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It was just three years ago that the Cleveland Browns were coming off the second 0-16 season in NFL history.
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Now, according to at least one analyst, there isn't a more complete roster in the league than Cleveland's.
Late last week, NFL.com's Marc Ross ranked the league's most complete teams heading into the 2021 season. And it didn't take long to come across the Browns, who ranked first on Ross' list.
"The Browns have been building a respectable roster for several years now," writes Ross. "But heading into the 2021 season, they aren't just good -- they're loaded with Pro Bowl talent from top to bottom, featuring multiple high-level players at almost every position group.
While there are certainly more accomplished teams than Cleveland, to Ross' point, it's hard to find many -- or any -- holes on the Browns' roster. Entering 2021, Cleveland returns what was arguably the best offensive line last season, as well as the league's most talented running back duo in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns' also boast a formidable passing attack featuring quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., tight end Austin Hooper and a new deep threat in Anthony Schwartz.
While Cleveland's defense certainly had its shortcomings in 2020, general manager Andrew Berry has spent the bulk of the offseason adding proven veterans such as safety John Johnson III, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., defensive tackle Malik Jackson and defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley to a core that already includes defensive end Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward. Cleveland also spent its first two draft picks on defense, selecting Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II in the first round and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second round.
While Ross noted that the Browns' special teams unit has its question marks, he said that didn't ultimately stand in the way of Cleveland laying claim to the league's most complete roster.
"Even with questions on special teams, these aren't the same old Browns. Those days are over," he wrote.