Thursday, January 2, 2014
All-AFC North: Cleveland Browns
By Pat McManamon
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The new coach of the Cleveland Browns will have three of the five best offensive linemen in the AFC North.
This may come as a surprise to those who watched the Browns all season, but three linemen were elected to the ESPN.com All-AFC North team (the vote was taken by the four division writers): left tackle Joe Thomas, center Alex Mack and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
Thomas has been a perennial Pro Bowler, but Mack’s press has improved as the season has wound down. He was elected to the Pro Bowl, and now has been named the best center in the division.
Schwartz’s selection is a bit of a surprise given his slow start, but the other right tackles in the division are not dominant players.
The Browns put five players on the offense, two on the defense. Wide receiver Josh Gordon, Mack, tight end Jordan Cameron, defensive tackle Phil Taylor and cornerback Joe Haden were unanimous picks.
Interestingly, the Browns put five players in the Pro Bowl but only seven on the all-division team.
Which would seem to indicate the Browns have a few talented players, but hardly a plethora.