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2020 NFL Draft

Browns giving Cameron Erving full flavor of offensive line

It only took two days for Cameron Erving to show Browns coaches what they already knew about him.

After working primarily at right tackle Friday, Erving manned left tackle -- the spot at which he logged the most snaps during his Florida State career -- through most of Saturday's practice. And on Sunday, the final day of rookie mini-camp, Erving just might play a little at center, the position at which he finished his college career.

Browns coach Mike Pettine added Erving would likely see some time at guard either at rookie mini-camp or at the team's OTAs, which begin at the end of the month.

"We're going to move him around," Pettine said.

And as Erving has said since the Browns made him the 19th overall pick, that's fine by him.

In multiple interviews throughout the past week, Erving has been given plenty of opportunities to say which position he'd prefer to play as a member of the Browns. His college experience was exclusively left tackle and center, but he displayed enough versatility and football intelligence in his pre-draft meetings with teams to convince most he was capable of playing all five spots on the offensive line in the NFL -- a rarity among offensive line prospects.

Erving understands if fans are skeptical when he says he doesn't have a preference with where he plays as a rookie and beyond with the Browns.

"I am an offensive lineman," Erving said. "A lot of people say that is the politically correct answer, but that is just my honest answer. I couldn't give you any other answer. I will do anything the team needs me to do.

"I have always been the type of person to do what was best for the team."

In a press conference last week, Pettine narrowed the potential landing spots for Erving in 2015 down to right guard and right tackle. The Browns have a future Hall of Fame left tackle in Joe Thomas, a second-year player whom many considered a Pro Bowl snub in left guard Joel Bitonio and perennial Pro Bowl center Alex Mack returning from a serious injury.

Two days into rookie mini-camp, it's simply too early for Erving to focus on one spot. That's why he'll likely be playing next to someone other than undrafted free agent Darrian Miller, who manned left guard Saturday, when his weekend comes to a close Sunday.

"The reality for us is that we took a guy who we felt like could play all along the offensive line," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said last week. "Regardless of where he gets inserted, it is a positive for us."

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