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Cleveland Browns: Team Draft Needs

Mario Puig

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Chip Kelly, James Harrison and David Bowie.

Team draft picks (seven)

First round (6)
Third round (68)
Fourth round (104)
Fifth round (139)
Fifth round (164)
Sixth round (173)
Seventh round (237)

Note: I fully expect Cleveland to trade back from the sixth pick and acquire at least a second-round pick as a result.

1. Defensive back

T.J. Ward is a fine safety when heís healthy, but heís cornerback-sized and has missed 10 games over the last two years. Usama Young, meanwhile, is also a durability worry at the other safety spot. Cornerback, meanwhile, is a position of rather urgent need, because Buster Skrine isnít a serious starting option opposite Joe Haden.

Potential targets:

First round


Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Second round

Matt Elam, S, Florida
Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Third round

J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
Shawn Williams, S, Georgia
Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

Fourth round

Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Josh Evans, S, Florida
Duke Williams, S, Nevada
Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
Will Davis, CB, Utah State

Fifth through seventh rounds

Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Earl Wolff, S, North Carolina State
Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada
Adrian Bushell, CB, Louisville
Rontez Miles, S, California (PA)
Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech
Nickell Robey, CB, USC

2. Quarterback

The team still has an investment in 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden, even if the new management regime isnít as much of a fan as the last one, so the Browns might not be especially enthused about the idea of targeting a quarterback in the first round. On the other hand, both Weeden and free agent addition Jason Campbell fail to inspire much faith, so cheaper draft targets in the second and third rounds should very much be in Clevelandís crosshairs.

Potential targets:

First round


Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (trade back)
E.J. Manuel, Florida State (trade back)

Second round

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Matt Barkley, USC
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State

Third round

Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Matt Scott, Arizona

3. Pass catchers

Josh Gordon showed steady glimpses of WR1 potential last year and Greg Little and Travis Benjamin both have likable traits, but the latter two generally donít look like standout talents. Meanwhile, tight end is in significantly worse shape, as 2011 fourth-round pick Jordan Cameron is currently atop the depth chart. Cameron is very athletic and showed some promise in 2012, but tight end is still an area where Cleveland should add talent.

Potential targets:

First round


Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (trade back)
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (trade back)

Second round

Keenan Allen, WR, California
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Robert Woods, WR, USC
Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Third round

Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Josh Boyce, WR, TCU
Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
DaíRick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

Fourth round

Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Chris Gragg, TE, Colorado
Tavarres King, WR, Georgia

Fifth through seventh rounds

Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
Matt Furstenburg, TE, Maryland
Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
Luke Willson, TE, Rice
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Texas A&M


Other needs: OLB depth, guard, backup running back