The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a 7-9 season, but their collapse at the end of last season and the lack of an all-star quarterback made them an easy team to pick on any sink in the rankings. Even though the Browns are building a team that will be tough in the trenches, until you prove you can win with that type of gameplay, you're not going to get the national respect.
While Cleveland had a decent draft in terms of quality, the story here is quantity. Rarely do you want the latter over the former, but like the Patriots, the Browns acquired enough talent to spark competitive training camp battles. My favorite? Seventh-rounder Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. If Ekpre-Olomu gets back to where he was before he got hurt in December, then this was a steeaaaaaaal.
They added some good football players in the draft -- especially Danny Shelton -- but with their quarterback situation being what it is, how much better are they?
The Browns drafted a league-high 12 players, including three front-seven defenders in the first three rounds. The Browns allowed a league-worst 2,265 rushing yards last season.
The Browns continue to get much stronger in the trenches, but they still lack the speed to compete on offense. Drafting Duke Johnson was a start, but not quite enough for what is arguably the slowest moving group of skill positions players in the NFL.