The Cleveland Browns need to add an explosive defensive end to their four-man front to provide support for dynamic youngster Jabaal Sheard. Last season, Sheard posted 8.5 sacks and forced five fumbles in a highly successful rookie year.
However, Sheard will need some help in 2012. Jayme Mitchell failed to make any significant impact last season and another pass-rush threat would make the Browns' burgeoning front seven very dangerous next season.
Free agency could be the best route for the Browns to take. Despite a draft containing the likes of Nick Reed, Vinny Curry and Whitney Mercilus, the Browns may want to use their two first-round selections to add some playmakers to their anemic offense.
The free-agent defensive crop contains some intriguing options for the Browns. Mario Williams is the obvious star of the group, but his contract value may be prohibitive. Veteran John Abraham may be declining, but he would add some vital experience to a youthful Browns line.
Here are seven defensive ends who could partner Jabaal Sheard and give the Browns a fearsome pass-rush duo for the season.