The Browns set the bar high with their outstanding draft selections in 2010. First-round pick Joe Haden, second-round pick TJ Ward and third-round pick Colt McCoy were all major contributors to the team last season.
In the 2011 draft, the Browns must find a way to at least match the success of last year's draft. With free agency hanging in the balance of the lockout, the draft is even more critical than usual, as teams don't know how much time or money they'll have to work with whenever the free agency market does open up.
The Browns most pressing needs are at DT, DE, WR, LB and OT. Holmgren and Heckert will certainly attempt to fill as many of those as possible through the draft.
While the way the draft will shake out is never clear until, well, after the picks have been made, we've now reached the point in the offseason where it's possible to at least hazard a guess as to how the chips will fall.
Now might be a good time to tell you that I kind of hate mock drafts. The draft is nearly impossible to predict, especially after the second or third round, as new information about possible draftees continually emerges all the time and changes the position where they're likely to be taken. There are no absolute right answers for who the best pick is for a team like the Browns that has pressing needs at a number of positions.
But it's April, and I'm a sportswriter, so when in Rome...