Following the combine and with the free agent frenzy dying down, Cleveland has addressed the positions of inside linebacker (Scott Fujita), right tackle (Tony Pashos), quarterback (Seneca Wallace), and rumors of a tight end (Benjamin Watson).
Cleveland is now more free to draft the best players available in the draft as they see fit. Certain positions still need filled, and I will do my best to try and put faces with numbers.
If Suh and McCoy are both off the board, and with Haden's suspect combine results, I sense Cleveland will trade down and pick up CB Kyle Wilson of Boise State.
However, since that isn't how a mock draft works, the best player available at number seven is Florida cornerback Joe Haden. Whether Haden is worthy of that high a draft selection remains to be seen, but if nobody wants to trade up, the secondary must still be addressed.
When Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert spoke of the Browns' secondary, the only two starters they were impressed with were strong safety Abram Elam and cornerback Eric Wright.
With the release of Brodney Pool, it leaves a huge hole in an already depleted secondary. Allen has good size and toughness for a free safety. He sometimes struggles in man coverage, but excels in the zone. Under Rob Ryan's system, the safeties play zones most often, so this shouldn't be an issue.
Since the free agency frenzy is dying down, and with no teams reportedly interested in Jerome Harrison, it appears he will be back in Cleveland—meaning a power back for short yardage situations is needed.
Although more athletic than most people think, Gerhart fits that bill perfectly and just may surprise with his athletic ability.
Overshadowed by so many stars on Texas' defense, Houston is in tremendous shape for a man his size.
Along with putting up impressive numbers at the combine, he was an academic Big 12 selection, something highly regarded by Cleveland's head coach. Adding youth to Cleveland's defensive line should be a priority in this year's draft.
Cleveland's offensive line needs help in a bad way.
Tony Pashos was a solid free agent signing, but a lot more help is needed. While Pashos will be a fine right tackle, the losses of Fraley and Hadnot signal a need for a right guard. Mike Johnson is one of the best in the draft and will be a steal in the fourth round.
Bell is moving up draft boards from the sixth round, if he stops in the fifth he could be a great find this late in the draft.
With good speed, intelligence, and vision, the fact that he's from a smaller school is the main thing holding him back. Dan LeFevour invited him to his pro day to catch for him, which may get his name out in the media a bit more.
Kafka played tough competition last year and played well in the East-West Shrine game, proving he can handle a pro-style offense.
Leading his team to a touchdown in a 2-minute drill during the game, he boosted his stock among scouts. With an above average arm, great determination, and intellect, Kafka could be the surprise of the draft. He is comparable to a young Matt Hasselback.
After a pectoral injury last season, Tepper has fallen down draft boards.
A promising prospect, Tepper would have been the starting left tackle with the Bears his senior season. Fortunately in this case, Tepper will be fully healed by the draft and the injury shouldn't be recurring. Given his chemistry with Center Alex Mack and that more depth on the offensive line is a big concern, Tepper would be a great selection.
Cooper has great athleticism, but has been free-falling ever since a lackluster effort at the Senior Bowl. Although Riley may never be more than a punt returner in the NFL, he could extend Josh Cribbs' career and longevity by taking some plays off his back.
At just 21 years of age, analysts were baffled when Brown chose to declare early. With great speed, Brown has drawn comparisons to an undeveloped Steve Smith due to his height. Brown will definitely be a project, but in the sixth round, he's worth the chance given his age.
Mathews only started one season, but managed to lead the Bearcats with 11.5 tackles for loss. He was a Second Team All-Big East Conference selection, while contributing 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a pair of quarterback hurries. Mathews could be a decent late-round project.