In 2013, the Cleveland Browns once again finished at the bottom of the AFC North, this time with a 5-11 record. Fans were quick to blame head coach Pat Shurmur and rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden for much of the teams struggles.
Under new management midway through the season, the Browns would fire Shurmur for another offensive minded individual, one who has previous ties to the Browns' organization (Rob Chudzinski).
And, while Weeden is presumed to be No. 1 on the depth chart at QB once training camp opens, the front office brought in journeyman Jason Campbell to add some competition at the position.
The Browns movement this offseason wasn't limited to the quarterback position, however, as they signed free agents Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant among others.
As the 2013 NFL Draft draws near, the Browns will focus on adding players that will put them one step closer to being a contender in one of the toughest divisions in football. The following is a look at each of the Browns' 2013 picks, with player predictions and what each individual will add to the franchise:
Round 1 (Pick 6): Trade with Buffalo Bills
The Browns trade the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft in exchange for the Bills 1st round (No. 8) and 2nd round (No. 41 overall picks). The trade allows the Browns to pick up the second rounders they lost in exchange for drafting Josh Gordon last year, while not moving to far down in the first round of this years' draft.
Round 1 (Pick 8 from Buffalo): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Numerous analysts have predicted the Browns will select linebacker Dion Jordan of Oregon with their first pick, but, seeing as the Browns have already added two linebackers this off-season (Kruger and Quentin Groves), they address what appears to be a more pressing need.
Rhodes is a big (6'1, 210 pounds), physical corner who will be a nice addition alongside Joe Haden. A starter from day one, he will vault the Browns secondary into one of the best units in the league
Round 2 (Pick 41 from Buffalo): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The Browns considered themselves lucky that Eifert fell this low in the draft. A big (6-6 250 pounds) target, Eifert led Notre Dame in both receptions and yardage, despite being in a spread offense that underutilized him. He will add depth to a unit that released last year's leading receiver, Ben Watson, due to age concerns.
Round 3 (Pick 68): Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
A former tight end who spent last season as a tackle in Urban Meyer's spread offense, Fragel could be asked to move to guard, where the Browns have had some depth issues. A workout warrior, Fragel carries less than eight percent body fat despite weighing over 300 pounds. Fragel's physicality as a result of playing tight end should serve him well at the next level.
Round 4 (Pick 104): EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
The first quarterback and second Florida State alum selected by Cleveland, Manuel is a surprise pick for a couple of reasons. The first is that many people believed if the Browns were to take any quarterback it would be Matt Scott of Arizona. Secondly, not many people believed that Manuel would last all the way to the fourth round.
Manuel may not be asked to do much in his first season other than hold a clipboard behind Weeden and Campbell. However, if the Browns are truly interested in holding an open competition for quarterback this season, Manuel has all the physical tools to be this year's version of Russel Wilson.
Round 5 (Pick 139): TJ Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
Another big, physical lineman, Barnes will be added as an insurance policy in case Ahtyba Rubin or Phil Taylor should go down.
Round 5 (Pick 164 from San Francisco): TJ McDonald, S, USC
In 2012, it was apparent that the Browns lacked a playmaker opposite, SS TJ Ward. They hope the selection of McDonald, who has been compared by some to Bernard Pollard, fills that void.
Round 6 (Pick 175): Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
The Browns hope that Fuller's size and speed (6'2, 4.43 40 yard dash) make him a decent weapon opposite Josh Gordon.
Round 7 (Pick 222): Will Compton, K, Nebraska
Placekickers aren't usually drafted, even in the seventh round. But the Browns bring in Compton with the hope he might be able to make fans forget about the departed Phil Dawson.