May 28, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws a pass during organized team activities at Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown - 31. Cleveland Browns

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2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

31.  Cleveland Browns (AFC North)

2013 Record:  4-12

Head coach:  Mike Pettine – Pettine has been the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets over the past few seasons.  So he knows the NFL, and more importantly the AFC.  However, he didn’t appear to the Browns first choice for the job.

Best offensive player:  Josh Gordon, wide receiver – Gordon had a huge 2013 season, leading the league in receiving yards with 1,646.  However, Gordon may end up being suspended for 2014 season due to a failed drug test.

Best defensive player:  Joe Haden, cornerback – Joe Haden has emerged as one of the top cover corners in the NFL.  His presence makes the Browns defense better.  He had 6 interceptions and made the pro bowl last season.

Biggest offseason loss:  T.J. Ward, safety – Ward emerged as one of the best safeties in the league last season, so his presence will be missed.  However, the Browns signed free agent Donte Whitner to replace him, so the loss won’t be a big if they hadn’t.

Best new addition:  Johnny Manziel, quarterback – Manziel should open up the season as the starter for the Browns at quarterback.  However, Brian Hoyer might be able to hold him off at first, but eventually Manziel should start at some point.

Biggest strength:  The Browns biggest strength is their secondary led by cornerback Joe Haden.  They also signed free agent safety Donte Whitner from the 49ers.  These two will combine to make the Browns secondary one of the best in the league.  NFL Power Rankings

Biggest weakness:  If Gordon is suspended for the season, then the Browns wide receiving unit will take a huge hit, as they don’t have anyone else capable making plays like Gordon can.   2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

The Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 of the preseason.

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