2010 record: 5-11, third place AFC North
2011 draft rundown
Eight total picks (round): 6 (1), 37 (2), 70 (3), 102 (4), 137 (5), 168 (6), 170 (6), 248 (7)
Pass-rushing lineman: The Browns are switching to a 4-3 defense and must find a way to pressure the quarterback. It could come from and end or a tackle with their first pick, depending on who is left when the Browns pick sixth.
Wide receiver: If finding pass rushers is Priority One, then finding a wide receiver with speed who can catch and run after making the catch is 1A. The Browns do not have a home-run hitter to star in Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense. The Browns will have a difficult decision to make if A.J. Green is available when they make their first pick.
Cornerback: The Browns are unlikely to take a cornerback with their first pick, but they could be tempted to take one in the second round. Right now, they have Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown set on the corners. Eric Wright is a free agent. They could take a cornerback in the second round and move Brown to nickel back.
Right tackle: The right side of the offensive line is unstable. John St. Clair, who started 10 games last year, was released. Tony Pashos was healthy for only three games. He played only five games in 2009 when he was with the 49ers. Floyd Womack is a free agent.
First pick focus
--The Browns are knee-deep in needs, so any player they pick with the number six selection will help immediately. One of the dynamic duo of receivers, A.J. Green and Julio Jones, could help Colt McCoy continue to improve in his sophomore season. Potential difference-makers on defense abound, as well, though Nick Fairley, Da'Quan Bowers and Richard Quinn have significant question marks. The cleanest player may be cornerback Patrick Peterson, who would help President Mike Holmgren put together a strong corner duo with last year's first-rounder from the SEC, Joe Haden.
Five names on Browns' board
--DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina
--WR Julio Jones, Alabama
--DT Nick Fairley, Cleveland
--CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
--WR A.J. Green, Georgia
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter