With football season on the horizon and the 2010 NFL draft fading into the past, a new crop of players will be playing their hearts out in the NCAA to try and impress NFL scouts. With three divisions and 630 teams, it's physically impossible to catch every single game.
So to make it easier I asked the question: As a Cleveland Browns fan, which players should the fanbase start getting familiar with this coming season?
To determine that, first you would look at the front office's draft history.
Browns' GM Tom Heckert's past draft history shows a strong tendency to draft defense in the first round. The theory being that impact defensive linemen are rarely there in the later rounds. This year proved no differently as once again Heckert chose another defenseman in the first round, cornerback Joe Haden.
Secondly, you must determine Cleveland's biggest needs. Trading for Sheldon Brown, and adding three new pieces to the secondary this draft, means it's pretty unlikely the first round next year will be a cornerback or safety, leaving the linebackers and defensive ends as the likely targets.
Since Cleveland's starting defensive line has all been injured in the last two seasons, and are all over the age of 30—besides the possibility of a standout offensive playmaker—it's almost a given that Heckert will target linemen next season.