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Quarterback Brandon Weeden looks to rebound after a tough rookie season for the Cleveland Browns.
Pre-draft grade: C-
The Cleveland Browns are the only team in the AFC North heading into the 2013 season with a new head coach. After a 5-11 season the Browns fired coach Pat Shurmur and brought in coach Rob Chudzinski to lead the Browns in 2013.
The Browns were winners of the Paul Kruger sweepstakes this offseason, signing the rising linebacker to a five-year, $41 million deal. They also attempted to boost their offensive production through free agency, signing quarterback Jason Campbell, tight end Kellen Davis and wide receiver David Nelson.
The problem for the Browns with their signings on the offensive side of the ball is none of these players appear to be difference-makers for the team. Jason Campbell appears to be the newly signed free agent who is most likely to make an impact for the Browns.
The Browns hope to see improved performances out of running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Both players are heading into their second year in the league and were a part of a struggling offense in 2012.
On defense the Browns hope to get back to their 2011 form, a year in which they finished second in the league in passing yards allowed.
Cleveland still has cornerback Joe Haden, who has been an impact player for them since arriving to the team in 2010. Another bright spot for the Browns last season was the emergence of rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon led the Browns in receiving yards (805) and touchdown catches (five) last season, and appears to be the top receiver in a fairly weak corps. His continued emergence would be an encouraging sign for the Browns offense if he can build on a successful rookie season.
With the sixth overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Browns will have a variety of options to go with when their name is called on draft day. Hopefully the Browns will find enough contributors this April to help improve on their five-win season last year.