2020 NFL Draft

Browns 2016 free agency breakdown: Offensive line

Depending on what happens over the next couple of weeks, Cleveland could have a different look to its offensive line in 2016.

Two of the Browns' five main starters from 2015 are unrestricted free agents and many starters from other teams are set to officially hit the market at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Our final position breakdown before free agency begins takes a deeper look at the tackles, centers and guards on the market along with what can be gleaned from this year's draft class.

Who's back?

LT Joe Thomas - 16 starts, played every snap

RG John Greco - 14 starts

LG Joel Bitonio - 10 starts

OL Cameron Erving - 4 starts, 16 games

Conor Boffeli - DNP

Michael Bowie - DNP

Dan France - DNP

Garth Gerhart - DNP

Erle Ladson - DNP

Contract talk

Mitchell Schwartz (unrestricted free agent) - 16 starts

Alex Mack (unrestricted free agent) - 16 starts

Austin Pasztor (restricted free agent) - 4 starts, 16 games

Darrian Miller (exclusive rights free agent) - 6 games

Kaleb Johnson (exclusive rights free agent) - DNP

2015 rankings of note

Rushing offense - 95.6 yards per game - 22nd

Yards per carry - 4 - 16th

Sacks allowed - 53 - T-31st

Top O-linemen available (Rankings from NFL.com's Top 99 Free Agents)

  1. OG Kelechi Osemele, Ravens
  1. OT Russell Okung, Seahawks
  1. Mack
  1. OG Alex Boone, 49ers
  1. OT Andre Smith, Bengals
  1. OT Kelvin Beachum, Steelers
  1. Schwartz
  1. OT Donald Penn, Raiders
  1. OG Richie Incognito, Bills
  1. OG Ramon Foster, Steelers
  1. OG Brandon Brooks, Texans
  1. OG Evan Mathis, Broncos
  1. OG Jahri Evans, Saints
  1. C Stefan Wisniewski, Jaguars

What about the draft?

For the first time since 2013, many expect the first pick in the draft to be an offensive lineman, as most mocks peg Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil to land with the Tennessee Titans. Four other tackles - Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame), Jack Conklin (Michigan State), Taylor Decker (Ohio State) and Jason Spriggs (Indiana) - could also be first-round bound while center Ryan Kelly (Alabama) is also expected to be with a team by the end of Day 1. Some intriguing Day 2-3 tackle prospects include Shon Coleman (Auburn), Joe Haeg (North Dakota State) and Willie Beavers (Western Michigan). Cody Whitehair (Kansas State) is ranked by many as the draft's top guard, while LSU's Vadal Alexander and Arizona State's Christian Westerman are not far behind. Nick Martin (Notre Dame), Jack Allen (Michigan State) and Max Tuerk (USC) are among the other center prospects.

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