The Browns went into the offseason determined to bolster three critical parts of the offense -- quarterback, running back and protection for both.
General manager Tom Heckert took care of the first two parts of the mission in the first round when he drafted Trent Richardson third and Brandon Weeden 22nd.
Heckert then got Richardson and Weeden a bodyguard when he used his third choice, pick 37 overall, on tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz was the starting right tackle Wednesday (May 30) during OTAs, and as long as he doesn't trip over his size 18 shoes, he'll also be the starting right tackle in the season opener Sept. 9 against the Eagles.
Schwartz is replacing Tony Pashos, the right tackle released in March. If all goes as projected, the bookends of the line -- Joe Thomas at left tackle and Schwartz on the right -- will be set for at least the next four years.
"I'm aware of the situation," Schwartz said. "You have to get the coaches' trust before they can put you on the field. The...