There are many who would argue that predicting how the NFL draft will shake out even on draft day is a crapshoot, and it's certainly that when you talk about predicting draft outcomes seven months in advance.
While we have a decent idea of which teams will be in the running for the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes that is the No. 1 pick already, we have pretty much no idea where the majority of teams will land in the draft order in 2012.
As Browns fans, in a way, it's just nice not to be among those teams who folks are already predicting will be vying for the No. 1 pick next year after just four weeks of play. But while it's nice not to be a contender in the race to the bottom this season, we are already all too aware that the Browns still have a lot of needs to be filled before they can contend, and many of those will have to come through next year's draft.
We can't predict where in the order the Browns will draft exactly, either with their own picks or with the picks they acquired from the Falcons during the 2011 draft, but we can certainly begin to form a list of the positions the Browns will need to focus on in the 2012 draft. We can take a look specifically at the best options at each of those positions who the Browns might want to target early on in the selection process next spring.
The Browns obviously have needs at a number of positions and could use depth at almost every spot on the field, but the biggest priorities look like they will be CB, WR, LB and RT.
Following is a look at the best candidates expected to enter the 2012 NFL draft at each of those positions. Here's hoping that a few of them will end up wearing orange and brown next year.