Cleveland Browns’ Draft Options

Steve Mitchell-US Presswire

The Cleveland Browns have a solid team right now. They have a good offensive line, a group of young receivers each with different strengths, and a potential solid tandem at running back with Trent Richardson and Montario Hardesty.

The defensive line has players that could fit any scheme, and three safeties in Tashaun Gipson, TJ Ward, and Eric Haag that will give defensive coordinator Ray Horton a few options from which to assemble packages.

The Browns pieced together an ambitious, aggressive coaching staff for first time head coach Rob Chudzinski. They now enter the time when they can add more players to the team via free agency and the draft.

Given the placement of their picks, the Browns are left with a big decision in the NFL Draft.

Cornerback and linebacker, in either order, will probably be their first and third round picks. With Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, and Dion Jordan, there are solid options at the linebacker position in the 2013 draft. The Browns may go with a linebacker in the first round if they pursue Captain Munnerlyn or Keenan Lewis in free agency, and probably pick either position again in the third round.

Flip that around and think about Milliner opposite Joe Haden. That combination elevates the Browns’ corner position to a very high level. Milliner carried himself well at the combine, was disappointed when he did not pull in a ball thrown at him, and seemed to interact well with the players and staff. He was well-coached in college. His former teammate in the defensive backfield, Mark Barron, had a solid rookie year in 2012.

Cleveland has linebackers and will need to figure out how to scheme them. Jabal Sheard will probably move to linebacker, but they could use some additions. Kruger would give the Browns an aggressive, relentless motor and someone the coaches have seen on tape.

They can build the linebacker scheme from there while Milliner makes his way in a good group of young defensive backs. He has a level of talent that would make the back end of the defense very competitive.

I like either scenario. Each improves the defense and would solidify a defensive backfield that we know is on the cusp of being very good.


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