Pre-Draft Needs: OLB, QB, WR, SS, G, RB, CB
Round 1-Joe Haden/CB - Haden was arguably the best cover cornerback available for this year's draft, but this position didn't appear to be one of their top pre-draft needs. However, veteran CB Sheldon Brown could be moved to free safety down the road, so getting another young player on the roster would eventually become a bigger need.
Round 2-T.J. Ward/S - He was easily one of the top-five safeties available for this year's draft. Cleveland badly needed to come out of this year's draft with at least two impact players for the secondary--they got that accomplished.
Round 2-Montario Hardesty/RB - While some were surprised that Hardesty went off the board this high, considering that he was evaluated by scouts as one of the few feature back possibilities available for this year's draft. The fact that they selected a back this high tells you what the new front office thinks of Jerome Harrison as a possible starter.
Round 3-Colt McCoy/QB - McCoy won a lot of games in college, but there's a reason why he dropped to this round. He has a well below average NFL arm and will have to play in a scheme where he's asked to throw the ball 20 yards and in. If he's going to be the starter in 2011, they will have to move to a West Coast offensive scheme.
Round 4-Shawn Lauvao/G - The versatile lineman saw time guard and at both tackle spots on college. Lauvao is known in scouting circles as a technically sound lineman who could legitimately challenge for a starting job as a rookie. He's probably better off inside where he can take advantage of slower defensive tackles. It would not be a surprise at all if he won the starting RG job over Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack.
Round 5/Larry Asante/S - Asante runs much better than his timed speed would indicate. While he's not great in pass coverage, he won't be a liability in that area, either. Cleveland now has two legitimate starting strong safeties.
Round 6/Carlton Mitchell/WR - Mitchell will have a real opportunity to make the final roster coming out of the preseason. Cleveland really has a dire lack of talent at receiver. Mitchell has really good size and has good hands.
Round 6/Clifton Geathers/DE - He'll compete for a roster spot as the team's fourth end.
Outside Linebacker - While Cleveland's pass rush improved late last season,
they have no proven pass rushers on their current 80-man roster. After trading
OLB Kamerion Wimbley, this position became their biggest pre-draft need.
Wide Receiver - The Browns didn't this position, one of their biggest pre-draft needs, until the sixth round. They really only have one legitimate starting receiver in Mohamed Massaquoi.