NFL Draft 2011: 10 Rookies Who Will Have the Browns Thinking "Playoffs" in 2011

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NFL Draft 2011: 10 Rookies Who Will Have the Browns Thinking
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After the magnificent 2010 NFL Draft put together by GM Tom Heckert and team president Mike Holmgren, might the Browns be headed for the playoffs in 2011 with another solid April?

The Browns are probably salivating about the idea of acquiring Georgia star receiver A.J. Green, because if he can take Cleveland's passing game from 29th in 2010 to top-20 or beyond in 2011, they will seriously compete in the AFC North.

The Browns showed shades of a stifling and ferocious pass defense in 2010, as rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward looked more like veterans.

With the secondary finally aligning, if Cleveland adds names like Da'Quan Bowers or Steven Paea, the pass rush won't be something to joke about anymore.

For Heckert, the possibilities are endless when considering his team's desperate needs on the defensive line. If Da'Quan Bowers is picked No. 6, and they can grab a wide receiver in round two, we'll be looking at a great draft.

Who else is a big difference maker, and could have the Orange and Brown considering the playoffs for the first time since 2007 (they appeared last in 2001)? Let's take a look...

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