Browns' projected starting lineup

The AFC North blog is continuing its series on projecting the starting lineup for each team in the division. Next up is the Cleveland Browns:


QB Brandon Weeden: If a 28-year-old rookie doesn't start right away, there has to be a problem.

RB Trent Richardson: No Madden curse with this running back, just the pressure of being the No. 3 overall pick.

FB Owen Marecic: Two concussions in his rookie season have to be a concern.

WR Greg Little: He finished with 14 drops, tied for second-most in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi: Was second-most targeted player but finished with fifth in receptions.

TE Ben Watson: Suffered three concussions in 2011 but insists he'll continue playing.

LT Joe Thomas: Most consistent performer on Browns' offense went to his fifth Pro Bowl last season.

LG Jason Pinkston: Allowed one sack in 16 starts as a rookie last season.

C Alex Mack: Not even a midseason appendectomy could slow him down last season.

RG Shawn Lauvao: Committed four false starts and three holding penalties last year.

RT Mitchell Schwartz: The second-round pick was the highest-rated right tackle in this draft.


LDE Jabaal Sheard: The second-round pick recorded 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

LDT Phil Taylor: Has strong potential but was up-and-down as a rookie last year.

RDT Ahtyba Rubin: Remains one of the more underrated interior linemen in the league.

RDE Frostee Rucker: Free agent from the Bengals will help slouching run defense.

SLB Scott Fujita: His 50 tackles last season were a career low.

MLB D'Qwell Jackson: Overcame injuries to land a five-year, $42.5 million deal that includes $19 million guaranteed.

WLB Chris Gocong: Has produced 145 tackles in two seasons with the Browns.

LCB: Joe Haden: Finished sixth in the league (and second in the AFC North) with 19 passes defensed in 2011.

SS T.J. Ward: Last year's strong season was cut short by a foot injury.

FS Usama Young: Sheldon Brown could take this spot if he converts from cornerback.

RCB Dimitri Patterson: His play at nickel back warrants a promotion into the starting lineup.