Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/28/13
The Cleveland Browns were a surprising team last season despite posting a 5-11 record and once again finishing in the running for a top draft pick.Here is the 2013 rookie class that new head coach Rob Chudzinski and the Browns' front office have put together to continue surprising fans this season.They may even have a team that is capable of taking over the AFC North in 2013.Cleveland Browns 2013 Rookie ClassDraft Picks1st Round: Barkevious Mingo – Outside Linebacker3rd Round: Leon McFadden – Cornerback6th Round: Jamoris Slaughter – Strong Safety7th Round: Amonty Bryant – Defensive End7th Round: Garrett Gilkey – Offensive Tackle Rookie Free AgentsAaron Adams – Offensive TackleRyan Aplin – QuarterbackPerez Ashford Wide ReceiverJosh Aubry – CornerbackBraxston Cave – CenterJamaine Cooke – Running BackDominique Croom – Wide ReceiverMichael Edwards – Wide ReceiverPaipai Falemalu – Defensive EndChris Faulk - Offensive TackleCaylin Hauptmann – Offensive GuardGarrett Hoskins – FullbackDave Kruger – Defensive TackleRyan Mcwethy - Strong SafetyCordell Roberson – Wide ReceiverJustin Staples – Defensive EndTravis Tannahill – Tight EndRicky Tunstall – Strong SafetyMartin Wallace – Offensive TackleMike Niam – LinebackerZach Anderson – Defensive Line After taking a running back and a quarterback last season in the draft to help start rebuilding their offense, tackle Garrett Gilkey was the only offensive player drafted by the Browns this season. Gilkey should find little problem finding playing time since the Browns' offense ranked near the bottom of the league last season primarily due to an ineffective offensive line.Even though Gilkey was the only offensive player drafted, the Browns have 12 free agent rookies to fill the rest of their needs to their offense. They also signed quarterback Ryan Aplin which should see action this season if Brandon Weeden struggles.Aplin might not have been drafted, but he is by far one of the best quarterbacks that entered the league this season. Last season he led the Arkansas state Red Wolves to a 10-3 record including a 17-13 win over Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl with and interim coach running the team.While Gilkey may have been the only offensive player taken in the draft, the Browns used their other four picks strengthening their 25th ranked pass defense.The Browns got the more experienced defensive end when they drafted Barkevious Mingo despite Ezekial Ansah being selected one spot ahead of him.To go along with the addition of Mingo on their defensive line, the Browns have tackle Dave Kruger in camp. Dave is the younger brother of defensive end Paul Kruger, which the Browns also just signed from the Baltimore Ravens when he became a free agent.
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