Being drafted by Cleveland Browns has long meant a college player would be starting as soon as they got in the building or soon thereafter, whether they were ready or not.
But in 2013 not one of the team’s draft picks began the season starting on either side of the ball. Now that the year is over, though, it’s clear there are windows of opportunity for special players to sneak in and become instant starters.
That’s especially true given the perceived depth of this year’s wide receiver talent pool, which is a significant area of need for a team that’s void of competency after Josh Gordon.
Free agency decisions—including the pending negotiations with Alex Mack and T.J. Ward—will also play a big part in that availability.
Taking care of the crucial quarterback position would alleviate a lot of the woes of the team’s inept offense. But which prospects are a good fit and can come in on day one and excel at the position? There’s a debate raging on this year’s signal-caller crop, but we’ll get into that in a moment.
Other positional players with the best chance to start immediately for the Browns include interior linemen, inside linebackers and defensive backs.
Let’s take a look at what realistic options the team has of upgrading those areas by adding instant impact players during May’s draft.