Draft day strategy employed by general manager Tom Heckert his first two years on the job has set the defense up to be the strength of the Browns.
Heckert used the first two picks in 2010 on cornerback Joe Haden and safety T.J. Ward and his first two picks on defensive tackle Phil Taylor and end Jabaal Sheard last year.
Would Heckert dare take a defensive player with his first pick April 26? If the Browns do enough to help the offense in free agency he just might. Cornerback Morris Claiborne from LSU could be a tempting pick.
First things first, however. The Browns have some decisions to make, particularly at linebacker where team captain and 2011 tackle leader D'Qwell Jackson will be a free agent.
Jackson started every game after missing 26 straight with pectoral injuries. He led the Browns with 158 tackles and had 3.5 sacks. He totaled three career sacks before his pectoral injury in 2009.
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