Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Cleveland Browns [full archive here].
Season Recap: Poor Browns. Nothing has seemed to go right for this team. They missed out on the Robert Griffin sweepstakes and are now left with the question of what to do with Colt McCoy. I say you give the kid another year. Hell, if it doesn’t work out, there’s Matt Barkley next year. He’s a winner, but is going to need some weapons around him. With three picks in the top 37 selections, Cleveland should be well equipped to improve McCoy’s supporting cast.
1. Wide Receiver: Greg Little showed potential, but in this day and age you need multiple weapons at the receiver position. Justin Blackmon has been linked as a potential selection at #4, but I say pass on him and grab a Stephen Hill or Kendall Wright at pick #22.
2. Running Back: The “Madden Curse” must be real. Peyton Hillis had an unbelievable 2010 season, but managed to fall completely off the earth in 2011. Hillis left for Kansas City, leaving oft-injured Montario Hardesty as the lone-back. Luckily for Cleveland, there happens to be an elite back in this year’s draft. The Browns should waste no time making Trent Richardson the selection. Richardson possesses elite and rare talent that doesn’t come around often. Bringing in Richardson, along with a receiver at pick #22 would instantly improve the offense and allow Colt McCoy to show his true colors.
3. Right Tackle: Yes, I know QB is a big need for most Browns fans, but I went with the approach that Colt McCoy is sticking around for another year. The Browns missed out on RG3 and shouldn’t pass on future all-pro RB Trent Richardson in order to reach for Ryan Tannehill. The Browns grab Richardson and a Kendall Wright in round one, and then add a right tackle in round two. Colt McCoy needs to be protected and the Browns current right tackle is Oniel Cousins, who has managed to start only five games in four seasons. Grabbing Mike Adams in round 2 would be an excellent first three picks for the Browns.