The Browns drafted California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz tonight with their first pick of the second round (No. 37 overall).
Schwartz should fill the Browns’ need for a starting right tackle in the wake of Tony Pashos being cut. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Schwartz started all 51 games during his four seasons at Cal.
Schwartz played left and right tackle in college. His older brother, Geoff, is an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings.
Pro Football Weekly analyst Nolan Nawrocki believes Schwartz can immediately fill in as a starter.
“He’s a proven starter,” Nawrocki said during a conference call last month. “He’s got some back issues, but I think he’s gonna plug in. He doesn’t have ideal arm length and doesn’t necessarily look the part. His body’s kind of dumpy looking, but he kind of just consistently gets the job done when you put on the tape.”