Rotoworld.com is examining the top draft needs for all 32 NFL teams heading into the draft.
In this edition, the Cleveland Browns are under the microscope.
And their needs may conflict with the San Francisco 49ers, whom are also picking in proximity to Cleveland.
No. 1 Team Need: Quarterback
The Browns' signing of Robert Griffin III gives the organization an asset with the potential to appreciate in value should Griffin resurrect his career under offensive mastermind Hue Jackson. The Browns' signing of Robert Griffin III should not prevent the organization from continuing to pursue a long-term quarterback solution. Although Jackson has shown an impressive aptitude for tailoring his offense to fit his personnel, historically Jackson has featured pocket passers like Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and A.J. McCarron.
No. 2 Team Need: Outside Linebacker
Last year's Browns ranked 28th in the NFL in sacks (29), and top pass rusher Armonty Bryant will open 2016 on suspension for violating the league's PED policy. Bryant will almost certainly face further discipline after being indicted on felony drug-possession charges in February. Fellow OLB starter Paul Kruger is an overpaid ($6.5 million) rotational player on the wrong side of 30. 2013 first-round pick Barkevious Mingo has been a bust. Cleveland's lone somewhat promising in-house rush 'backer is 2015 second-rounder Nate Orchard, who notched three sacks in just under 500 rookie-year snaps.
No. 3 Team Need: Wide Receiver
It's no secret Cleveland has more than three team needs. Right tackle, free safety and defensive line could afford upgrades. Wide receiver stands out above them with Josh Gordon's 2016 eligibility unclear and Brian Hartline,Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel as the underwhelming next men up. Wideout improvement is of special importance with the Browns likely to trot out either rehab project Griffin or a rookie at quarterback.
Norris' Mock Draft
Round 1 (2): QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State - All signs point to the Browns selecting a quarterback at No. 2. I like these quarterbacks, but am not as in love as (most) others are. Each has on-field issues that could potentially be fatal flaws in some situations. I do love that Wentz is willing to test single coverage down the field and allow his receiver to win those matchups.
Round 2 (32): EDGE Kyler Fackrell, Utah State - Fackrell would be a very fun player in Ray Horton’s defense. Fackrell, a former safety, compares to Connor Barwin and can be used as a drop end/backer in odd man fronts. Pass rushing effectiveness is the area he needs to work on.
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