Today is draft day and once again the Cleveland Browns get an early pick. To the victors go the spoils and the losers, well; they get a chance pick someone who can maybe help lift them up out of their rut. The only problem is that since the Browns re-inception into the league in 1999 they have had 9 picks in the top 15, and many other early round picks. If picking early was the only thing that made you better the Browns would have won the last 5 Super Bowls but obviously that is not the only thing it takes. The Browns cleaned house over this off season, from owner on down, the team has a new look and hopefully better luck; with all this being said who will the Browns take in the first round of the draft later tonight? I have listed a couple different options I see the Browns taking with their 6th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Dee Milliner is one of the best college cornerbacks coming out in this draft coming from an elite school in Alabama. He is honestly who I expect the Brown’s to take with the 6th overall pick assuming they don’t trade out of this spot. He would complement Joe Haden well, give the Brown’s a much stronger back field who play in a division with passers like Rothenberger, Dalton, and Flacco and receivers like Bolden and A.J. Green. The NFL is a pass first league so pass defense is necessary if you expect to stay in games. Milliner would likely start and contribute right out of the gate and again, with him, Joe Haden and T.J. Ward in the back field the Browns defense would be set up to defend the pass for the next 5 – 10 seasons.
Ziggy Ansah is a great pass stopper out of BYU. I really like Ziggy and would love to see him playing for the Browns every Sunday but I don’t see him still being there by the time the Brown’s pick. Rumors have been circulating today that the Browns would possibly trade up with Oakland to acquire him, but I don’t see this happening for several reasons. Unless Oakland was willing to give up this spot for virtually nothing (and they won’t) the Browns needs are so many, that I don’t think it makes sense to trade up for Ansah. I think he makes a better pickup for the Browns than Milliner but I would rather hold onto the picks because Milliner is needed as well. If Ansah is still there by the time the Browns pick they may take him, but I don’t think he will be there and I don’t think the Browns are willing to give up what they will need to so they can trade with Oakland.
Dion Jordan is a pure athlete; he is strong and fast. The main issue with him is that he played at Oregon. I don’t hate Oregon and I realize some good players have come out of there recently such as T.J. Ward, but when I watch film of him I see him being more the product of a system and not as good of a player as his numbers would lead you to believe. His numbers are a bit lacking in some places as well. He has racked up a lot of tackles, but he has only forced 4 fumbles in three years and has 0 interceptions. He was a recruited as an offensive player to Oregon and even played a year at wide receiver. For someone who was considered a good high school prospect at tight end getting no interceptions, I have to wonder if he will be able to drop into coverage when it is needed. I think in the long run he will make a good player in the NFL, but I think he needs some work and I think Cleveland can get more bang for their buck with other picks; Milliner and Ansah in particular.
Way too high! Picking up Geno Smith at the 6th pick is insane! Geno Smith may work out in the NFL; comparing him to RGIII or Cam Newton I think is way too generous to Smith but I don’t think picking him up at 6th overall makes sense. If he is still there in the 2nd round take him, if not no biggie. There are other quarterbacks out there the Browns can take in later rounds that I feel are at about the same skill level as Geno Smith.