Pre-Draft Team Needs: Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns finished 10-6 last season yet didn't make the playoffs. While they've had a busy off-season, they still have work to do in order to get to the post season.

Players Added

Donte' Stallworth/WR - He's with his fourth team in four seasons but Stallworth can stretch the field--something that was missing from Cleveland's passing game last season. When he's at his best, Stallworth will make defenses use a safety over the top and that would help open up the passing game underneath for TE Kellen Winslow. That would also help WR Braylon Edwards see more single coverage.

Kevin Kasper/WR - He only has 24 catches in 7 years of play and he didn't play last season. But Kasper always had good speed and the team is hoping he can win a job.

Rex Hadnot/G-C - He'll be expected to back up at center and guard but Hadnot has plenty of starting experience. He could wind up competing against Ryan Tucker for the starting RG job.

Corey Williams/DE - The underrated defensive lineman will line up at end with Cleveland. He's one of the keys to their defense in 2008 and can rush the passer.

Shaun Rogers/DT - He can be dominating when he wants to be and also can be lost at other times. Rogers won't have to do it all since they'll have a solid rotation going but he needs to show he wants to compete at a high level. Cleveland gave up a lot to get him and we'll know how serious he is by the shape he shows up in at training camp.

Shantee Orr/OLB - He'll play on special teams but the team is hoping he'll win a situational pass rushing role in training camp. Orr and fellow OLB Antwan Peek combined for 13 sacks back in 2005 with the Houston Texans.

Players Lost

Tim Carter/WR - He turned out to be a big disappointment after being acquired last year for Reuben Droughns.

Nat Dorsey/OL - He won't be re-signed.

Bobby Hamilton/DE - The journeyman defensive lineman may retire.

Ethan Kelley/DT - Despite having microfracture knee surgery, Kelley made a bunch of free agent visits. He's unlikely to re-sign with Cleveland.

Ted Washington/DT - He'll likely retire.

Orpheus Roye/DE - He may retire due to knee problems.

Matt Stewart/LB - He'll provide some depth for the Arizona Cardinals.

Chaun Thompson/LB - He'll get a chance to start with the Houston Texans--something that wasn't going to happen with Cleveland.

Keith Adams/LB - He only appeared in three games for Cleveland last season and remains unsigned.

Leigh Bodden/CB - He was part of the trade for Shaun Rogers. It will be interesting to see if he'll start or not for the Detroit Lions. Second-year CB Brandon McDonald and fourth-year CB Daven Holly will compete for the start job vacated by Bodden.

Ricardo Colclough/CB - He wasn't with Cleveland very long and found a job with the Carolina Panthers.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Cornerback - With the trade of Leigh Bodden to the Detroit Lions, the starting job opposite second-year CB Eric Wright remains open. The team won't be able to replace Bodden with their first pick (fourth round) but they could get a developmental prospect. Look for Cleveland to also address this position before training camp by signing a veteran cornerback.

Outside Linebacker - Getting outside pass rush help opposite Kamerion Wimbley is pretty much still a must at this point. The team tried to sign DE/OLB Travis LaBoy but he wound up signing with the Arizona Cardinals. They'll get help up front from DLs Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams and OLB Shantee Orr will also contribute. But the defense needs to get one more legitimate pass rusher.

Inside Linebacker - The help up front in their front three should provide some relief for the struggling run defense. But Cleveland lacks a true run-stopping interior linebacker who is a difference maker against the run.

Other Issues to Address

Wide Receiver Depth

Defensive End Depth

Safety Depth

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