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Resetting the Browns’ depth chart to find 2021 NFL Draft needs (survey)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns have four weeks until the draft, and if you’re trying to figure out what they’ll do with the No. 26 pick in the first round, mock drafts aren’t much help.

While most mock drafts have the Browns targeting defense with their first pick, the specific position varies from edge rusher to defensive tackle to linebacker. Tim Bielik’s most recent mock draft had the Browns taking Georgia edger rusher Azeez Ojulari at No. 26 and Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu in the second round.

The Browns have nine picks overall in the draft, including two in both the third and fourth rounds.

Which positions should the Browns prioritize? That’s what we’re asking today.

At the bottom of this post is a survey where you can rank the Browns’ positions of need. Results will be revealed on Friday (April 2).

To help you target areas of need, here’s a look at the Browns’ potential 2021 starters at each position, along with key backups:

QUARTERBACK

1. Baker Mayfield.

2. Case Keenum.

For the third straight season, it’s clear who the Browns’ starting quarterback is.

RUNNING BACK

1. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt.

3. D’Ernest Johnson.

4. Andy Janovich.

Chubb usually gets the start, but the Browns had him rotate drives with Hunt throughout the season.

WIDE RECEIVER

1. Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry.

2. Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge, Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Beckham and Landry are at the top of the depth chart, but the rest of the order should shake out during training camp.

TIGHT END

1. Austin Hooper.

2. Harrison Bryant, David Njoku.

4. Stephen Carlson.

Njoku finished the season strong and had the best Pro Football Focus grade of the group.

OFFENSIVE LINE

1. Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Jack Conklin.

6. Nick Harris, Chris Hubbard, Drew Forbes

The starting five returns from last season. Harris, Hubbard and Forbes are the likely backups based on experience and draft status.

EDGE

1. Myles Garrett, Takk McKinley.

3. Porter Gustin, Joe Jackson.

This group lost Olivier Vernon and Adrian Clayborn from last season and gained McKinley.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Sheldon Richardson.

2. Jordan Elliott, Andrew Billings, Malik Jackson

Richardson is the only clear starter of this group.

LINEBACKER

1. Anthony Walker

2. Jacob Phillips, Sione Takitaki, Malcolm Smith, Mack Wilson.

Much like last season, the Browns have a bunch of candidates but little clarity at linebacker.

CORNERBACK

1. Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams

2. Troy Hill

3. M.J. Stewart

4. Robert Jackson

The hope is that Williams returns from injury to join Ward in the starting lineup, allowing Hill to play nickel corner.

SAFETY

1. John Johnson III

2. Grant Delpit, Ronnie Harrison.

4. Sheldrick Redwine

Johnson was the big free agent signing, but the Browns are expected to have Delpit and Harrison on the field a lot, too.

Check out the survey below and rank the positions based on what the Browns should prioritize during the draft. Just drag and drop in the order you like.

(Don’t see the survey? Click here to participate.)

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