2019 Starters: Greg Robinson, Chris Hubbard
Arguably the top tackle in the 2020 NFL draft class alongside Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., Andrew Thomas has shown the ability to be a plug-and-play starter at offensive tackle in the NFL. At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Thomas has the size and reach to compete with modern edge rushers who can use their combination of size, speed, and power to athletically overcome the average NFL tackle.
Thomas has great footspeed at his size to beat rushers to the corner but has long awkward strides that can be taken advantage of with a good counter move by an elite edge rusher. He is a physical blocker who engages physically and looks to dominate his matchup.
2019 Starters: Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert, Tae Davis
An aggressive interior linebacker out of Texas Tech, Jordyn Brooks is a feisty chase-down linebacker who uses good angles of pursuit to cut down runs to the outside and can physically compete with any power back on the interior. His explosiveness off of the snap brings a unique defensive presence to the middle of the defense and can provide impressive run support from day one.
With that being said, Brooks is still only 6-foot-1, 245 pounds and struggles in pass coverage. Most linebackers his size are rangy coverage linebackers who can keep up with typical mismatches and chase down the play from sideline to sideline. Brooks has the same range but lacks the coverage skills to keep up on third down. If Brooks is to make an impact on the Cleveland Browns roster, he is going to need to translate that speed and instincts into his coverage skills.