INDIANAPOLIS – Some NFL draft analysts milling around the NFL Combine have been keen on the Browns selecting a right tackle with one of their two selections in the first round.
Coach Mike Pettine said current right tackle Mitchell Schwartz had some plays he wanted to take back, but overall had a solid year.
Pettine didn’t shoot down upgrading the position, and he went out of his way to remind the media the Browns have stashed away a player who could end up being a starter: Michael Bowie.
“We got him from Seattle,” Pettine reminded reporters. “He had his shoulder operated on and he sat out the whole year. We’re very interested to see what he brings to the table. Whether he can give us some depth there or compete for a starting position.”
The Seahawks had hoped to keep Bowie but the Browns plucked him back in August. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder started eight games for Seattle in 2013, the year the franchise won the Super Bowl. Bowie is regarded as a staunch, athletic run blocker.
“We want guys to come in and push to make us better as a football team,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said.
Bowie is entering his third season from Northeastern State (Okla.)
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What we wrote on Thursday
Catching up with Barkevious Mingo after his shoulder surgery. Read More.
Ray Farmer apologizes to Browns fans for the text messages on game day. Read More.
Even with a lot of cap room, the Browns aren’t planning on splashing in free agency. Read More.
NFL Network analyst thinks Cleveland will be in the playoff hunt in 2015. Read More.