Cleveland Browns: 2013 Defensive Draft Needs

October 14, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 2012 draft produced several key defensive players that have helped the Cleveland Browns.  The front office did a great job signing several key undrafted rookie free agents that look promising as well.  But more is needed in some key positions.
The key needs for the draft are corner backs and free safeties.  Cleveland saw how vulnerable it was without Joe Haden over the last four games.  The team needs a young starter to pair with Haden.  While DC Dick Jauron did well covering for the starters who were injured or suspended, the Browns gave up a lot of yardage through the air.
Sheldon Brown, the incumbent starter opposite Haden, is no longer fast enough to be effective as a starter.  Some suggest he be moved to free safety, but in my opinion he would be a nickel or dime guy next year at best. 
Dimitri Patterson has struggled filling in for Haden and is at best a stopgap guy.  He is most comfortable in...

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