2012 NFL Draft: 4 Upgrades the Cleveland Browns Must Make

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2012 NFL Draft: 4 Upgrades the Cleveland Browns Must Make
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Can the Browns turn these frowns upside down?

The 2011 season came with much adversity for the Cleveland Browns.

A change at both head coach and defensive coordinator, a shift in both offensive and defensive schemes and a lockout-shortened offseason offered little time to prepare the NFL's second-youngest team for these changes.

As yet another long Cleveland Browns season wore on, strong points and weaknesses became evident.  

On one hand, the defense played admirably considering its youth and the little time it had to prepare for the transition to the 4-3.  

On the other, the offensive inequity reared its ugly head as the Browns struggled all season long to put points on the board.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert has a lot to work on this offseason to get this organization into competitive shape.

While the Browns should make good use of free agency this year, Heckert has done an excellent job stockpiling picks for the upcoming 2012 NFL draft, and he adheres to the philosophy that a successful team is one built through the draft.  

Not all of the Browns' problems can be fixed solely through the draft, and they certainly aren't just one offseason away from competing for the Lombardi Trophy, but they can lay the framework that sets them on that path.

Here's a look at the necessary draft upgrades that their future success hinges on.

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