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After the first round, Cleveland has addressed two of its top needs. Quarterback easily ranked as the Browns’ primary position of concern, and cornerback was high on the list, as well. Neither position requires any further attention throughout the rest of the draft.
Of course, the Browns are the Browns, so they still have plenty of other needs.
This was Cleveland’s No. 2 need entering the draft, and the Browns haven’t added anyone there yet. With many picks remaining, they should have plenty of opportunity to address it, however.
Josh Gordon is already a star at wide receiver, and at just 23 years old, he has unbelievable potential. It’s the spot across from Gordon that warrants concern, as Andrew Hawkins has the slot spot under wraps.
Cleveland really doesn’t have an option for its second wide receiver. Hawkins is purely a slot player, and neither Nate Burleson nor Travis Benjamin should even be mentioned as a candidate to start.
Cleveland swapped out D’Qwell Jackson for Karlos Dansby, adding in both age and skill. Like wide receiver, though, it’s the second starter here that is the concern.
Craig Robertson started all of 2013 next to Jackson on the inside of Ray Horton’s defense, and he struggled. Horton’s scheme didn’t help as it often isolated Robertson in coverage, but the 26-year-old doesn’t look like a starter.
This could be addressed by drafting either a guard or a tackle. Mitchell Schwartz has struggled a bit at right tackle, but he isn’t horrible, and he could be a good guard.
At left guard, John Greco is a good player, but the right guard position is essentially empty. This could be filled with a draft pick, or a right tackle selection could push Schwartz inside to fill it.
After signing Ben Tate, Cleveland has a competent starter. The issue lies in what stands behind the former Texan. Chris Ogbonnaya isn’t much of a runner, and Dion Lewis, while talented, hasn’t proven anything.
Tate has a history of injury problems, so the Browns need someone who can fill in should he go down. This isn’t a second-round need by any means, but it is a concern for the team moving forward.
In 2013, Tashaun Gipson played well. He wasn’t amazing, but he performed above expectations and was good enough to retain his starting job moving forward.
However, Gipson wasn’t so great that it is unfair to wonder whether he was a one-year wonder. It’s fair to wonder whether he will be able to repeat his performance, and regardless, Cleveland needs depth behind him.