The Browns added a lot of pieces to their roster this offseason, particularly in the defensive backfield. The additions of Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden at cornerback should shore up the pass defense. But the team needs help in the front seven.
The offense is also in need of some playmakers in the passing game. With that in mind, here's a look at the positions the Browns may have to fill following this season.
- Wide receiver: The Browns have several decent wide receiver options in Mohamed Massaquoi, Chansi Stuckey, Brian Robiskie and rookie Carlton Mitchell. But none are true No. 1 options. With so many top receivers likely to be in the next draft, the time is now for Cleveland to go after a good one.
- Defensive end: The team finished 29th in rush defense last season and the line doesn't look much better going into this season. There is talk of Shaun Rogers moving over to end and Ahtyba Rubin handling the nose full time. But even in that scenario, the Browns have average players up front. They include Kenyon Coleman, Robaire Smith, C.J. Mosley and rookie Clifton Geathers. None really scream top starter, let alone playmaker.
- Outside linebacker: Matt Roth wanted out and begrudgingly signed a one-year restricted free agent tender. While Roth has shown some potential, he's not the kind of outside linebacker a team should be hoping wants to stay. A more athletic playmaker at linebacker would greatly improve the 3-4 defense.
- Tight end: If Colt McCoy ends up being the team's quarterback following the 2010 season, a good tight end will greatly help his development. Current tight ends Ben Watson, Evan Moore and Robert Royal profile more as backups. Moore has the most potential of the three, but he really only had one good game last season.