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]

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