BEREA: The new bigwigs in the front office of the Browns have shown in this year’s draft they have a type: Tough players who were forced to work harder than the typical prospect to reach the NFL.

The Browns selected Nevada offensive lineman Austin Corbett (No. 33 overall) and Georgia running back Nick Chubb (No. 35) early in the second round and University of Miami defensive end Chad Thomas (No. 67) early in the third round Friday night partly because they fit the profile.

“It’s a cultural change, bringing in the right people with the right attitude, the commitment,” vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith said. “... It’s about representing the city and bringing a proud franchise back to this city.

“It’s going to take the right type of players. ... It’s time we change. It’s time to turn this thing around, and we’ve got to bring in good football players.”

Coming off seasons of 1-15 and 0-16, the Browns need more players with grit.

“You set out to improve every single day, and we feel like we’ve done that,” assistant general manager Eliot Wolf said. “Obviously, if we go out and don’t win a game, none of this means anything. I always say it: Anyone can win in March and April.”

Like quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom the Browns drafted first overall on Thursday night, Corbett was a walk-on in college after playing high school football undersized. Then he started 49 of 50 games at left tackle in four seasons at Nevada, succeeding former Wolf Pack standout Joel Bitonio after the Browns picked him the second round in 2014.

Chubb missed the second half of his sophomore season after suffering torn posterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee in October 2015 and undergoing surgery. Then he revived his career and finished with 4,769 yards on the ground, second only to Herschel Walker on the Georgia and Southeastern Conference all-time rushing lists.

Thomas wasn’t allowed to play football as a kid because he had asthma and a heart murmur, but he said he was no longer affected by the conditions by the time he was 12 years old. He started 33 of the 50 games in which he appeared at Miami and had 103 tackles, with 26 for loss and 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and eight passes defensed.

“Certainly a number of the players that we’ve taken so far share a common theme of having been able to overcome adversity,” vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry said. “We do think that that translates on the field as well because football’s a very tough game.”

Here’s a look at out how each of these picks is expected to fit with the Browns:

Austin Corbett

The Browns were determined to draft someone to compete with Shon Coleman, their starting right tackle last season, and free-agent acquisition Donald Stephenson for the starting left tackle job left behind by retired 10-time Pro Bowl selection Joe Thomas.

They have established starters on the inside with guards Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler and center JC Tretter. Free-agent acquisition Chris Hubbard is expect to start at right tackle.

Corbett, 6-foot-4⅜ and 306 pounds, said he worked at guard at the Senior Bowl in January and some teams talked to him about playing on the interior while others projected him as a tackle.

Wolf said the Browns will experiment with Corbett at tackle and guard with the hope he can become the heir to Thomas.

“You look at the contracts throughout the league, the tackles are the ones that are getting paid more, getting picked higher,” Wolf said, “so if Austin’s able to be the left tackle, that would be great.”

Corbett, 22, was a no-star recruit out of Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.

“Coming out of high school, I was only 240 pounds. No D-I program wants a 240-pound offensive lineman,” he said. “[As a walk-on], there are things you have to do that kids on scholarships do not. There is nothing wrong with that. Just having that mentality to carry on and that mentality is what it takes to be the great football player.”

Nick Chubb

Chubb, 22, will join Duke Johnson and free-agent acquisition Carlos Hyde in the backfield. The Browns want to use a committee approach.

Highsmith, a former NFL running back, compared Chubb, 5-10⅞ and 227 pounds, to former Browns and Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis.

“I’ve been a big fan of Chubb for a long time,” Highsmith said. “When you play running back in the SEC, you have to be able to create between the tackles with your feet and you have to be able to play a physical style of football, and Nick Chubb exemplifies all of that in his running style.

“Not only is he a great football player, he’s a tremendous person, tremendous individual, tremendous leader and he exemplifies what we’re trying to build here in Cleveland. We want real guys. We want guys that like football.”

In four seasons at Georgia, Chubb started 40 of the 47 games in which he appeared and ran 758 times for 4,769 yards (6.3 average) and 44 touchdowns to go along with 31 receptions for 361 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, he started all 15 games and rushed 223 times for 1,345 yards (6.0 average) and 15 touchdowns with four catches for 30 yards.

Not bad for a player whose knee was torn up three years ago.

“When you see a guy come back from what Nick Chubb came back from, his history, his resume, you don’t have to talk about it, it’s there on paper for you,” Highsmith said. “So I have no questions on the guy. Just give him the ball.”

Chad Thomas

Berry called Thomas “one of the most physical defensive linemen” in this year’s class.

“We think his run defense will play immediately in the NFL as a left end in our system,” Berry said. “He can kick down inside and rush the passer from inside as well.”

Thomas, 6-5 and 281 pounds, started at left end on Miami’s four-man front the past three seasons.

“He is a player when we talk about setting the edge or keeping contained in the run game, he can really put on a clinic tape of being able to do that at one of the end spots,” Berry said. “He’s just a strong, long, physical guy that uses his hands well.”

The Browns did some maneuvering before picking Thomas, 22. They traded the last pick of the second round (No. 64 overall) to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round selection (No. 67) and a sixth-round choice (No. 178). The Colts drafted Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis at No. 64, then Browns took Thomas three spots later.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns.