The Browns failed to score much in 2011, putting up their lowest point total since 2000. Today, with free agency and the draft still to come this offseason, we take a look at some of the spots the Browns should focus in on to improve on.
1. Wide Receiver – Many people are on the bandwagon of the team picking WR Justin Blackmon with the 4th overall pick in the draft – and why not? He’s the playmaker the team sorely needs, as right now the club is sorely lacking in that area. Josh Cribbs and Greg Little are nice wide outs, but let’s be real, they are never going to scare a team. Right now no one on this team can go downfield and catch passes.
2. Quarterback – Yes, the position that the Browns never seem to get right. Colt McCoy is a nice person, and a nice player, but he’s never going to get this team to a Super Bowl. Could Robert Griffin III get them there? Right now I think people would love to find out. He’s the game-changer that the Browns could need, but it’s not really in the makeup for the Browns to take him – but they really should think about it if he’s there.
3. Linebacker – This is the team that passed on LB’s in the past few years like Clay Matthews Jr. and Rey Maualuga, and now it’s an area they really could use an upgrade. D’Qwell Jackson is the best player on the team in that position, but he can’t play all the spots for the LB’s, and he himself is getting older and has been hurt. The team needs to use at least 1-2 spots in the draft or free agency on this position.
4. Cornerback – Joe Haden has been a nice pickup for the team, but they need another player on the corner, as Sheldon Brown is not the long term answer. Plus Haden didn’t play nearly as well after he suffered a knee injury. They could use a high draft pick on a CB, and he could sit behind Brown for a season before joining Haden as a starter in 2013 or maybe in the second half of 2012.
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