Even though the Cleveland Browns were just 2-8 three weeks ago, it was clear the team was better than that record would indicate. Five of their eight losses were by a single score, and they were remaining competitive against strong competition.
Sure enough, the Browns have tallied three straight victories since an overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys to improve to 5-8. Unfortunately, the turnaround happened too late to have a realistic shot at making the postseason.
It makes the signs of progress bittersweet. While the fans are happy to see the team playing better, sacrificing a top draft pick without the benefit of making the playoffs in return isn't a good trade-off. As it stands now, the Browns would pick 12th.
Knowing that, let's take a look at where the Browns stand in every key area and examine where they would be best off using their draft picks.