2015 Depth Charts Update: Cleveland Browns
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- Josh McCown heads into 2015 as the team’s starting quarterback, but that moves comes with its own question marks. He was fantastic in that half season stretch in Chicago back in 2013, but that remains the only season since 2007 where he has finished with a positive grade. A poor season in Tampa Bay last year, where he made some really poor decisions with the football, and he’s now set to start for his third team in three seasons.
- Andrew Hawkins is the Browns best skill position player at this point, and underrated by many even as a slot receiver. Our 11th highest graded receiver in 2014, Hawkins forced 11 missed tackles and averaged 6.4 yards after the catch. The type of receiver where it’s important to find ways to put the football in his hands, he can be a major asset for the Browns out of the slot in 2015.
- Former first round draft pick Phil Taylor has fallen down the depth chart on the defensive line, and faces a fight to see much playing time in 2015. A poor season in 2014, where he graded at -6.5 on just 133 snaps, doesn’t help him, but the signing of Randy Starks all but rules out any chance of him starting this season. He’ll battle with John Hughes for snaps behind Starks.
- Despite the pessimism around several parts of the roster, the Browns starting defensive backfield is up there with the very best in the league. Joe Haden might not be in that elite group at cornerback, but he is in the high quality group below, and he’s now joined in Cleveland by Tramon Williams. In the slot, K’Waun Williams really impressed on limited work in 2014, finishing the year with a +11.0 coverage grade. At safety, the duo of Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner are one of the best safety pairings in the NFL.