With free agency buzz finally fizzling out, it’s time for teams to shift their full attention to the NFL Draft. One of those teams, the Cleveland Browns, is positioned in the top 10 of the draft at number six. Entering the 2013 NFL Draft, the Browns are certainly a team to watch.
With new management working together from CEO Joe Banner to General Manager Michael Lombardi, the Browns are anything but predictable. New management’s first years are difficult to predict what strategy they will use come draft time.
However, based on free agency and roster moves, we can certainly see which players would make the most sense for the Cleveland Browns for their number six pick. Here is a list of players that would make the most sense to be an addition to the Browns roster. (In no particular order)
DeMarcus Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
The Browns secondary is in desperate need of worthy additions. Usama Young has been waived, and Sheldon Brown is not getting any younger. Joe Haden already locks down one half of the field; bringing in Milliner would certainly lock the other half. Milliner brings a rare ability to keep up with receivers and does not shy away from getting physical.
Player Comparison: Devin McCourty
Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
The Browns have a brand new defense in the 3-4 after playing in the 4-3 for the past few years. Free agency addition Paul Kruger will bring some much needed experience and leadership from his time in the 3-4 in Baltimore. Jabaal Sheard will most likely move from defensive end to full-time outside linebacker in the defensive scheme change. This, in turn will be a huge change-up as Sheard was the defensive line’s biggest contributor. Dion Jordan’s quick speed and relentless attack will certainly fill in for Sheard’s absence on the defensive line. Jordan also brings versatility by being able to stand up and play linebacker for relief duties.
Player Comparison: Dwight Freeney
Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
For the same reasons with Dion Jordan, some defensive line personnel are needed for the Browns 3-4 defense. Ansah is a bit of a raw prospect, but has shown flashes that prove why he deserves to be considered at the top of the draft. In 2012, Ezekiel Ansah totaled 62 tackles, 13 for a loss, nine passes broken up, a forced fumble, interception and 4.5 sacks. Ansah posses a rare combination of speed and power to get through offensive lineman, and if honed to the next level, Ansah can be a force to be reckoned with.
Player comparison: Jason-Pierre Paul
Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
The Browns were able to get a potential gem in Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, and he has produced. However, behind him, Greg Little dropped too many passes and just wasn’t explosive in times when he was needed in the season. Adding a wide receiver might be a little bit of a reach at number six, but it does make sense. If Brandon Weeden will be given a legitimate chance to grow this season as a starter, then he must be surrounded by talent. Patterson has a great skill set with the combination of speed, size and strength. Starting for the Volunteers, he amassed 778 yards on 46 receptions with five touchdowns. While Patterson is still a little raw, the skill set is there, and if brought out right, he could be a very dangerous player in the league.
Player Comparison: Demaryius Thomas
Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Werner is not talked about much as Dion Jordan and Ezekiel Ansah are in terms of defensive ends. However, Bjoern Werner is a physical freak that powers through offensive lines. Werner had a big game against Florida when he recorded six tackles (3.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks. The only knocks on Werner are his speed and that he might not be able to stand up and play linebacker. However, his rare power ability will land him somewhere in the first half of the first round.
Player Comparison: Chris Long