We are a couple weeks from training camp and with many additions to the roster since 2009, the depth chart seems like it will shape up a lot differently than last year.
This is my attempt to try to make some predictions and to give a preview at what we should expect from the 2010 Cleveland Browns.
1. Jake Delhomme
2. Seneca Wallace
3. Colt McCoy
Analysis: Technically Delhomme hasn't been named the starter yet but with the money he is being paid and who he is it seems obvious Delhomme will be the starter.
But he needs to bounce back from the 18 interception season he had last year to keep the job.
Bret Rattlif is also on the roster heading into training camp and there has been some talk of keeping four quarterbacks, but on a team with this many question marks it doesn't seem likely.
Seneca Wallace should also see time in a Wildcat package.
1A. Montario Hardesty
1B. Jerome Harrison
3. Peyton Hillis
4. James Davis
Analysis: Going into training camp Harrison will be the number one guy.
But Mangini loves the bigger backs and the Browns did a lot of work in the draft to be able to draft Hardesty in the second round.
Since the draft the Browns have been raving about his talents. Harrison should be a great compliment to Hardesty and should get plenty of rushes as well.
Peyton Hillis came over from Denver in the Brady Quinn trade and many see him as the backup fullback but Peyton's ability to catch the ball in the backfield and run over linebackers is way to valuable.
James Davis and Chris Jennings will battle to squeeze a spot on the roster.
Lawrence Vickers was a huge part of the Browns four-game winning streak at the end of the season.
The Browns knew they had to run the ball to be successful and Vickers made it so by being one of the best lead blockers in the league.
He didn't get the long-term contract he wanted in the offseason so he will be out to prove himself again in 2010.
1. Mohammed Massaqoui
2. Brian Robiskie
3. Chasi Stuckey
4. Josh Cribbs
5. Carlton Mitchell
Analysis: Every member of the Cleveland media wants to know what happened with Brian Robiskie last season.
After being deamed the most NFL ready receiver in the draft last year Brian was inactive for most of the season.
In my opinion, Robo was put in Mangini's doghouse but not because of lack of talent. Mangini has praised Robiskie all offseason so it seems that has changed.
Brian needs to live up to the expectations this year because the Browns don't have much else. Josh Cribbs could also be the favorite for the No. 2 spot but it is my belief that he is better off using his energy on special teams and in the Wildcat.
1. Ben Watson
2. Alex Smith
3. Evan Moore
Analysis: Ben Watson may prove to be one of the best offseason signings by the Browns this year.
He had 29 receptions for New England last year but five of those were for touchdowns.
Robert Royal is still on the roster because of his great blocking ability, but it is my belief that Royal wont make the team if he doesn't improve his catching ability.
Alex Smith was also signed in the offseason and is known as a blocking TE. Royal has a bigger contract and there will be no salary cap ramifications if he is cut this year.
Evan Moore was a great surprise last year when he came off the practice squad and had six catches against San Diego. Moore is a little undersized for a tight end, but will be a valuable commodity in the slot especially with the lack of talent as wide receiver.
LT- Joe Thomas
LG- Eric Steinbach
RG- Floyd Womack
RT- Tony Pashos
Analysis: The Browns have one of the best left sides of the line in football.
Joe Thomas is one of the premier tackles in the league and Alex Mack had a great rookie season.
The problem is the right side is one of the worst. Tony Pashos was brought in to replace St. Clair and compete with Womack for the RT spot and Shawn Lauvao was drafted in the third round to potentially be the future RG.
It's my prediction that Pashos will start the season at RT with Womack besides him and Lauvao taking over the RG midseason. And Womack replacing Pashos if he gets injured.
End: Shaun Rogers
NT: Ahtyba Rubin
End: Robaire Smith
Analysis: The Browns defensive line is looked at all over the league as a strong suit.
The big problem here is Rogers and Smith could both be facing two-game suspensions to start the year.
Shaun Rogers has been the starting NT for the last two seasons but when he went down with an injury last year, Ahtyba Rubin stepped in and the defense actually performed much better.
Rubin seems to be geared up as the starter this season while Rogers can be moved to end. The Browns also have returning starter Kenyon Coleman and backup CJ Mosley, along with draftee Clifton Geathers.
OLB: Chris Gocong
MLB: Scott Fujita
MLB: D'Qwell Jackson
OLB: Matt Roth
Analysis: The Browns have added a lot of bodies at the linebacker position, Almost all of whom are versatile enough to play inside and outside.
Which puts returning defensive captain D'Qwell Jackson in a tough spot. If he wants the contract he thinks he deserves he will have to earn the starting spot and produce.
Matt Roth is another player who wants a big contract and seems to be a great fit with the Browns when he got four sacks in six games.
The other middle and outside linebacker spots are hard to decipher because it has yet to be determined which spot Fujita and Gocong will play.
We'll find out, but nonetheless I expect those two guys to start.
Marcus Bernard and David Bowens will be key backups.
1. Eric Wright
2. Sheldon Brown
3. Joe Haden
4. Brandon McDonald
5. Coye Francsis
Analysis: If this doesn't get you excited for the Browns nothing will.
Eric Wright, Sheldon Brown, and potentially Joe Haden could all be No. 1 corners on a professional football team.
I expect Wright and Brown to be starters in Week One but it could change depending on Haden's development and if the Browns age starts to take it's toll.
But with the way the NFL is now, all three corners should see a lot of playing time.
1. TJ Ward
2. Mike Adams
Analysis: TJ Ward was considered by a lot to be a reach at the beginning of round two in the NFL draft but the Browns like his talent.
This tells me he will be starting, but Eric Mangini doesn't necessarily believe in free and strong safety; he wants each safety to be able to play both positions.
I expect Adams to see a lot of time at each safety position because he is the only safety on the roster who has covering as a strength.
1. Abe Elam
2. Larry Asante
Abe Elam was on the list of restricted free agents this year who sat out for OTA's and minicamps.
That was a mistake because he didn't get the contract he wanted and it gave the coaching staff a chance to get a long look at rookies Asante and Ward.
Asante is known for his hitting and being somewhat of a liability in coverage but it was reported that Asante was a pleasant surprise during minicamps because of his coverage ability.
I expect Asante to use his rookie season as a learning year and take over starting duties next year when Elam is no longer under contract.
The Browns are definitely in rebuilding mode but still are in a position for a possible .500 season.
A lot of veterans will be under pressure to perform for new contracts and it will be exciting to see how the younger players develop.
Look for the Browns to add a few players once teams start shaping up their rosters, especially on the defensive line.
In a year when Cleveland fans need something to be happy about they will turn once again to their beloved football team.