"I would say you want to go defense," Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show. "I think you need to get a pass-rusher."
Thomas would seem to be favoring defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, a player the Browns like and a player generally considered the best in the draft.
Thomas' take was interesting because he has stressed the importance of identifying and developing a franchise quarterback. He also has struggled through 18 starting quarterbacks since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.
"You gotta be careful reaching for a quarterback at No. 1 because if they fail, they don't help your team at all," Thomas said. "Whereas if you pick a defensive lineman and maybe they don't live up to the hype, you can still find a place to get him on the field and to have an impact."
"We need guys that can come in and start and that can contribute," he added.