The Cleveland Browns could look to upgrade the offense early in the NFL Draft, and a former Ohio State Buckeye could be an option.
It appears that the Cleveland Browns will be prioritizing their needs on the defensive end in this year’s draft. However, there are gaps in the offense as well that need to be addressed.
The only position group looking somewhat solidified at this point is the offensive line, which was addressed in free agency. The offensive backfield on the other hand has a plethora of voids to be filled. Despite the obvious need for a quarterback, depth at the running back and wide receiver positions need to be dealt with as well.
Let’s take a look at the running backs first. Currently the Browns have Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. Crowell did an above-average job last year rushing for 952 yards and seven touchdowns on only 198 carries.
When called upon, Johnson filled in nicely as a complement to Crowell as well. Trailing early and often is not conducive when trying to enact a strong run game and unfortunately the Browns trailed often in 2016.
As for the receiving corps, it is much less established. With the loss of Terrelle Pryor to free agency and the release of Andrew Hawkins, there isn’t much production coming back for 2017. Corey Coleman will return after a strong rookie campaign and free agent signee Kenny Britt will also be coming on board. Outside of them, the cupboards are bare.
Filling needs at both of these positions would be ideal. Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel is a guy who can cover both bases at once. As a do-everything man in college, Samuel moved back and forth seamlessly between positions as a rusher and receiver.