Defensive Mindset is a Must for Cleveland Browns in 2013 NFL Draft

By Ryan Ruiz
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In two days, the Cleveland Browns will be on the clock and it is imperative that they get this draft right. With all the other fans laughing and scrutinizing the recent Browns’ misfortunes, Cleveland coud catapult their way to the top of the AFC North in 2013 with a great draft.

To do this, defense must be top priority in the early rounds. No matter what happens via a trade or a selection, the Browns must fill gaping holes in the secondary. Continuing to analyze this team back and forth, I am still heavily concerned with corner back and safety. This draft is deep in defensive backs and Cleveland must grab the quality ones.

In a brand new 3-4 scheme designed by Ray Horton, the Browns are proceeding with Ahtyba Rubin, Desmond Bryant and Phil Taylor on the front line. The four starting linebackers would be D’Qwell Jackson, Paul Kruger, Quentin Groves and a converted Jabaal Sheard. Cleveland secondary would consist of Joe Haden, TJ Ward, Tashaun Gipson and Buster Skrine/Chris Owens.

This is my educated guess before this coming Thursday. Are you comfortable with that? I am not.

The Browns have added many free agents that may or may not make the team come September. Whatever the first-round pick is, I expect them to have an instant impact much like the players of recent drafts have had their first year. Another shutdown corner is of vital importance and if a safety is not taken, I fully expect the Browns to pursue current free agent Kerry Rhodes again.

Rhodes will be 31-years-old when the season begins and will be a tentative “filler” at safety for Cleveland.

Like the way a kid goes through their teenage years with all kinds of emotions, Browns fans have had their fill over the past year. From another new quarterback, to the sale of the team, to having to hear excuse after excuse, these fans deserve a winning season. The time is now for that deserving season.

Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer. Please Follow Me on Twitter @ryanpruiz24

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