Cleveland Browns should focus on defense with pick #6

By ericschmidt

Unless University of Georgia WR A.J. Smith magically falls to the Cleveland Browns at the number six position, the Browns should focus on defense with their first pick in April’s draft. There is no doubt that the Browns need serious help at the wide receiver position, however, solid wide receivers can be had in later rounds. Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had one of the steals of the draft by selecting Mike Williams in the 4th round and he responded with 10 scores and just under 1,000 yards receiving.

With the Browns releasing several veteran defenders last week, and the organization moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme, the Browns need to focus on re-tooling the defense and there are several players that should be there at number 6 which will make an immediate impact for the Browns in 2011.

This year’s draft is especially loaded with talent at the defensive line position and it appears that CB Prince Amukamara might likely be still on the board when the Browns pick at number 6.

With the Browns playing six games a season against the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive pass rushing talent as well as pass defense should be a priority.

OLB Von Miller of Texas A&M, DE Adrian Clayborn of Iowa, DT/DE Marcel Darius could all likely still be on the board as well. Of course some players stock will rise or fall over the coming week with the start of the NFL Combine, but there are just too many pressing needs for the Browns on defense to think about offense.

The only two offensive players that should interest the Browns are both wide receivers. A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Most mocks I have seen show Green off the board at number 4 to the Cincinnati Bengals as they will most likely release Chad Ochocinco and are not bringing back Terrel Owens. The number 6 pick might be a little too high to select Julio Jones out of Alabama.

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