Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/13/14

ESPN’s Scouts Inc has released what they consider to be the definitive list of NFL team needs for the upcoming draft and, as expected, the Cleveland Browns have quite the list.

Topping the list of needs are essentially all things “offense,” spearheaded by quarterback, wide receiver, running back and right tackle.

Right now, their options at QB are starter Colt McCoy and veteran backup Seneca Wallace, but nobody expects it to stay that way. With two first-round draft picks, they will almost surely pick a QB with one of them. [...]

There are some complementary receivers on this roster, but the Browns don’t have anything close to a difference-maker at this position. Greg Little is their best receiver, but at best he is a No. 2. As a group, it lacks consistent separation and it rarely gets deep. A vertical WR with speed would really upgrade this offense. [...]

There is no explosiveness to this run game, and Cleveland’s best back, Peyton Hillis, left in free agency to Kansas City. Backup Montario Hardesty can’t seem to stay healthy, and Brandon Jackson is basically a third-down back with durability issues of his own. The Browns need a between-the-tackles runner to take some pressure off the QB position. [...]

There is a big hole on the right side, as Tony Pashos has been released, G Artis Hicks is now in Miami and there aren’t any exciting developmental guys on the roster. They need an immediate starter.

For those keeping score at home, the Browns could use any player who plays on the offensive side of the football.

Interestingly enough, ESPN still lists “defensive end” as a need despite the team using essentially all of their free agency resources on replacements for the departed Jayme Mitchell. Rounding out the list is a linebacker — specifically weak-side – to help bolster the team’s weak run support and potentially fill in for Scott Fujita who could face suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program.

[Related: Highlight Videos: 2012 Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Visits]

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Report: Angels, Rangers talking Josh Hamilton trade

Roger Goodell calls both Los Angeles stadium plans 'viable'

Five-star hoops star Malik Newman commits to Miss State

Crabtree on joining Raiders: 'Ain't got nothing to lose'


Report: Hardy gets in 'verbal altercation' with teammate

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

Report: Chris Sale wanted to fight Yordano Ventura

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Eagles VP Ed Marynowitz says he's not Chip Kelly's 'yes man'

Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Calipari’s new project: Create virtual reality experience for fans

Maurice Jones-Drew will retire with the Jaguars on Tuesday

Ovechkin jokes about taking a chair from Nassau Coliseum

Uniform colors have already been picked for Vegas NHL team

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt

The Mets and their weak opponents

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

The Ultimate All-Living MLB Team

Dubs wanted to gain momentum for Game 4 ... then won

Teams who need to ace the NFL Draft

10 bold predictions for the NFL Draft

Ten things you need to know about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.