It has been almost two weeks since the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft was completed. Rookie minicamps are underway, giving us a first look at the newest NFL players. With the first round picks seeing the field for the first time, who are they expected to replace on their respective rosters?
With the 19th overall selection––acquired from Buffalo in the Sammy Watkins trade––the Cleveland Browns took Cameron Erving, an offensive lineman out of Florida State.
For the Seminoles, Erving played multiple positions on the offensive line. He spent a majority of his time at left tackle, but moved to center halfway through the 2014 season, stabilizing the Florida State offensive line.
He played his best football at center and this is where most teams had him as a prospect.
This versatility will come into play in Cleveland, as his spot on the line is currently unknown. He could end up playing tackle, guard or center for the Browns.
Cleveland had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL last season, but it unraveled a bit when center Alex Mack was lost for the season with a broken leg.
For the 2015 season, Erving is most likely going to play right tackle, though he could play guard. Current right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has performed adequately, but he could be improved upon. He is also a free agent at the end of the year.
The other possibility is that Erving could play at right guard. Incumbent John Greco performed very well last season, so I fail to see why the Browns would try and replace him––let alone with a player who has never played guard.
While Erving could play tackle or guard in 2015, there is a very good chance he moves to center in 2016. Mack can opt out of his contract at the end of the 2015 season, which seems like a distinct possibility. If this were to occur, the Browns could simply slide Erving back to center, where he plays his best football.
As of right now, there is no set position for Erving on Cleveland’s offensive line. He could see playing time at multiple different positions for the Browns.