The Associated Press put together a diverse group of 12 media members to rank all 32 teams in the NFL now that training camps are in full swing. With fears over so much youth at key positions, the panel ranked the Cleveland Browns 30th out of 32 teams.
At the top of the list was the Green Bay Packers, followed by the New England Patriots and New York Giants to round out the top three. The Indianapolis Colts, also relying on a rookie QB, ranked last at number 32.
The panel of broadcasters and writers, including a few former NFL players included: Chris Berman (ESPN), Clifton Brown (Sporting News), Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports), Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio),Bob Glauber(Newsday), Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News), Clark Judge (CBSSports.com), Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune), Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com), John Lynch (Fox Sports), Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com) and Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune).
Berman ranked the Browns the highest among the panelist at 25, feeling that Trent Richardson alone will solve a lot of offensive problems for Cleveland. But the inexperience of Richardson and more importantly, Brandon Weeden at key offensive positions concerned most of the voters, including former NFL QB Rich Gannon who had the Browns ranked last on his list.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 32): Will probably start a rookie QB, RB & WR. Need I say more?