high school that prevented him from playing sports early on. In 2011, his appendix burst.
Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide describes Gilkey as a “Division II left tackle best suited to kick inside to guard in the pros. Has added 70 pounds since exiting high school and is still growing into his body and has enough physical talent to stick as a swing backup.”