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2013 NFL Draft Preview

With the sixth pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Browns select….

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.

Click here to view our full NFL Mock Draft for further analysis.

Browns Top 5 Draft Options (Post Combine, Free Agency and Pro Days)

1. Draft Dee Milliner
2. Trade Down to 11 or 12 to obtain a second round pick.
With the 11th or 12th pick options include: Chance Warmack, Tyler Eifert, Xavier Rhodes or Jonathan Cooper
3. Draft Dion Jordan
4. Draft Star Lotulelei and trade Ahtyba Rubin
5. Draft Ezekiel Ansah

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The Browns have had a busy and exciting off-season. The additions of Paul Krugger and Desmond Bryant should give the Browns one of the strongest front sevens in the league as they move to a 3-4 defense. Jason Campbell will give second year quarterback Brandon Weeden some needed competition. Look for the Browns to focus on their secondary early in the draft. Dee Milliner would look nice lined up across from Joe Haden in a secondary that was below average last season. If Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon are able to have breakout years in their second season, the Browns could reach the eight or nine win mark, in what promises to be a much improved season.

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Best Options for the Browns in the 2013 Draft

The Browns used five of their first six draft picks last year to address their offensive woes and with reason for optimism on that side of the ball, look for the Browns to focus on improving their defense early and often in this year’s draft. The Browns are projected to possess a little over 48 million dollars in cap space, the second highest in the league. Under the direction of new owner, Jimmy Haslam, the Browns may look to add an impact player or two through free agency. Assuming the Browns do not make a major splash in free agency, Browns fans should get to know a few potential impact players better before the draft rolls around. The Browns select sixth in this year’s draft and their first pick is extra important this year, because they do not have a second round pick after wisely using it on receiver Josh Gordon through the supplemental draft. Here are the Browns five best options with the sixth pick in the 2013 draft:

1. Jarvis Jones: The Browns need a dominate pass rushing end as well as a reliable coverage linebacker. Jarvis Jones fills both those needs and his versatility and athleticism should be far to much for the Browns to bypass if he is available. Under new defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, the Browns may switch to a 3-4 defense, which would be an ideal fit for a player such as Jones. Jones is built in the Von Miller mold of linebackers and if he is able to produce at nearly the same level as Miller, he would be a steal with the 6th pick. Questions about Jones’s spinal stenosis could be enough to help him slide to number six, but he has proven against the odds that it is not a problem. The Browns are aging at linebacker and are especially weak at outside linebacker. All signs point to Jarvis Jones as the top priority for the Browns rebuilding defense.

2. Bjoern Werner/ Damontre Moore: There is close to a zero percent chance that both Werner and Moore would be available with the 6th selection, but there is a decent chance that one of them would be available for the Browns with the sixth pick. Both defensive ends rate very closely to each other and drafting whichever one is available would not be a bad consolation for a Browns team in need of a dominate pass rushing end. The Browns had 38 sacks, which is not a bad number, but no single player had more than 7 sacks individually. Having a dominate end would do wonders for a team that struggled more against the run than anticipated. Werner accumulated 13 sacks in 2012, while also batting down eight passes. There is no player who can compare to J.J. Watt’s size, strength and athleticism, but Werner is close. Moore does not wow one with athleticism, but he finds ways to constantly get to the quarterback through great technique. Moore had 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss this past season for a Texas A&M team that was among the best at the end of the season.

3. Trade Down: If the three players listed above are taken, the Browns should look to trade down either a couple picks to draft one of the two players listed below and gain a mid round pick or trade into the 10-15 range to accumulate a second round pick. If the Browns trade down to around the 8th pick, they would be getting more value in drafting either Dee Milliner or Chance Warmack, who are slight reaches at number 6. If the top 3 choices are taken, then their is a reasonable chance that Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei would be available with the sixth pick. He is one of the safest picks in the draft and teams would be more than willing to trade up to get him. Defensive tackle is a position of strength for the Browns so drafting Lotulelei themselves would not be the best move. Players such as; Barkevious Mingo and Ezekiel Ansah are interesting options but they would be slight reaches at number six. Trading into the 8-10 range gives the Browns a chance to draft Milliner, Warmack, Mingo or Ansah at a more appropriate draft position, while gaining compensation. Trading into the middle of the first round will certainly net the Browns at least a second a second round pick and they could still draft a player such as Manti Te’o or Tyler Eifert, both top players at their positions at positions of need for the Browns.

4. Dee Milliner: If the top three options are taken and the Browns are unable to trade down, then Milliner should be the pick. This is a little high to draft a corner that is not a sure thing, but Milliner is the best in the class at a position of need for the Browns. The Browns record this season with Joe Haden in the lineup: 5-6. The Browns record without him: 0-5. Haden is a stud, but with Sheldon Brown aging and little other depth, the Browns desperately need to add another corner. This is the position the Browns should look to improve through free agency. Milliner is not rated as highly as Haden, Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne, who were selected 7th, 5th and 6th respectively. This is about the range to select the best corner in the draft, but he might not be safe enough to select sixth overall. Milliner should be a very solid corner in the NFL for a decade, but without elite speed and with only one full year of experience as a starter, the Browns should wait around towards the 8-10 range to call his name if they are able to.

5. Chance Warmack: Milliner’s Alabama’s teammate appears to be a very safe pick, but number six is a tad high to select an offensive guard. Warmack, the only offensive player on this list would fill a position of need and was the leader of Alabama’s incredible offensive line this past season. Warmack has very few flaws and should be a starter from day one. He is the type of impact player the Browns need and would be a wise pick in the 8-10 range, but not at number six. Drafting another offensive player would leave the Browns with few options to improve a defensive that needs more impact players, so if they select an offensive player, they must receive compensation in the process. Milliner may not be available if the Browns trade back, but Warmack should be and teaming him up with former teammate Trent Richardson could yield big results.

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First Win

The Browns got their first win of the season. They are 1-5 and virtually eliminated. However, Weeden and Richardson having a win under their belt is a must for confidence. Unfortunately for Weeden, his age would normally look like he had been in the league for over five years.

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6-10

The Browns were 4-12 last year and will go 6-10 this year. Minor adjustments will help, but the playoffs are a far cry.

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Another One for the Trash Bin

The Browns quickly gave up on their man in Brady Quinn and have moved on. 35-year-old Jake Delhomme is set to be the head man for the team this year with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace waiting in the wings. Delhomme had a dysmal year for the Panthers last year. After starting poorly, he went on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Odds are Delhomme goes down again or doesn’t play well and gets replaced by Wallace or even give McCoy a shot. After all, what does this team have to lose?

The Browns haven’t really done much else to improve their squad over last year’s poor outing. Josh Cribbs is still there, so maybe he can return some more kicks for them. That will be the highlight of their season just about.

The Browns will once again finish dead last in the AFC North with a 4-12 record.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Will the Browns Ever Get Out of Last Place?

The AFC North is going to be a tough division this season. The Bengals and Ravens are both expected to have great teams. The Steelers are kind of up in the air and the Browns have improved a little as well. Who will finish at the top of the division? Read on to find out.

4. Cleveland Browns: The Browns have moved on once again at the quarterback position with Jake Delhomme. The Browns gave Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson a chance over the last two years and neither one of them made it back to the team this season. Quinn was traded to the Broncos for fullback Peyton Hillis and a sixth round draft pick, and Anderson was released and picked up by the Cardinals. The Browns are hoping to get things right for once with Delhomme leading the way. Delhomme, the long time Panthers quarterback, hit rock bottom last season. After having a miserable start to the 2009 season, Delhomme went on the injured reserved list with a broken finger for the rest of the season. While he was out backup Matt Moore showed that he was cut out to start for the Panthers going 4-1 in his starts beating the Giants, Vikings, and Saints.
Other than adding Delhomme, the Browns didn’t really do much else in improving their team. Their wide receivers aren’t that good with the youngster Mohamed Massaquoi leading the bunch and behind him Josh Cribbs, who is more known for his record breaking kick returns.
The Browns are also lacking in talent on defense, with only a few bright spots in their cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright. On the defensive line the only guy that is reliable is the veteran Shaun Rogers and at the middle linebacker position D’Qwell Jackson. Other than that the Browns look like they will be a last place team once again. I’m starting to think that it was a mistake letting them come back into the league. I predict that they will only have four wins this season finishing at 4-12.

Click here to read the full article – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network



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Delhomme wants to start for Browns

Quarterback Jake Delhomme completed his visit to Cleveland last week and drove to the airport for a flight to New Orleans. He never made it.

Travel delays forced Delhomme to return to Charlotte, N.C., where he chose to sign with the Browns without visiting his hometown Saints. The chance to start was more important than being a backup in his home state.

Delhomme, who grew up in Breaux Bridge, La., and spent his first five years with the Saints, would have been a backup to Drew Brees with the Super Bowl champions. In Cleveland, he is the favorite to win the starting job after team president Mike Holmgren and the Browns parted ways with Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.

Delhomme’s main competition will be Seneca Wallace, whom the Browns acquired in a trade with Seattle.

Click here to read the full article – By Associated Press of ESPN.com



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With Shaun Rogers Lost For Season, Wounded Cleveland Browns Search For Answers

Some call him Big Baby. Others call him a man among boys. Whatever the case may be, the Browns now have a crater-sized hole in the middle of their defensive line where three-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers once stood.

Rogers, who suffered a lower left leg and ankle injury late in Sunday’s 16-7 loss to the Bengals, will be placed on injured reserve for the season and undergo surgery to repair the damage. He’ll be replaced in the lineup by second-year nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin, the Browns’ sixth-round pick in 2008 out of Iowa State. End Corey Williams is also lobbying for playing time there, and coach Eric Mangini will determine if he needs to add another lineman.

“[Rogers] is very disappointed,” Mangini said. “He wants to be out there. It hurts. It’s really unfortunate.”

Mangini declined to say if Rogers’ ankle was broken. “I really don’t want to get into the specifics of it,” he said.

Rogers is one of four defensive starters injured Sunday. The others were safety Brodney Pool (concussion), end Kenyon Coleman (knee) and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (knee). Mangini said it’s “wait-and-see” with the three other players, but acknowledged the Browns are taking Pool’s concussion — his fourth or fifth — very seriously.

Click here to read the full article – By Cleveland Plain Dealer




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