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NFL draft: OT Dawand Jones has the size to give Browns OL options in 2024, beyond


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Huge addition for the Browns in the 2023 NFL draft with the Ohio State Buckeyes

The Cleveland Browns went with size at receiver and defensive tackle on day two of the NFL draft. Kicking off the first of their six selections on day three, size continues to be the theme.

The Browns offensive line has been a strength of the team but Joel Bitonio is getting older, Jedrick Wills has a fifth-year option that needs to be decided upon and Jack Conklin has had some injury issues. With some talent left on the board, drafting a player that visited on a “Top 30” visit makes sense.

What are the Browns getting, besides size, with their first fourth-round selection?


Dawand Jones


Offensive Tackle


6’8”, 374 pounds


The Ohio State University


Zero sacks allowed last season:

Relative Athletic Score

Average “Big Board” Position

46th Overall

The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value

85.00/First-Round Value

What Experts are Saying

Fit with the Browns

With his huge frame and lack of movement skills, no surprise given his size, Jones doesn’t fit the previous scheme run in Cleveland but should fit the more shotgun-oriented one that is expected to come. Wills hasn’t been the left tackle that fans expected from the 10th overall pick, with that looming 5th-year option, while Conklin’s injury history requires some backup.

Jones played a little left tackle but mostly right tackle at the college level.

Browns Players Drafting Could Impact

We’ve noted Wills and Conklin but James Hudson III could now move inside as guard moving forward. Overall, Cleveland had 13 offensive linemen on their roster before the draft started. A few talented linemen could be traded or cut before the initial 53-man roster.

Grade – B

Jones is huge but being big isn’t enough. Thankfully, Jones has been very good at the college level. At his size, medical concerns include knees and back generally. We haven’t had official reports of what concerns popped up with him this draft season but his size is both exciting and concerning. A player for Bill Callahan to mold in the fourth round is a great selection similar to Orlando Brown Jr. a few years ago by the Baltimore Ravens.

What do you think about the newest Browns tackle?

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