The path to the draft is officially upon us and it is time to take a look at the direction that the Cleveland Browns will be taking this off-season. Every two days, I will break down a new round starting with the seventh and working up to the top. Keep checking in for new updates and information as more rounds are added!
Greetings Browns Fans! Before we get into Cleveland’s projections for the third round here is a recap of how the other rounds have played out so far:
Sixth Round Pick 5, 165th Overall: Jeremy Kerley, WR TCU
Sixth Round Pick 3, 163rd Overall: Scott Lutrus, ILB, UCONN
Fifth Round Pick 6, 134th Overall: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State
Fourth Round Pick 5, 101st Overall: Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
The Browns will look to add depth in the third round of these draft projections as the team will take Brandon Burton, CB, Utah.
Cleveland found a gem last season in Joe Haden but unfortunately had to deal with poor play from Eric Wright and even Sheldon Brown at times. Burton gives Cleveland much needed depth behind Haden and even gives the team an opportunity to deal Eric Wright if a trade opportunity presents itself in the Summer months.
Burton had a great career at Utah before declaring for the draft after last season (his junior year). In his three seasons, Burton collected a total of 97 tackles with his career-best total of 51 coming in 2010. Burton also had two interceptions last season which helped him finally get on the radar of professional scouts.
The following is Burton’s NFL Combine overview: (originally found here, copied text in italics)
Burton could become a great starting corner for a team with a press-heavy scheme. Very adept at disrupting receivers releasing off the line and can flip his hips but may struggle to recover when beaten by top NFL deep threats. Does a good job reading the passer in off-man coverage and closes quickly after the catch but could do a better job of recognizing run. Has the mentality and physical tools to eventually improve in run support but takes too long to shed and is only adequate at breaking down in space.
According to Burton’s scouting report, he would be a nice fit in Cleveland and could serve as a number two or three option if the team does in fact look to trade Wright during the off season.