The Browns will have a different look in 2011 as they switch back to the 4-3 defense. There are a lot of question marks on this team heading into next year, but the Browns may have finally found the quarterback of the present and future in Colt McCoy. He will head into next season as the starter.
McCoy played very well last year after being thrust into the lineup due to the injuries of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. He will most likely be the starter next season, but he needs more receiving weapons for him to be more successful.
Peyton Hillis had an excellent season last year, as the Browns definitely got the better end of the trade that brought him to Cleveland for Brady Quinn. Montario Hardesty has a lot of potential, but he has a long injury history and there isn’t much depth behind him.
Mohamed Massaquoi is turning into a solid No. 2 receiver, but the Browns are still missing a true No. 1 receiver. The depth is suspect as well, and the Browns could look to add multiple receivers to the team this offseason.
Ben Watson had a great season last year, and he also emerged as a team leader. The left side of the line is one of the best in the NFL, while the right side is one of the worst.
Joe Thomas was a Pro Bowler at left tackle, and Eric Steinbach and Alex Mack were Pro Bowl alternates at left guard and center, respectively. Floyd Womack and John St. Clair form the right side of the line, and they could both be upgraded next season.
The Browns are switching to a new defense, and they don’t currently have the personnel to be effective on the defensive front. They will need two new starting defensive ends, as they don’t really have players who can effectively rush the passer from a four-man front.
Ahtyba Rubin will most likely get the nod at one defensive tackle spot, but the other is up in the air. The Browns will use multiple picks for the defensive line in this upcoming draft. The Browns have a solid group of linebackers, but it’ll be interesting to see how they perform in the 4-3 defense.
Scott Fujita and D’Qwell Jackson will most likely get the start at outside linebacker. Marcus Bernard is the main backup, but he is better suited for the 3-4 defense. Chris Gocong will man the inside linebacker spot, but it’ll be interesting to see how the linebacker unit shapes up by the start of next season.
Joe Haden was great as a rookie at cornerback, and he’ll only continue to get better. Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright could compete for the starting spot, but someone else may be brought in.
T.J. Ward is another 2010 rookie who performed very well, and Abram Elam should be back at the strong safety spot after a solid 2010 season.