Browns sign left tackle Greg Robinson, the 2014 No. 2 overall pick

The Browns are making another attempt to replace retired All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas.

Greg Robinson has not had the career the Rams envisioned when they made him the second overall pick in 2014, but the Browns signed him as a free agent on June 19 with the hope he can regain the form that made him such a coveted player coming out of Auburn.

“Big, strong, athletic, overpowering left tackle with the raw potential to become a premier, franchise left tackle,” NFL.com’s Nolan Narocki wrote in his scouting report on Robinson four years ago. “Is only a third-year sophomore and two-year starter and still must improve his hand use, footwork and technique. However, he is undeniably gifted and capable of walking into a starting-left-tackle job in the pros and paving the way in the run game.”

Robinson, 6-foot-5, 332 pounds, played in all 16 games and started 12 as a rookie with St. Louis Rams. He started all 16 games in 2015 and 14 in 2016 when the Rams moved to Los Angeles before being traded to Detroit in 2017 for a sixth-round pick — a cheap return for the second pick of the draft just three years earlier.

Robinson started the first six games for the Lions last season. He missed the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. He was a free agent because he played out the final year of his rookie contract in 2017.

The Browns have been searching for a left tackle since Thomas retired in March. Thomas, the third pick of the 2007 draft, made 10 straight Pro Bowls and never missed a snap with the Browns until a triceps injury ended his 2017 season and ultimately his career.

Shon Coleman, the right tackle last season, worked at left tackle during OTAs and minicamp. The Browns won’t practice again until training camp begins in late July.

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