The Browns selected OT Mitchell Schwartz from Cal with their first pick (37th overall) in the NFL Draft Friday night. While Schwartz played both right and left tackle in college, hell slide over to the right side of the line as a pro with All-Pro Joe Thomas firmly entrenched at left tackle for the Browns.


Heres some of the Q & A exchange during Schwartzs teleconference:


Q) You played both right and left tackle in college, which do you prefer?


A) Obviously in Cleveland you have Joe Thomas a left tackle, so probably right now a little more right tackle. Honestly, Im pretty comfortable with both. But Cleveland has probably the best left tackle in the game, so I understand my role in regards to that.


Q) Do you know Browns center and former Cal lineman Alex Mack and if so, what has he told you about Cleveland?


A) I played with (Mack) my first two years at Cal were his last two there. So I played with him and stayed in contact with him throughout the draft process. So, Ive talked to him a little bit but Im sure Ill get the full scouting report on Cleveland coming up. But its definitely going to be good to have a former teammate there. Its always good when you know someone in this situation.


Q) Can you tell us about your brother (Geoff Schwartz, a guard with the Minnesota Vikings) and what kind of influence hes had on you?


A) I got really lucky having an older brother whos gone through the entire (draft) process already. Coming out of high school, I kind of knew what to expect with recruiting and the NFL. Hes kind of been there and done that and I can learn a little bit from his mistakes. Its a good (resource) to have and talk pretty much every day about all sorts of things. Its definitely given me a leg up and Im really fortunate to have him.


Q) Can you talk about being new teammates with (RB Trent) Richardson and (QB Brandon) Weeden and the potential for all three of you to possibly be in the starting lineup together?


A) Obviously, the franchise is looking to get better any way it can. But Im not in the war room to hear what theyre talking about. Cleveland is doing what they can to get better and obviously the draft is a part of the process these last couple years.


Q) Did you have a feeling the Browns were going to pick you and where are you watching the draft from?


A) Im watching from my house in Los Angeles. Through the whole draft process, I talked to (the Browns) a decent bit, so I had a good understanding they liked me but I never try to put too much stock into that. Ive heard stories about teams that show guys a lot of interest and nothing really comes of that. But I have a good relationship with (the Browns), as weve talked throughout the whole process. So, Im definitely excited with it. Its not completely new because Ive met all the coaches and that and Im looking forward to it.


Q) How different is playing right or left tackle?


A) Its not too much, all the techniques are the same. Its just a different side of the body. But in terms of technique and style of play, its basically the same.


Q) Do you think your big performance at the Senior Bowl improved your draft stock?


A) I think so. But I dont know how much teams and coaches put into that performance.


Q) You started all 51 games, but several of the draft guides say youve had back problems. Is that something youve had to play and fight through?


A) Not really. Its something I did and had surgery after my junior year on that to clean it up. But I put a pretty high premium on being on the field.