Yes…A Depth Chart


OK I understand it’s way too early for this, but I simply can’t help myself. Around this time of year everyone loves a good (or sometimes bad) depth chart!


  • Blaine Gabbert-This is his team, his year.
  • Chad Henne-Still the number 2; provides a veteran presence.
  • Jordan Palmer-If he continues playing like this how can you not keep him around?

Running Back:

  • Rashad Jennings-No one could ever fill MJD’s shoes, but Jennings will get the job done.
  • Montell Owens-Good number 2 back and pro-bowl special teamer; spells Jennings in spot duty.
  • Keith Toston-This kid wants it. Plays his way onto the team.


  • Greg Jones-That little fight between him and Osi was awesome. We could use a little fight.
  • Brock Bolen-Versatility as a back up; good on coverage teams.

Wide Receiver:

  • Justin Blackmon-5th overall pick may need time, but best believe it he has a spot on this offense.
  • Laurent Robinson-Hopefully he provides Blaine with a reliable target.
  • Cecil Shorts III-He could make the leap this year.
  • Mike Thomas-Play like you did last Friday night…ALL THE TIME.
  • Brian Robiskie-Make Cleveland sad they let you go.

Offensive Line:

  • Eugene Monroe-Does nothing but improves and gives Gabbert very good protection in 2012
  • Eben Britton-What will happen with him this season?
  • Rob Meester-Old faithful. Staple in this offense.
  • Uche Nwaneri-Solid.
  • Will Rackley-Needs to get healthy, but I can see this kid having a decent season.
  • Cameron Bradfield-He’s got versatility
  • Jason Spitz-He’ll be good to go in the regular season; interior utility lineman.
  • John Estes-He’ll man the back up center position.
  • Mike Brewster-I still think he makes the 53.
  • Drew Nowak-Yes I went there. The DT makes the team as an interior offensive lineman.

Tight End:

  • Marcedes Lewis-Can he improve on his disastrous 2011 campaign? He HAS to.
  • Zach Miller-Health still a huge ?
  • Zach Potter-Gabbert seems to trust him.

Defensive Tackle

  • Tyson Alualu-Something tells me him being held out is cautionary.
  • C.J. Mosley-Capable back up to Alualu.
  • Terrance Knighton-Stuff the run!
  • D’Anthony Smith-We just may see what we have in Smith in 2012.

Defensive End

  • Andre Branch-This kid will be a force.
  • Jeremy Mincey-We need more than 8 sacks.
  • Aaron Morgan-Will this project pay off?
  • Austen Lane-This is a make or break year for Lane.
  • George Selvie-May keep him around for health’s sake.


  • Daryl Smith-So underrated
  • Paul Posluszny-Has to get better in coverage, but he’s a tackling machine.
  • Russell Allen-He did it the hard way, but I think he gets Sessions’ spot in which he played so admirably last season.
  • Kyle Bosworth-Saw him on the field a lot last Friday. If that becomes the standard throughout the rest of preseason then there’s your answer.
  • Brandon Marshall-Impact special teamer? He looked good on the kick coverage teams last Friday.


  • Derek Cox-He’ll be ready week one. #1 corner
  • Aaron Ross-I think Ross will have a GREAT season
  • Rashean Mathis-Long in the tooth, health a concern.
  • William Middleton-I really like what I’m seeing from this guy.
  • Kevin Rutland-He sneaks on the team yet again!
  • Mike Harris-Team keeps six corners.


  • Dawan Landry-Continues to do what he does.
  • Dwight Lowery-See above.
  • Chris Prosinski-Sticks around for depth and special teams.
  • Courtney Greene-Quality depth; can play both safety spots.


  • Josh Scobee-So relieved we sign him!
  • Bryan Anger-Field position weapon, BANGER!
  • Jeremy Cain-Long snapper.

Not the most in depth analysis, but it’s how I see it as of now. Thoughts, gripes? See comments section.

-David R. Johns