On the football field, Drew Forbes is nasty.
Off the field, Forbes is not.
His wife, Emily, prefers you think of him as the latter, even if his on-field persona landed him a job in the NFL.
“I do (like being called nasty). My wife doesn’t,” Forbes said with a chuckle Friday before the start of rookie minicamp in Berea. “She’s like ‘that’s not a compliment.’ But yeah, absolutely in football. I really like that, I like that that’s kind of seen. That clicked my sophomore year of college, like that’s how you’re going to be successful is being as physical as you can to the whistle.”
If you met Forbes, you’d see why Emily sides with the off-field version of him. He’s mild-mannered, looks you in the eye when talking to you and seems genuine. His small-town roots show rather quickly.
But he wouldn’t be in the NFL if he was that guy on the field. And for a while, he was that guy — until he’d reached his tipping point during college.
The Browns on Saturday selected Southeast Missouri State G Drew Forbes with the No. 189 pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Forbes is the Browns’ sixth selection in the draft, following LSU CB Greedy Williams (No. 46), BYU LB Sione Takitaki (No. 80), Miami S Sheldrick Redwine (No. 119), Alabama LB Mack Wilson (No. 155) and Oklahoma K Austin Seibert (No. 170).
“As a scout, it is always fun to try and find your own diamond in the rough or a guy that is under the radar,” Browns scout Colton Chapple said. “I do not know if we spend more time on them. We spent an incredible amount of time on Drew. We did bring him in on a 30 visit just so that we could talk to him because we did not get a chance to at any all-star games or at any combines just to get familiar with the person and familiar with the player at the end of the day.”
Forbes, who hails from Bonne Terre, Missouri, was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Redhawks, earning first-team Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior. A three-sport athlete, Forbes played on both sides of the ball at North County High before enrolling at Southeast Missouri State in 2015.
“Once he gets onto the field, you do see him flip that switch. He is what we like to call a finisher,” Chapple said. “He will get on you, he will drive you down field and then he will try to finish you. He does, he plays with an extremely high level of toughness, and that is really encouraging to see because you want five of those guys on the field at all times. You want your whole team to play the game not only angry but with passion that Drew has shown just based off of the game tape that we have been able to watch.”
This is the pick I have been waiting since day one for. Drew is by far the most overlooked prospect in the NFL draft. That is not just my opinion either. Sports Illustrated posted their yearly article called “Prospect X” which covers the most overlooked prospect in the current year’s draft and this year “Prospect X” was Drew Forbes. He had flown under the radar for most of the year as Southeast Missouri State had typically been on the bottom have of the Ohio Valley Conference for nearly the past decade. However, he was propelled back into the spotlight after his impressive pro day.
Drew as a player is an animal out on the field. He is someone you would never want to mess with at all. However, off the field, he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He is incredibly down to earth and the kind of guy you would want to just go out and grab a drink with. While he seems like this larger than life guy he is so genuine and cares about everyone he comes in contact with. Every team needs players with high character and Drew is that guy.
The reveal of “Prospect X” just came out today, and I was right on the money, it was none other than Drew Forbes. If you have yet to check out both articles, I HIGHLY suggest you do. It gives a lot of inside on not just Drew, but how highly John Dorsey and the Browns Brass thinks of him. It goes in depth about the draft party that is just a couple miles away from campus and about his personal life and how much of a family man he is.
Aside from just how amazing of a person is, he is a perfect fit for the Cleveland Browns. Really, the only help the Browns need on offense is the offensive line and Drew has the grit and the tenacity to be great. There has been a lot of talk about Drew playing guard, however, Cleveland plans to keep him at tackle and trying to develop him there before deciding to make that switch. I really think he has the chance to become a starter on the line and turn into a top talent. My comparison for Drew is Joe Thomas. A massive human being who can move anyone he wants to. Also, you know it’s a good pick if John Dorsey makes it. Cleveland, welcome your newest rookie, Drew Forbes.
It took until the sixth round, but the Cleveland Browns have made their first selection on the offensive side of the ball. With the 189th overall pick in sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns selected offensive lineman Drew Forbes of Southeast Missouri State. The Browns are a team in need of depth on the offensive line and it looks like they selected a versatile one in Forbes.
Forbes played offensive tackle in college, but the Browns announced him as an offensive guard, a position many draft analysts project him to play. In his senior season last year, he earned second-team Associated Press FCS All-American honors and first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. Here is what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about newest Browns offensive lineman:
Forbes lacks the size and length to stay at left tackle and will need to transition inside to guard as a pro. He’s a determined blocker with enough athletic ability and instincts in space to transition into a role as a backup zone-scheme guard. If he continues to operate out over his skis and with late hands in pass pro, he will have a difficult time dealing with NFL interior linemen. If a coach can correct those muscle memory issues, he has the upside to keep moving forward and up the depth chart.
Drew Forbes is a Bonne Terre, MO product, and made his name at tiny Southeast Missouri State in the Ohio Valley Conference. Forbes was a 3 year starter at left tackle for the Redhawks, winning the team’s award for best offensive lineman in his sophomore year, his first year as a starter. In his junior year, he was named second team All Ohio Valley Conference, leading a line which allowed only 14 sacks all year. After his senior season, he was selected as an FCS second team All American by the Associated Press. Snubbed by the Combine, Forbes’ stock has improved dramatically in recent weeks as a result of an impressive Pro Day performance. He posted numbers on key metrics that would have had him among the top OL at the NFL combine. His 40 yd time (4.87) would have been the best speed among that group with his bench press (28), vertical jump (30.5”), and 3 cone (7.59 seconds) being top ten scores.