It is from the draft most Super Bowl stars are picked.
This year promises to be a year of change for the better for the Cleveland Browns.
With a new front office in place and a clear vision on how to get to the Super Bowl being formulated, the Browns have their best chance of making the postseason since their return in 1999.
The Browns have 11 draft picks to use this year due to trades made in the last year. While most of the picks come in the later rounds, any chance to increase your draft haul is a bonus.
The only predictable thing about the NFL draft is that it is unpredictable. Last-minute trades can be made, who the fans think should be drafted don't get the call—it's an inexact science.
So here is the best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and a "realistic" look at who the Browns might get in this year's draft class.
With the seventh pick in the draft, the Browns are out of the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes. But the next best thing might be Gerald McCoy.
McCoy is roughly the same height and build as Suh and has good penetration through the line.
The scouting reports on him note his quickness and ability to adjust to the play. If the Browns are not going to be able to get Suh and no one else has scooped up McCoy, then he'll be wearing Orange and Brown in 2010.
Eric Berry is high on everyone's draft board, but because both St. Louis and Washington may be looking for quarterbacks, that will drop Berry out of the top five.
Detroit and Tampa Bay most likely will go with big defensive ends, and Pete Carroll most likely will reward one of his USC players with his first pick.
Going on that theory, Berry will probably be the best player on the board when it comes time for the Browns to make their pick.
The Browns' secondary in 2009 was just awful most of the year, and Berry will provide a major talent upgrade to that area of the defense.
Berry makes a lot of interceptions, meaning he has a talent for reading quarterbacks. You can't overlook Berry's potential to be an impact player his rookie season.
If Suh, Berry, and McCoy are all gone, it will mean offensive tackle Russell Okung has not been picked up yet.
At 6' 5", 303 pounds, Okung can step in and become an immediate presence on the Browns' line to complement Alex Mack and Joe Thomas. You can never have enough depth on the offensive line.
With Okung and the rest of the Browns' line, it might not matter who the quarterback is, nobody is getting through that wall to put pressure on them.
The Browns are thin at the wide receiver position. While they took two wide receivers in the second round last year, only one, Mohamed Massaquoi, had a real impact.
Brian Robiskie, chosen first, barely made the field most weeks, not even dressing for five games.
The Browns also traded away Braylon Edwards, and Donte Stallworth still remains on indefinite suspension after killing a guy last year while drunk driving.
So expect the Browns to choose a wide receiver high in this draft, and if Dez Bryant somehow falls through the first round after being suspended for the entire 2009 NCAA season, then expect the Browns to pounce all over him.
This is a best case scenario for the Browns in the second round. He has the size and speed you want out of a receiver, and, most importantly, he can catch the ball.
Rob Ryan installed an "in your face" pass rushing defense in the closing weeks of the season. He wanted his guys to get to the quarterback and keep his mediocre secondary from being picked apart.
If a top quality wide receiver isn't around for the 38th pick, then expect the Browns to continue to upgrade their defense and pick Ricky Sapp, assuming he hasn't been taken higher.
The scouts note Sapp is a great pass rusher with good speed, perfect for what Ryan and head coach Eric Mangini will want on their defense.
While the Browns also probably are going to be in the market for a running back, Jerome Harrison's explosion at the end of the season will give the Browns a reason to focus on other positions with their second pick.
Assuming Bryant is gone and Sapp goes much higher than my board indicates, then the Browns return to the need at wide receiver and take Golden Tate.
Tate came up under Charlie Weis, which Mangini will appreciate, and is marked as an intelligent player, also something Mangini really values. Tate is known for making very athletic catches and picking up yards after the catch.
Most drafting experts have Jevan Snead listed as the Browns first pick in the third round. I can't fault that argument.
There's no doubt the Browns are going to need depth at the quarterback position.
Derek Anderson most likely will be gone, Brady Quinn's future is murky at this point, and the only other quarterback on the roster at the moment is Brett Ratliff.
Even assuming the Browns trade for a veteran quarterback before the draft, they are going to need a fresh infusion of talent to take them into the next decade. Snead is the most likely choice in this position who still might be available.
Should Tim Tebow be snubbed because of concerns over his ability to adapt to the pro game and falls to this position, then the Browns should grab Tebow. He's worth the risk in the third round.
I would question taking Tebow any higher, but a third-round pick involves much less guaranteed money, and if he doesn't make it as a quarterback, he can be experimented with elsewhere.
The Browns return to defense with their fourth pick, and Kareem Jackson has potential to be a great cornerback.
As mentioned before, the Browns secondary was terrible in 2009. So any help the Browns can get at this position would be welcome.
The Browns also might go after a running back at this point, somebody like Toby Gerhart from Stanford if he's still around. Running for 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns is nothing to raise your nose at.
The only real production the Browns got out of their tight end position at the end of the year was from waiver-wire pickup Evan Moore.
Steve Heiden and Robert Royal are both serviceable, but they're not the future of the team.
I expect the Browns to fill this need with Garrett Graham with the fourth-round pick.
At 6' 4", 243 pounds, Graham has the size to be a great NFL tight end. He can block and catch, and generally become another good offensive weapon in the Browns' arsenal.
The Browns have three picks in the fifth round, two picks in the sixth, and one in the seventh.
These picks are all about adding depth and taking chances on a guy your scouts think got overlooked for the early rounds.
I expect another wide receiver to be taken, like Damaryius Thomas, as the Browns wideout corps needs to be completely rebuilt.
Other picks in the later rounds probably would focus on more defensive linemen, a right guard or right tackle and probably at least one more cornerback.
I'm sure some of these names will be complete unknowns, but that's the fun of late-round draft picks, finding out who they are and how they might help the team.