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NFL Draft 2014: Nevada OL Joel Bitonio selected by the Cleveland Browns

Nevada Joel Bitonio gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

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With the third pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns have selected offensive lineman Joel Bitonio of Nevada. Bitonio, a 6-foot-4 302 pound tackle, was the 5th best offensive tackle according to Mocking the Draft and was the 40th best available prospect. Bitonio played left tackle during his four years for the Wolf Pack, but is capable of playing all five positions on the offensive line. Bitonio was tested his senior year and responded to the challenge lining up against defensive ends Anthony Barr, Kyle Van Noy, and Demarcus Lawrence.

This pick was fairly interesting since the Browns are in need of a receiver with the latest news that Josh Gordon has failed another drug test and could be suspended for up to a year. This pick is a good one since Cleveland needs to protect Johnny Manziel.

Three Bitonio Strengths:

1)   Hustle: You will never see Bitonio quit on a play.

2)   Quick: Both his hands and feet are quicker than average.

3)   Versatile: Can play any position on the offensive line.

Three Bitonio Weaknesses:

1)   Undersized: Not big enough to play left tackle in NFL.

2)   Short Arms: Measuring 33 7/8", his arm reach is not ideal.

3)   Moves to fast: His head often has trouble catching up with his body.

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