1.23: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
While Greg Robinson has been solid, his contract is set to expire after the season, and it is unlikely that the Browns will bring him back for his third year with the team. Opposite the former second overall pick of the Rams is Chris Hubbard who has been, at best, shaky; adding a tackle early in the 2020 draft should be a priority for Dorsey and the Browns.
Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs is a highly touted tackle entering this year’s draft and has been ranked as the top tackle by some analysts, close to Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. Listed at 6-5 and 322 pounds, Wirfs has the size and length necessary to hold off opposing edge rushers from leaking into the backfield.
Seeing action since he was a true freshman, Wirfs enters his junior year with plenty of experience under his belt for the Hawkeyes and was named as an All-Big Ten honorable mention a year ago. While Wirfs is highly regarded as the No. 8 overall prospect on The Draft Network’s big board, he slipped to the Browns in this mock draft with the 23rd overall pick.
A highly skilled pass blocker, Wirfs would step in day one and be a tremendous asset to Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Browns’ vertical heavy offense. While the Browns would still have holes to fill along their offensive front, adding Wirfs would be a huge relief for Mayfield, who would have a solid protector to his blindside.