BEREA—The Browns addressed the offensive line with their final pick in the seventh-round (227th overall) as they drafted Garrett Gilkey from Chadron State.
Gilkey ( 6-5, 318) played left tackle at the Division II school, but is projected to move inside to guard as he’s a “left tackle best suited to kick inside to guard in the pros. Has good size, above average foot quickness and blocking range,” according to Pro Football Weekly.
Gilkey played guard at the Senior Bowl.
“I played at tackle and at the Senior Bowl I played guard,” he said. “I have the mindset to play either or. I feel I’m pretty versatile.”
Gilkey said he thinks he will be able to make the step up from Division II to the NFL.
“It’s been a knock on me for a while,” he said. “I have a chip on my shoulder and I’m not intimidated about playing in the NFL. I’m willing to come to camp and compete.”
Gilkey overcame a minor heart condition when he started high school,, but was able to overcome it to be drafted by the Browns.
“I bounced back well and had a great Senior year.”
Gilkey said Browns offensive line coach George Warhop personally worked him out a few weeks ago.
“I knew there was a pretty good chance of being a late round pick for the Browns and I’m excited for the opportunity.”