Should Browns trade down?
April, 17, 2013
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
The Cleveland Browns have the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming draft, so they are in position to address any number of holes in their roster. That could include a top linebacker, like Dion Jordan, or a top cornerback, like Dee Milliner, for example. However, both ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley and ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. think the Browns may be better off trading down from No. 6:
Jamison HensleyBrowns' draft not as clear-cut as it appears
"So, why should the Browns trade down if Milliner is available? The depth at cornerback in this draft gives the Browns the option of dropping to the middle of the first round and still getting a starter-caliber cornerback like Florida State's Xavier Rhodes or Washington's Desmond Trufant. The Browns also would have a shot at getting LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo, who is reportedly high on the team's draft board, if they slide back to No. 11 or No. 12. The key to this deal is picking up an additional second-round pick. The Browns can use that to upgrade any number of starting spots, from free safety (Eric Hagg) to inside linebacker (Craig Robertson) to tight end (Jordan Cameron) to left guard. (Jason Pinkston is trying to return from blood clots in his lungs.) If the Browns decided to take Mingo in the first round, they can find a quality corner in the second round, whether it's Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks, Boise State's Jamar Taylor or SE Louisiana's Robert Alford. Teams don't need a pair of elite cornerbacks to win in this league. Look at the Baltimore Ravens, who captured the Super Bowl while starting Cary Williams and Corey Graham at cornerback. There's also a chance the Browns could select a quarterback in the second round, such as Florida State's EJ Manuel."