The Browns' draft needs include quarterback, interior offensive linemen and running back. Finding a solution at the quarterback position in the draft has long eluded the club, with Johnny Manziel being the most recent first-round miss in 2014. The Browns had 14 draft choices last year and selected one quarterback, Cody Kessler of USC, in the third round. NFL personnel executives have indicated reservations about the quality of the 2017 quarterback class, so this might not be the right year for the Browns to ring the quarterback bell again.
The field of potential candidates for the No. 1 pick won't be set until after the Jan. 16 deadline for college underclassmen to file for early draft eligibility. Draft order is set from worst records to best, and in the case of tied records, schedule strength is used as a tiebreaker.