Browns rookie review: OG Garrett Gilkey

February, 4, 2014
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OG Garrett Gilkey

Stats: 90 plays (8.3 percent of overall defensive plays).

2013 role: Backup usually relegated to the inactive list. Played in five games, with one start.

The good: Gilkey is a stand-up guy, good to have in the locker room, and a good teammate. He would fit in well with any group and any team.

The bad: Gilkey did not have an offensive snap until the 13th game, and 64 of his snaps (71 percent) came in his only start in the season finale in Pittsburgh as the coaching staff started to take a look at younger players. This means he did not make a huge impression early in the season, and could not unseat Jason Pinkston, Shawn Lauvao or John Greco. Gilkey is not a massive guard, though he's certainly big enough to play in the NFL. Like any young player, he does need to get stronger.

Looking ahead: If new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan implements the same kind of running game he's used in the past, it could help Gilkey. Shanahan and his father, Mike, didn't always take the most massive linemen, but favored guys who could pull, trap and run. Gilkey has that kind of frame, and that might help him.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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