2015 Depth Charts: Cleveland Browns

A look at the 2015 Cleveland Browns depth chart as it stands right now.

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A look at the 2015 Cleveland Browns depth chart as it stands right now.

2015 Depth Charts: Cleveland Browns


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Notes

•  Have we been generous with Andrew Hawkins? Some would say so, but if you’re looking for a slot receiver, there are few better than him, with plenty of eye popping highlight reel plays to showcase that.

•  While many have questioned the Browns two first round draft picks, they appear to have hit big time on guard Joel Bitoni. The rookie set the tone early in his career and had a big rookie season. If he repeats that it will be hard to keep him out of the elite group of guards for very long.

•  At inside linebacker, both Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey had similar quality seasons, so why the difference in their rating? Well, Robertson had plenty of struggles in the two years before, while Kirksey was solid as a rookie, so we want to see Robertson prove it again in 2015.

•  K’Waun Williams is another interesting young player on the Browns roster, with an impressive rookie season on limited snaps. Can he unseat Justin Gilbert for a starting role at some point in the future?

Team Needs

Quarterback: Is Johnny Manziel the answer? It’s tough to tell given how little we saw of him in 2014, but it seems dangerous to head into 2015 with two unknown quantities at quarterback. Maybe they bring back Brian Hoyer, or perhaps look to another free agent. Even if Manziel somehow does earn the starting job, it is essential the team finds a quality backup to say the least.

Wide Receiver: Josh Gordon is as talented a receiver as you’ll find in the league, but he’s simply not going to be a factor in 2015. Clearly this is a team that needs help at the receiver position this year, so finding someone in free agency or the draft makes a lot of sense.

Tight End: Will they be able to keep Jordan Cameron? If not that leaves Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge as the only tight ends on the roster. Neither have proven that they can be solid starters with enough playing time, so they’ll need to replace Cameron if they don’t re-sign him.

 

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  • Jaguars28

    I think it’s safe to give Manziel a poor starter rating

    • wyzel

      I think he just needs a snickers…

    • Tim Edell

      So if a Rookie played 1 game had a phenomenal game you would put him in the elite category???

      • Jaguars28

        No, but Johhny Manziel proved in one game that he can’t play at the NFL level, which is entirely possible.

        • Dildo Baggins

          That is subset scouting at its worst. Cant judge players off 1 game.

          • Jaguars28

            I can judge them if they stink in one game, get hurt in another, and act like a buffoon off the field. I think he’d rather roll $20s in the bathroom at this point.
            Trust me, I have nothing against him, and don’t wish for him to fail. But he’s setting himself up.

          • Dildo Baggins

            Thats like looking at JJ Watt in week 2-4 his rookie year and saying he wouldnt succeed in the NFL. There is just no way you can with 100% certainty say, that Manziel is terrible based on so few snaps.

            My PERSONAL opinion agrees with your PERSONAL opinion. I dont think Manziel is a capable NFL player, but i cant say that he has proved that already based on spot duty.

          • Chris

            Manziel is a trashbag.

          • [email protected]

            more like a ashtray.

          • bobrulz

            He has the physical tools, the mental tools are the issue.

            If he learned anything from his rookie year, he’ll understand that he needs to shape up. It seems like he MAY have gotten that. Obviously we can’t know if that will translate to the field, but props to the Browns for at least not just handing him the job uncontested.

  • Von Jaeger

    Paul McQuistan shouldn’t be on the roster, as he got released. Also missing John Hughes.

  • DrAWNiloc

    This is an exceptionally strong team. They need a QB (sorry, but Manziel can’t call plays, let alone run them), a pass rusher and a running back. I predict they draft them in that order. Consistency at coaching wouldn’t hurt the cause, either.

    • Jaguars28

      Wouldn’t say that, but they’re getting there, especially on defense.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      RB and QB both need bolstered but they have surprisingly few weaknesses. I wish the Bengals would have kept Hawkins. Too bad they might have had to pay him something.

      • Chris

        LMAO at that last part.

    • Vitor

      Really think they must improve the receiving corp first. They don’t have enough talent there since Colt McCoy was under center (in one year Gordon was suspended; in other Cameron was injured most of the time; next one they probably won’t have both).
      A solid pass rusher will turn this defense elite. The bad news for a Ravens fan is that they have a lot of cap space to hit all positions needed.

      • DrAWNiloc

        You may well be right. If a top QB doesn’t fall, as they did last year, Cleveland might grab WR Kevin White at #12, RB Todd Gurley at #19 and QB Brett Hundley or DE Danielle Hunter (hoping to get lucky later with someone like QB Sean Mannion, whose immobility won’t hurt as much behind that OLine) in Round #2. They could get very lucky in this draft.

        • Vitor

          I’m not mock drafting yet, because I think they are in a very good position to attack the free agency first. There are a lot of good WRs and pass rushers availabe.
          Nevertheless as a GM for the Brownies I wouldn’t take a RB with a high pick. Both HBs in this depth chart are not rated very well, but they are very young and could improve next year.

  • Chris

    They’ve got the OL and the defense of a playoff-caliber team. Too bad they can’t figure out the QB situation.

    • DrAWNiloc

      Precisely. On the plus side, their management has gone from being a laughingstock to being exemplars. Imagine if Manziel were 1/5th as good as his billing and if Josh Gordon were merely moronic, as opposed to certifiably brain dead. They’d be in the Superbowl.

      • Jaguars28

        Uh, no they wouldn’t. They got blown out 24-6 by a certain team.

        • DrAWNiloc

          Yes. With neither a QB (one position, but by far the most important) nor Josh Gordon. That’s my point.

          • Jaguars28

            Even so, there are other positions that need to be upgraded. They need to get better at RB, D-Line, ST, and the two you mentioned. They have pieces, but they still need upgrades.

          • DrAWNiloc

            True, but, except for QB, the things they need will be in abundant supply in this year’s draft. Compare this to, say, Detroit’s prospects.

          • Von Jaeger

            They don’t need RBs at all. Crowell and West both struggled because they’re A) rookies and B) had garbage offensive line play after Mack went down.

          • Jaguars28

            Is that why they are both graded as below-average here?

          • Von Jaeger

            Not only are they both rookies but their play took a nosedive when Mack went down (as did the entire right side of the offensive line). They don’t need RBs and they aren’t going to sign or draft anyone.

  • VMI1998

    I think they go after QB in FA (Hoyer or trade for Bradford ideally both). As for the rest of FA I’d go hard after a NT (maybe Nick Fairly) and a WR (Cecil Shorts and Miles Austin). After that I’d address depth at a few positions. In the draft I’d look to address OL, DE, OLB, WR, and TE in the first four rounds. In the las5 three rounds I’d address P, K, FB, and PR. I believe that will build the rest of the team up and take pressure off of whoever is the starting QB.

    • Jaguars28

      Cecil Shorts wouldn’t help anything, trust me

      • VMI1998

        I’d consider him more reliable than say Gordon or Blackmon. Signing him provides a second #2 receiver. That would allow Hawkins to line up in the slot, Gabriel to be the #4 receiver and any rookies to have to earn their playing time. Additionally, Shorts would be insurance against Austin getting injured.

  • James

    Joel Bitoni? You just made a Italian name Bitonio even more Italian.