For the very reasonable price of a fifth and sixth round draft pick in 2020, the Cleveland Browns bolstered their interior line depth in trading for Wyatt Teller, a talented second year guard from the Buffalo Bills as well as a seventh draft pick in 2020.
Teller played his college football at Virginia Tech, where he was a solid technician in pass protection and a high effort, play through the whistle run blocker. He didn't play like a tremendous athlete, but he tested quite well, which suggests he's got more potential moving forward. He also fits the type of linemen that offensive line coach James Campen likes, particularly in his agility.
Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech
Weight: 305 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 5.24s
Broad Jump: 9’5″
Bench: 30 reps
Teller started the final seven games of 2018 for the BIlls at left guard, handling himself well in pass protection. The Bills selected him in the fifth round last year, able to trade him for a profit, operating from a position of relative strength. Quinton Spain is the projected starting left guard for the Bills.
Teller will compete as a right guard, but it's important to note that he played left guard after switching from a defensive end at Virginia Tech and then was a left guard for the Bills. He took some reps at right guard, but it's not a situation where the Browns are going to plug him in at right guard as a starter.
It's still Eric Kush's job right now. Drew Forbes is still competing and developing. Teller may be yet another competitor, but he's far more backup left guard than he is possible starting right guard at this point in time. Long term, he could be a factor on the line at multiple spots and was a better prospect in my opinion than was Austin Corbett, who the Browns took 33rd overall. Teller was my fourth rated guard that year while Corbett was my sixth rated center.
Even if he was a right guard, he'd still have to come in and compete for the job, gel with the line and get comfortable with the playbook, terminology, etc. Teller is a talented prospect and this could be a very shrewd acquisition, but it's less about the immediate and more a long term play. If he's good enough to start at right guard, it could enable Forbes to focus on being a tackle. If he's good enough to start at left guard, it could move Joel Bitonio to left tackle in the future after Greg Robinson leaves in free agency. For now, Teller is someone to develop and improves their depth and is a nice trade for the Browns.