Many concerns about whether the Cleveland Browns would have a distant chasm from Joe Haden to their No. 2 cornerback lingered from free agency into the draft and this probably remains a major concern. Letting veteran Sheldon Brown walk certainly raised some valid questions about how this void would be filled, and none of the franchise’s moves so far have totally quelled the pessimism among fans and media.
However, the drafting of Leon McFadden in the third round, development of Buster Skrine and signing of Chris Owens suddenly make this a secondary with quality depth and — dare I say it — potentially a sneaky-good cornerback unit? Now the Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that Owens, a transplant from the Atlanta Falcons who really came up huge and made a name for himself when injuries hit that secondary hard last year, is again pleasantly surprising coaches and imprinting his name on the Browns’ depth chart, taking first-team reps for three weeks running now.
“You win positions in training camp. I think everybody knows that,” Owens told the Akron Beacon Journal. “So we don’t know who’s starting yet. I’m definitely going to compete my butt off, and we’ll see what happens come August.”
Added new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski: “He has really good feet, mirror skills and cover skills. He was a guy that we wanted to bring in and put into the mix with our corners to get a chance to compete. In this league, you need corners and you need to have good corners. Chris has been doing a nice job out there.”