While I realize it is months away from even the first depth chart to be released by the Browns, I wanted to take a shot at (as well as allow others to) what our boys in brown could be looking like. I don't post very often but am very intrigued by much of what I read, so here goes nothing!
53 Players Total
Note- Sorry Seneca Wallace, cost too much. Lewis can be a practice squad guy.
Note- Not ready to give up on Marecic quite yet, but could see FO plugging Smelley in to lead the way for Richardson and being a pass-catching option out of the back field (as long as he is better at goal line carries than Alex Smith)
Note- Ready to give up on the Carlton Mitchell experiment, just never panned out. Wouldn't be surprised if they kept one of the three UDFAs (Josh Cooper (Oklahoma St) because of his connection with Weeden, Bert Reed (Florida St) because of his speed, or Jermain Saffold (Missouri St) because of his speed/size combo) on the roster and put the other two on the Practice Squad
1) Ben Watson 2) Evan Moore 3) Alex Smith
Note- Not a big Jordan Cameron fan, as I feel Evan Moore can eventually take Watson's place as our guy. Would like to see Dan Gronkowski make the team or at the very least the practice squad but have him as more of a practice squad guy from roster space.
1) Joe Thomas
Note- Praise Joe that we have the best blind side guy in the league.
Note- Have read great things about Pinkston in the off season and thought he played well in the final weeks of 2011. Greco is a suitable back-up
Note- Alex Mack returns to Pro Bowl level this year and is backed-up by Toby Gerhart's younger brother, who is an intelligent, athletic kid with some ability as an interior lineman.
Note- Probably my first surprise for a starter, but I am extremely high on Ryan Miller dating back to the combine. This guy is an absolute monster, 6'7" 320 lbs, and if healthy could provide the line with a much needed monster on the right side. Shawn Lauvao could share snaps early in the season, but I hope to see Ryan Miller on Mack's right side for years to come.
Note- Excited about Schwartz and while Cousins isn't a stud by any means, he can back up either tackle position.
24 Offensive Players total
Note- No surprise here. Hopefully we'll see Auston English on the practice squad.
Note- Hoping the Hughes pick is justified as a solid back-up and that Phil Taylor continues to improve into a star
Note- Big fan of Billy Winn, think he could be a late round steal. Ahtyba Rubin has a shot to be a Pro Bowl DT
Note- Frostee Rucker proves to be worth the signing and makes the Bengals regret letting him go to their northern neighbor. Benard and Schaefering are able back-ups.
Note- While I realize the Johnson at LOLB is a bit of a stretch, hear me out. Acho is a much better suited MLB and I think both of these guys are great value picks late in the draft. Johnson is said to be able to play both inside and outside and while I'm not sure he is the eventual replacement for Fujita, I'm hoping he can at least come in and spell Fujita so that he's not forced to try to play extensive numbers of snaps. Johnson will be a good ST kind of guy as well.
Note- Acho will start as a majority ST player but could develop into a nice rotation player inside.
1) Chris Gocong 2) Kaluka Maiva
Note- No surprises here.
Note- Sheldon Brown gets one more year at corner and Dmitri Patterson shows why he got paid. Buster Skrine continues to develop into a nickelback and shines on ST. Dockery and Wade are still developing and will be on ST too.
1) TJ Ward 2) Eric Hagg
Note- Looking for TJ Ward to have an injury free season to return back to more of what he did his rookie year.
1) Usama Young 2) Johnson Bademosi (UDFA from Stanford)
Note- I dislike Ray Ventrone more than any player on last year's Browns roster. I see him as nothing more than a ST guy and think Bademosi could be a surprise that not many have looked at. He is 6'1" 200lbs and can play corner as well. UDFA FS Tashaun Gipson (Wyoming) might surprise some here as well.
1) Phil Dawson
Note- Sad to say this may be the last year of Phil in a Browns uniform.
Note- Glad to have this guy back. Hopefully he'll be healthy and productive.
Note- After getting signed late last season, I pray to Joe we don't have any more problems at LS.
30 Defensive/ST Players
1) Josh Cribbs 2) Travis Benjamin
Note- Cribbs may see his time as a returner in jeopardy with the addition of Travis Benjamin and his speed.
Probably the first thing everyone is saying is 24+30=54. You're correct, I have gone 1 over the allowed 53 man roster. I found it difficult to eliminate the last spot and think it will come down to an offensive lineman, wide receiver, or corner for the last spot. I hope to see a lot of the talent that I don't have initially making the Browns roster on the practice squad and hope to see a record of 7-9 or 8-8 for the Browns.
Now its your guys' turn. Have at it!