Entering the draft, the Browns have many needs. Some are depth needs but some are for number one on the depth chart.
They are set up nicely with the fifth overall pick and two second-round picks.
Two highly regarded prospects entering the draft have ties with the Browns. Those players are USC's linebacker Clay Matthews III and OSU's wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
Clay Matthews III father, Clay Matthews Jr. was selected 12th overall by the Browns in the 1978 draft. He played 16 seasons for Cleveland and was elected to four Pro Bowls. He currently holds the team record for sacks at 76.5.
Brian Robiskie's father, Terry Robiskie was the Browns wide receivers coach 2001 through 2005. He actually became the Browns interim coach late in 2004 due to Butch Davis being fired. He is currently the receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
Clay Matthews III is projected to go somewhere from the end of the first to the beginning of the second-round in this year's draft.
Brian Robiskie is projected to go somewhere from the middle to the end of the second-round in this years draft.
What are the chances that one or both of these players end up wearing Browns uniforms next season? It really all depends on what the Browns do in or before the draft.
With two second-round picks (36 and 50), the Browns could be able to draft Robiskie easily. The Browns might go with a receiver earlier in the draft or not at all (most unlikely) but Robiskie could be their for them if they want him.
Clay Matthews on the other hand is somewhat tricky. With his projection in the draft, it'll be a push to say the Browns acquire him.
If the Browns could manage to trade down from their fifth overall pick or obtain more picks in his range he could be drafted by Cleveland.
He could always slip to the second-round where the Browns could take him 36th overall as well.
If these two players were the Browns second-round draft choices, the second-round would be a steal for Cleveland. The only thing is if they don't trade down, wide receiver or linebacker will be the position they address with the fifth overall pick.
Prospects Michael Crabtree and Brian Orakpo are high on the Browns list.
If the Browns took Crabtree they would likely spend their second-round picks on positions like a linebacker (maybe Matthews III) and a deepback or running back.
If the Browns took Orakpo they would likely use their second-round picks on positions like a receiver (maybe Robiskie) and a deepback or running back.
Although it sounds nice, the likely hood of both these players falling into the Browns hands are small.