BEREA—The Browns might have drafted their next right tackle in Jason Pinkston…even though he was a die-hard Steelers fan, growing up in Pittsburgh.
“I grew up a Steelers fan and I love them, but now it’s a business and I am excited to be a Cleveland Brown,” Pinkston said.
So what will you do with all your Steelers gear?
“I’ll donate it to Goodwill.”
Tom Heckert traded up into the fifth-round (150th overall) to get the 6-4, 305 tackle from Pitt. The Browns gave up their two sixth-round picks in the deal (168 and 170th overall) to Minnesota.
Pinkston was an All-Big East player and was a three-year starter at left tackle. He is projected to be a right tackle in the NFL according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.
“It doesn’t matter (which side I play),” he said. “I’m not going to get caught up in that.”
If Pinkston can make the transition, he could push projected starter Tony Pashos for playing time at right tackle.
“I am going to come in and learn and if I can get in and play right away, I’m definitely up for it,” he said.
“I’m a hard worker. Football is my life and I’ll do whatever I can to play at the next level.”