With free agency and the draft in the rear-view mirror, and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here’s a starting lineup projection for the Cleveland Browns:
RB: Isaiah Crowell: Crowell was a success story in 2016, averaging just shy of 5 yards per carry.
LT: Joe Thomas: The future Hall of Famer continues to be dominant as he reaches his early 30s.
LG: Joel Bitonio: Assuming he's fully recovered from Lisfranc surgery, that is.
C: JC Tretter: The Browns didn't sign a free agent at this position not to start.
RG: Kevin Zeitler: The mauler from Wisconsin leaves the Bengals for big money to start for the Browns.
WR: Kenny Britt: He's the best player at the weakest position group.
WR: Corey Coleman: Coach Hue Jackson had an offseason message for the young receiver: It's time to step up.
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah: The best of last year's rookie class should be better in his second season.
DT: Danny Shelton: He made significant improvement from Year 1 to Year 2, and now he plays in Gregg Williams' scheme.
DT: Jamie Meder: The Pierogi Prince of Parma may fit better in a 4-3 alignment, though the draft will provide competition at this spot as well.
DE: Myles Garrett: Garrett is everything a team wants in a person; now if he can just be that on the field.
LB: Jamie Collins: His offseason signing was the first domino in a productive few months.
MLB: Demario Davis: This projection is based on the assumption the Browns slide Chris Kirksey outside in the 4-3 alignment.
LB: Chris Kirksey: Kirksey will start, whether it's the middle or outside; he played very well in 2016.
CB: Joe Haden: Injuries have derailed his past two seasons. He still has ability, but he needs to stay on the field and show it.
FS: Ed Reynolds II: The Browns liked his smarts a year ago, though there will be competition at this spot.
SS: Jabrill Peppers: He's more of a tackler, as his one interception at Michigan shows. Look for him to be Williams' project for personal improvement.
CB: Jamar Taylor: He turned into a nice addition after draft-day trade a year ago.
P: Britton Colquitt: There's zero issue with the way he punted in 2016; the Browns quickly signed him to an extension.
KR: Mario Alford: Alford's the guy, though this job easily could go to Peppers.
PR: Peppers: The Browns will get their money's worth from this rookie.