Scouts Inc. predicts Browns stink in 2011

May, 5, 2011
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This week I was curious to see Todd McShay's 2012 mock draftInsider, and then my jaw dropped after clicking the link.

With the No. 1 overall pick, the first team on the clock next year will be. ... the Cleveland Browns?

Ouch!

The early projection from Scouts Inc. is that the Browns will be the NFL's worst team in 2011. Things will be so bad that Cleveland will draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick, according to McShay's first mock draft.

If that's the case, second-year quarterback Colt McCoy will be a complete flop and the "Madden curse" will hit star tailback Peyton Hillis early and often. New head coach Pat Shurmur also will win about three fewer games than recently fired Eric Mangini, which would be disastrous.

It's early, but I don't see the Browns being the worst team in football. They have holes and young players thrust into key roles. But a lot has to go wrong for the Browns to finish 2-14 next season.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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