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Ranking the Cleveland Browns' biggest 2021 offseason needs

The Cleveland Browns enter the 2021 offseason in need of upgrades at multiple positions.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Jan. 20, 2021.

With the Cleveland Browns' 2020 season in the books, the team's attention now turns toward the upcoming offseason.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at the five biggest positions Browns general manager Andrew Berry will be looking to address via trade, free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft:

5. Safety

In theory, the Browns already know who their starting safeties will be in 2021. After being acquired in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars last offseason, Ronnie Harrison should return for his second season in Cleveland, while 2020 second-round pick Grant Delpit will be set to make his NFL debut after missing his rookie campaign with a torn Achilles.

But between Harrison entering the final season of his rookie contract and the nature of Delpit's injury, it would make sense for the Browns to continue to invest in the safety position. With Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo set to hit free agency, Cleveland also currently lacks depth at a spot that saw uneven production in 2020.

4. Linebacker

Analytically-driven front offices don't typically invest heavily at linebacker, and the Browns are no exception. Last offseason, Cleveland's linebacker acquisitions included a third-round pick (Jacob Phillips) and a pair of one-year contracts given to veterans B.J. Goodson and Malcolm Smith.

Still, that doesn't make linebacker any less of an offseason need for the Browns, especially if they fail to re-sign Goodson, who played well as Cleveland's starting middle linebacker. While it's unlikely the Browns will use a first-round pick or spend significant money at the position, don't be surprised if they use multiple mid-round picks on athletic, high-upside linebackers.

3. Wide receiver

Between Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.'s contracts alone, the Browns already have plenty invested at the wide receiver position. But Beckham's injury-induced absence exploited the unit's overall speed -- or lack thereof -- especially in comparison to teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

What Cleveland is willing to spend at the receiver position will likely depend on a combination of Beckham's future with the franchise and whether or not it re-signs Rashard Higgins. But regardless of what happens with either player, the Browns could stand to add some vertical speed to their offense.

2. Cornerback

Denzel Ward is a cornerback of the Browns' defense and could be in for a long-term extension as early as this offseason. But Terrance Mitchell and Kevin Johnson are set to hit free agency and Greedy Williams just missed the entirety of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury.

Even Williams returns in 2021, which Berry said he expects to happen, Cleveland could use both an upgrade opposite Ward, a new starting nickel back and overall depth. With the No. 26 pick in the draft, the Browns could have some intriguing options and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them also be a player at the position in the trade and free agency markets.

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1. Defensive end

Despite the presence of Myles Garrett, Cleveland ranked just 15th in the NFL in sacks in 2020 with 38. With Olivier Vernon having suffered a torn Achilles' and set to hit free agency, Garrett is the only Browns players set to return in 2020 to have recorded more than five sacks last season.

As a result, Cleveland finds itself in need of not just a new counterpart for Garrett, but overall depth at one of its most important positions. Look for the Browns take multiple swings on pass-rushers in the draft and explore their options both via trade and free agency in the months ahead.