2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Cleveland Browns’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Cleveland Browns' 5 Biggest Needs

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The Cleveland Browns have made a number of moves this offseason in order to bolster their roster. Names like Ben Tate, Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby lead the list, but the Browns haven't finished their additions prior to the 2014 season. With the NFL draft quickly approaching, here is a look at five areas where the Browns are still in need of new faces.

5. Running Back

Tyler Gaffney
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5. Running Back

Tyler Gaffney
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When the Browns signed Ben Tate in the offseason, they were able to land a key free agent in a position that lacked production last season. Coming off a season-ending injury in the preseason, Dion Lewis is a nice complement in the backfield. It’s unclear if RB/FB Chris Ogbonnaya will retain the FB position or if the Browns will look elsewhere. Look for Cleveland to find a mid-round RB to compete in camp.

4. Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins
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4. Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins
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The signing of Nate Burleson gives Cleveland a solid option to line up with Josh Gordon. The Browns have a good group of receivers with Gordon, Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin, but look for the Browns to attempt to find their No. 2 receiver of the future. The combination of Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins should be appealing to the Browns, who are still searching for consistent producers at the position.

3. Cornerback

Aaron Colvin
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3. Cornerback

Aaron Colvin
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Joe Haden leads the Browns’ group of cornerbacks, but like the WRs they are still searching for a viable option opposite their Pro Bowler. The Browns have Buster Skrine, but he’s had his problems in coverage and coach Mike Pettine has mentioned that he feels Skrine could thrive as a slot cornerback. It’s surprising the Browns weren’t able to sign a CB, but they could find themselves drafting one if the right player is available.

2. Offensive Lineman

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2. Offensive Line

Anthony Steen
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Left tackle is set with Joe Thomas, but the other four line positions are subject to change. One of the key unknowns is center Alex Mack, who has yet to sign the Browns’ transition tag. Paul McQuistan is versatile in that he can play guard or tackle. Right tackle and the guards are an area of concern for the Browns, but if Mack isn’t retained center will be a top priority. Overall, the Browns will look to add various line positions in the draft.

1. Quarterback

Johnny Manziel
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1. Quarterback

Johnny Manziel
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Speculation about what the Browns will do in May has shifted nonstop, but the notion that Cleveland will select a QB in the early rounds is very real. Brian Hoyer is currently the only viable option on the Browns’ roster, but his lack of starting experience is cause for concern. The Browns will surely put the pressure on Hoyer by way of the draft. If he isn’t the answer, the Browns will have a highly rated rookie QB waiting in line.


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