2015 NFL Draft: AFC North Preview, Cleveland Browns

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures on stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The last stop on the tour du AFC North is Cleveland.  The Browns’ draft prowess has been, well, somewhat questionable in recent years and there is no better time to right the ship.  Presumably, the days of drafting Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in the first round are behind them, as they are no longer on the team.

2014 Record

7-9, Fourth AFC North, Did Not Qualify for Playoffs

Key Losses

QB Brian Hoyer, WR Josh Gordon (One-year suspension), TE Jordan Cameron, CB Buster Skrine, DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard, WR Miles Austin

Key Gains

QB Josh McCown, WR Brian Hartline, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Rob Housler

Selections

12, 19 (from Buffalo), 43, 77, 111, 115, 147, 189, 202, and 229.

Needs

Wide Receiver, Quarterback, Cornerback, and Defensive Line.

Analysis

The Browns have been trying since well before 2015 to fill multiple holes at mostly every position.

Cleveland had two first round picks this past year, which they spent on cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel. Gilbert’s performance last season was below average while Manziel didn’t fare to well against NFL talent. With two more first round picks in 2015, the Browns can go really any direction.

This is the draft that can really make-or-break the Browns. With so many key losses, it is difficult to predict which direction the Browns will go. The Browns need to draft smart, not get caught up in any hype, and know who they are going to pick and when. They unveiled new uniforms earlier this month, and must unveil new draft practices later this week.

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