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Tristan Wirfs has the versatility to provide help at all of Browns' potential areas of need on O-line

Tristan Wirfs is willing to play anywhere on the offensive line when he reaches the NFL.

The offensive tackle from Iowa was shuffled from both ends of the line throughout his entire college career and was a key cog at either end. He originally began his career at right tackle, but injuries on the left side of the line often forced Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz to shift Wirfs back and forth.

It didn't matter where he played, though. At 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, Wirfs was practically impenetrable. That's why he's been hailed as one of the top offensive line prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft and has drawn plenty of attention ahead of his workout for this week's combine.

"It really doesn't matter to me," Wirfs said about his positional preference on the line. "Coach 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."

That's good news for the Browns, who have been linked to Wirfs in several mock drafts and will be taking a long look at every top offensive linemen as candidates for their No. 10 pick in the draft.

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Right now, Cleveland's line is anchored with two-time Pro Bowler Joel Bitonio at left guard and JC Tretter at center. The Browns still have question marks at the other spots, and Wirfs could feasibly help at any of the remaining spots.

Right guard, in particular, was constantly in flux for Cleveland last season. Wirfs doesn't have experience at the position, but NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Wirfs' talents could be magnified from that position at the NFL level.

"I think he's somebody that has a chance to be an All-Pro guard," Jeremiah said in a teleconference with reporters last week. "I know he's played tackle, he's played on the right and the left. And he's a good tackle. I think he can play tackle in the NFL. I think he has a chance to be an elite guard.

"He's got some issues -- oversetting, that can be cleaned up a little bit. I just thought he'd be better if he had neighbors on each side."

Wirfs' strength and size suggest the transition can be made quickly. Before the 2019 college football season, he was listed No. 1 in Bruce Feldman's "College Football Freak List" on The Athletic. 

The list identifies the most physically gifted athletes in the nation, and Wirfs is in notable company. Feldman's previous top picks include Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Saquon Barkley.

"Last year, the Hawkeyes had one of the biggest freaks in college football in tight end Noah Fant," Feldman wrote. "This year they have the biggest, most powerful Freak of them all. The 6-5, 320-pound Wirfs smashed Brandon Scherff's (Freaks Class of 2014) school record in the power clean by pumping out four reps at 450 pounds. And keep in mind Wirfs only turned 20 in January (2019)."

Wirfs is projected to be off the board in most mock drafts from the early-to-mid picks in the first round. 

The Browns are right in the middle of that. If he's available at No. 10, it might be hard for general manager Andrew Berry to pass up on a versatile, promising prospect that could change the complexion of the Browns' offensive line.

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