Browns Have More Questions Than Bengals Entering Draft


UPDATED: Wednesday April 24, 2013 2:32 PM

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's first draft will be unlike any in team history. There's no guarantee it won't be his only one.
    
The endless speculation over what Cleveland might do with the No. 6 overall pick, perhaps even select another quarterback to replace Brandon Weeden, a 2012s first-rounder, or trade defensive linemen Jabaal Sheard or Ahtyba Rubin seems pretty trivial all of a sudden.
    
This year, "being on the clock" has new meaning for the Browns with Haslam embroiled in a deepening FBI investigation for fraud at his Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain empire.
    
The team's revamped front office, new coach Rob Chudzinski along with his staff, and newly signed high-priced free agents, enter this year's NFL draft facing more uncertainty.
    
For the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker James Harrison has signed his two-year deal with Cincinnati, giving the Bengals a proven playmaker in one of their areas of concern heading into the NFL draft.
    
Now, it becomes more about picking players who will provide depth on a team returning intact from a playoff season.
    
The Bengals have spent lots of money in the offseason retaining players from a 10-6 team that lost to Houston in the opening round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Cincinnati still hasn't won a playoff game since 1990.
    
The last main concern is offensive tackle. Right tackle Andre Smith is an unrestricted free agent. The Bengals would like to know whether he's coming back before they make their first pick on Thursday night.

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