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Best quotes from Day 2 at the 2020 NFL Combine

The consensus at the combine is that offensive tackle is the biggest need facing the Browns as they enter the talent acquisition period of the offseason. On Wednesday, the tackles took to the podium.

These are the highlights from some of the names you need to know.

Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry

On what the team looks for in an OL prospect

"We want guys who are athletic to run wide zone. That doesn't preclude us to acquiring guys that have a little bit more power and snap at the line of scrimmage and at the point of attack, but certainly movement is a priority."

Head Coach Kevin Stefanski

On what he looks for in an OL prospect

"We value movement skills. That's not to say that we don't value a guy that is ultra-physical. I think it's always a combination of all those things."

OT prospect Mekhi Becton

On his meeting with the Browns

"We were watching my technique the whole time. They showed my good plays. They showed my bad plays. So they were telling me what I did wrong on my bad plays, what I did good on my good plays."

On his athleticism and massive size (6-foot-7, 364 pounds)

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"They don't expect a person like me to move that well, so I feel like I surprise a lot of people."

"I feel like I'm going to shock a lot of people with these tests. They don't expect me to do the things I'm about to do."

"I love being the biggest offensive lineman. I love intimidating guys."

"It's just fun seeing a man on the ground every play and then going to jump on him. So that's what I love about the game."

On his fit in a wide zone scheme

"I love outside zone and inside zone. It's just fun running a man out of the play and taking him where I want him to go."

On why he should be picked early this year

"I feel like I'm the most dominant tackle in this draft. You wouldn't go wrong picking me."

OT prospect Andrew Thomas

On why he should be picked early this year

"I think I'm all around the best. I can run block, I can pass block, I'm coachable, I'm a technician. That's what makes me the best."

On Joe Thomas

"Following in the footsteps of a great like (Joe Thomas), it'll be a great opportunity. He's a Hall of Famer. It'll be very hard to fill those footsteps, but all I can do is work and try to learn the system and learn from he older guys and do what I can to be the best player I can be."

On blocking for Nick Chubb

"That'd be crazy. Nick, he's a great guy. He's always mellow, just like how he is in college. He's a great running back. It would be a pleasure to block for him again. He was leading the NFL in rushing at a point. He's a very good back, and I think it's just the tip of the iceberg."

OT prospect Tristan Wirfs

On his meeting with the Browns

"They had my film. They had me show them, tell the front, what play, kind of go through my technique and play, like what I saw."

On playing RT vs. LT

"It really doesn't matter to me. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz doesn't think there's much of a difference. I played right most of the time. If I needed to flip over to left, I'd do it in the middle of a series, in the middle of drives, so it doesn't really matter to me. 

On his best attribute

"My best attribute? I don't know, I think I'm pretty powerful. I think I can move guys off the line of scrimmage."

OT Prospect Jedrick Wills Jr.

On playing LT in the NFL after playing RT in college

"I know it's something that teams will question (me) about. It's something that's new. Anytime you have a new position, it's going to be a new feeling. It's something I'm trying to get comfortable in and still working through it."

OT Prospect Josh Jones

On why he should be picked early this year

"This is a great tackle group. We've got some great players in here but I feel like my athletic ability stands out from most, just my true competitive nature. I'm competitive in everything I do. I want to win. That's all I want to do. That's what my focus is, to win ballgames."

On the value of his long collegiate career

"Man, it helped me tremendously. I got a lot of experience under my belt. I think I started over 45 games, against some good players, against some good talent. I think it really helped me get ready for the next level."

OT Prospect Austin Jackson

On donating his bone marrow to his little sister

"I feel like everyone would've done it for their little sister or sibling. It was a lot of emotions. I was happy and excited, but most importantly, I just thank God. That was a miracle."

On what kind of blocking he prefers

"Any run block really, run blocking is fun for me."

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