The Cleveland Browns appeared to be turning the corner in 2010 after huge wins over the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in the middle of the season.
However, even the mighty Peyton Hillis succumbed to Cleveland's predictable offense and one-dimensional approach, as the team faltered down the stretch.
Any way you look at it, the Browns did make some nice strides last season, and they found a gem in running back Peyton Hillis. That, and they may have found their franchise quarterback in Colt McCoy.
A lot remains to be seen, but quality draft by Mike Holmgren and co. will go a long way in determining if Cleveland will make even more noise in 2011.
Round One (Pick 6) - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
This first pick could go in many different directions, especially since the picks leading up to it are far from guaranteed. In my opinion, its between Da'Quan Bowers and A.J. Green here, and Green seems more likely to still be around when Cleveland picks. There's no doubt that the Browns' offense in 2010 was very predictable and lacked play-makers. With Green, they have an instant impact player at receiver, and his presence will allow Mohamed Massaquoi to slide into a more comfortable role as the number two guy.
Round Two (Pick 37) - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Cleveland got its star offensive player in the first round, and now it gets a major boost for their defense. Its all about balance and adding impact players to help continue the progression, and Paea could be a big part of helping that cause. With a move back to the 4-3 defense, the Browns will look to get the personnel to make the transition a successful one. Landing a beast like Paea to help man the middle is a fantastic start, as he can command double teams, stop the run, and get to the quarterback.
Round Three (Pick 70) - Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
Eric Wright wasn't himself in 2010 and could jump ship, while there isn't much to like after Joe Haden. Even if Wright does stick in Cleveland, the Browns need to add some fresh legs to improve their secondary even more, and the ball skills and coverage ability of House can help accomplish that.
Round Four (Pick 101) - Justin Boren, OG, Ohio State
Cleveland already has a good offensive line, but could use some competition at guard. Boren is still arguably a work in progress, but he has great strength and is a beast when blocking for the run. Even with a focus on getting a little more explosive on offense, the ground game should still remain the Browns' bread and butter, so beefing up their blocking is a good move here.
Other possibilities: Allen Bailey, Karl Klug, Clint Boling
Cleveland needs to enter this draft with the goal of getting at least one impact offensive player who can do more than just move the chains. By landing Green, they'll accomplish that, and then they can sit back and pluck guys that they feel will make a great fit for Dick Jauron's 4-3 defensive scheme. Adding a stud interior defensive lineman, and depth at corner and the offensive line should be considered solid moves in the first four rounds.
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