Talking to any Cleveland Browns fanatic, the consensus is DeMarcus “Dee” Milliner from the Alabama Crimson Tide is the number one choice with the sixth overall pick. But, what if Milliner’s stock elevates and gets in to the top five, then what? Who are the other defensive backs that the Browns could look at?
In the 2012 season, Banks had 63 tackles, four interceptions, and seven pass break ups. He did not participate in the Senior Bowl due to an injury suffered late in the season. This could hurt him because every important NFL scout was in attendance. In my opinion, Banks is faster than Milliner on film. They both run a 4.4. At 6’1″ in height with speed and athleticism, Banks may be best suited in a zone schemed secondary. If he can recover from the nagging knee injury, I do like Banks a lot.
The other is a name under the radar. Ryan is a very interesting ball hawk that would fit very nicely in orange and brown. As a junior, Ryan accumulated 94 tackles, four interceptions, and 17 pass break ups. That last number is Joe Haden-like. Picks are nice but pass breaks ups end drives and momentum. Watching film on Ryan, it seemed like he was in every play one way or another. Ryan is a man-to-man type of defensive back. If the Browns could trade down, Ryan would be a perfect fit in Cleveland.
My first choice like most of you is Milliner, but either one of these guys would also work at the right selection. The Browns need a corner and it would be wise to grab one before the end of the second round. However, Cleveland needs to acquire a second rounder to even have a shot. Trading down may be the way to get one.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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