The Cleveland Browns shocked fans with their post-draft Power Ranking spot

Browns cornerback Greg Newsome III breaks up a pass during drills, Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Berea.Akr 7 28 Browns Main 16
Browns cornerback Greg Newsome III breaks up a pass during drills, Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Berea.Akr 7 28 Browns Main 16 /

Do you think the Cleveland Browns did enough this offseason to be a Top 10 team?

The Cleveland Browns have had two disappointing, dare I say bad, back-to-back seasons. The issues for both teams centered around an underperforming offense for one reason or another. For the 2021 Browns, it was the devastating shoulder injury that then-starting quarterback Baker Mayfield tried to play through. In 2022, it was a limited offense behind a solid Jacoby Brissett, and then a lackluster showing from Deshaun Watson.

Those two seasons being marred by the play of the quarterback should tell most people that all the team needs is stability at the quarterback position, but that’s not always the case. Especially last season. The Browns did not have great performances by a lot of the team’s receivers. Amari Cooper did good, even if he isn’t a top guy. Donovan Peoples-Jones will never be a Hall of Famer, but he’s a great addition considering he’s a sixth-round pick, and David Njoku continues to be inconsistent from game to game but a threat nonetheless.

Clearly, the Browns needed help catching balls, and they went out and got two new young vets to join the team, as well as a big-bodied receiver.

The defense wasn’t very good either, with no real pass rush or run-stopping consistency to speak of and a secondary that got picked apart at times. Not to mention the injuries plaguing the linebacking corp.

So on defense, the Browns added two new sizeable upgrades at defensive tackle, while also adding some defensive backs in free agency and the draft. We don’t know if these additions will help the team or not, but they made moves to try and shore up problematic areas from the past few seasons, so it’s something.

Does an offseason of mid-to-late round draft additions and low-cost free agents make the Browns a Top 10 team right now? PFF sure thinks so.

PFF thinks the Cleveland Browns are a Top 10 team heading into the 2023 NFL season

The folks at PFF gave the Browns a Top 10 placing after the NFL, sticking them at ninth. They speak in absolutes, saying that the Juan Thornhill, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo additions will “shore up” the defense. They also said Siaki Ika, an unproven rookie “will morph” the team’s defense into a “force”. None of that can be known, but the optimism will be appreciated by many in the fanbase.

From PFF’s post-draft Power Rankings

"9. Cleveland BrownsBiggest impact player from the draft: DI Siaki IkaPre-Draft Ranking: 21The Browns shored up their defense this offseason by adding safety Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and edge Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Drafting Siaki Ika, who posted a 76.4 PFF pass-rushing grade and an 11.6% pass-rush win rate in 2022, will morph their defense into a force to be reckoned with. Cleveland also added to its receiving corps by drafting Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman."

Now, I don’t like making standing predictions when it comes to pro sports. There are too many variables, and to assume the outcome of an addition (or a subtraction) to a team is foolhardy. What can be said is the Browns did the best they could to fortify areas of weakness heading into the 2023 season.

Does that make them a Top 10 team? Not in my opinion, but the team should hopefully be better fitted for the 2023 season, as opposed to the last two.

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