ESPN posted their pre-season power rankings. While it isn't surprising that they rank the Browns at 28, it is surprising that the Chiefs, who were beat by the Browns and finished with a worse record than the Browns, are ranked ahead of them. They might have drafted Eric Berry, but I think that overall the Browns' player acquisitions this offseason were better. Jacksonville is ranked at 26, but they haven't done much to improve upon the team that the Browns beat last season. Their draft this year had a lot of people really scratching their heads. You can argue that the Browns should be moved up a spot or two.
I know that this is just a pre-season start of training camp ranking so it's senseless to make a fuss about it. But it was the following quote in the team summary that caught my attention and prompted me to post this:
This team lacks talent across the board.
We all know that there are positions where the Browns need to upgrade their talent like WR and the right side of the OL. But I think such a blanket statement is ridiculous. Adam Schefter just visited the team and noted the significant upgrades to the secondary and the quarterbacks. He also mentions that the Browns added some "solid" players at linebacker. He even calls the TE corp "formidable". He seems really intrigued by the Browns' possibilities running the wildcat with Delhomme, Cribbs, and Wallace on the field at the same time since defenses won't know where the ball could be snapped to. The Browns can really take the wildcat to the next level.
Here's the link for the rankings: http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings?year=2010&week=0
Here's the link to Schefter's visit to Berea: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/columns/story?columnist=schefter_adam&id=5432153