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The Browns have a lot of cornerbacks on the roster, believe it or not. Everyone knows about Joe Haden and Buster Skrine at this point, but let’s go over the rest to see just how daunting a task it might or might not be to field a starting backfield with these guys. Remember, the Browns need a starter on the outside opposite Joe Haden and then will need to decide who best fits the needs as depth, nickel and dime coverage situations.
Of course, this is just what’s currently on the roster. There’s still time for free agency, post-draft trades, and also post-draft cuts. The best cuts usually come when a decent player is about to get paid like an elite player and gets cut ahead of a bonus. Not sure which players fall into that category but Browns fans will remember clamoring for the team to sign Eric Winston who was cut loose by the Texans as he was about to be owed $5.5 million in base salary.
Anyway, the here and now includes the following…Leon McFadden – 22 years old – 5 ft 10 in – 190 lbs – 3rd round draft pick by the Browns in 2013
McFadden wasn’t necessarily every Browns fans’ top pick for corner in this year’s draft with many pining away for Dee Milliner in the first round and Tyronn Mathieu 1 later on. The Browns chose an experienced college starter from San Diego State who has been compared to Brent Grimes and was asked to play a lot of man coverage.
The “bottom line” from NFL.com’s draft profile says all that we know about McFadden right now.
McFadden’s a tenacious three-time All-Mountain West selection possessing the strength, quickness, attitude, and ball skills required of NFL starters, even if his size is not ideal to handle the physicality of veteran wideouts. Many shorter corners who play with similar strength and temperament have succeeded at the next level, which will help him nail down top-75 grades from scouts.
Trevin Wade – 23 years old – 5 ft 11 in – 192 lbs – 7th round pick 2012
Wade was forced into action in 2012 due to injuries and (ahem) other missed time to Joe Haden, Sheldon Brown and Dimitri Patterson. Wade seemed like a bigger player on the field last year than his 5 feet and 11 inches. It remains to be seen just how much the Browns are counting on Wade to be a factor this season competing for the starting spot opposite Joe Haden. You’d like to think that the Browns’ brass liked him so much that they chose against trying to sign a legit free agent at corner. Even without those words coming out of Berea, Wade is one of the prospects Browns fans are hoping to succeed in a big way.
Johnson Bademosi – 22 years old – 6 ft 0 in – 200 lbs – Undrafted Free Agent 2012
Bademosi made the Browns as an undrafted free agent because he could play special teams. He played some corner when Buster Skrine and Joe Haden went down and filled in pretty admirably. In Pat Shurmur’s system there was a rotating captain each week and Bademosi was recommended to be that captain by Phil Dawson, Joe Thomas and D’Qwell Jackson prior to a matchup with the Steelers.
Kevin Barnes – 26 years old – 6 ft 1 in – 185 lbs – Former 3rd round pick in 2009 – Signed one-year contract with the Browns
Barnes became the Redskins’ slot corner in 2011 and Pro Football Focus indicates that it didn’t go too well. “He gave up an extremely unhealthy 12 yards per catch from the slot and will need to really step up over the next 12 months if he wants to stick on with the ‘Skins.” Barnes didn’t stick with the ‘Skins. He was traded to the Lions for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. Apparently Barnes didn’t meet the conditions because he was waived and no compensation was ever given to the Redskins.
Chris Owens – 26 years old – 5 ft 9 in – 180 lbs – Former 3rd round pick in 2009 – Signed one-year contract with the Browns
Owens has been a nickel and dime corner for most of his career. He’s played in 58 games and started 12, all with the Atlanta Falcons. He has three career interceptions. Our friends over at Dawgs By Nature have all the pretty PFF charts showing his performances in all their color-coded glory.
Prince Miller – 25 years old – 5 ft 8 in – 198 lbs – Undrafted in 2010 out of Georgia
Miller has been a frequent flyer between practice squads with the Ravens, Patriots, back to the Ravens, Lions, Jaguars and Browns. Back in college he was a special teams team captain and even returned some punts.
Kent Richardson – 26 years old – 5 ft 11 in – 200 lbs – Undrafted in 2010
Kent Richardson was the defensive back of the year in the Arena Football League when he played for the Philadelphia Soul in 2012, his second year. He signed a futures contract with the Browns. Yes, there is an Arena League Highlight video of his accomplishments…
Josh Aubrey – 22 years old – 5 ft 11 in – 202 lbs – Undrafted free agent by Browns in 2013 from Stephen F. Austin
Josh Aubrey chose to go to Stephen F. Austin to play with his brother Jordan for four years. He was known as an aggressive, physical corner, albeit in a small conference. Just to give you an idea, SFA played against Baylor in 2011 when RG3 was still there. RG3 threw 20 for 22 for 265 yards, three touchdowns while also running for 78 yards on eight carries. Oh yeah, and the game was stopped after three quarters due to lightning with a 48-0 Baylor lead on the scoreboard.
Anyway, none of that has to do with Aubrey directly or conclusively, but he’s been given a chanceand the Browns will apparently see what he can do.
And that’s all I know of for now on the Browns corner situation. I don’t know for sure, but I don’t think I forgot anyone. Please let me know if I did. Certainly could be prettier, but there are a lot of prospects that maybe not all of us have considered too heavily. There’s also time to hit the panic switch and sign some kind of veteran. Hey, maybe Sheldon Brown can come back on a one year deal.
He has no stupid nicknames here.
BEST OF MAXIM
Another NFL Draft in the books. With our aversion to “grades” well documented, we will address 10 key points with regard to the 2013 edition, specific to the Cleveland Browns. Our individual takes can be found after the jump. We invite you to participate, just as many of you did one year ago. Let’s get into it…
1. Just like last year, we’ll start it off here: On a scale...
Wide receiver Davone Bess told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he’s thankful that the Dolphins traded him to the Browns.
“My initial reaction was it was bittersweet, obviously being down here in Miami since my rookie year, having developed a relationship with the organization, the fans and kind of embracing my opportunity was something special here,” said Bess.
The Cleveland Browns once again proved they are the kings of mystery when it comes to the NFL Draft.Prior to the start of the draft, the Browns held seven picks overall, having a selection in every round except for the second, which they forfeited last season by selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon of Baylor in the supplemental draft. And, while at the end of the third day they had...
In a final breakdown of the 2013 NFL draft, Brendan Leister goes over the Browns’ performance.
Barkevious Mingo and whether or not the Browns grabbed the right guy
Passing up the trade with New Orleans
The lack of stats in college for Mingo
How did LSU use Mingo?
Cornerback and Leon McFadden
Ray Horton and where he’ll use Barkevious Mingo
Mingo working on the same side as Desmond...
Scott Raab wasn’t enthused this morning after the Browns’ draft. Craig is cautiously optimistic about the value and strategy. Both finish by saying, “We’ll see.”
The Browns’ strategy and value
Scott’s dismayed by the Browns draft
Attacking the quarterback vs. filling defensive backfield
Are the corners really too short?
20+ players are going into their second year...
Michael Lombardi used the official launch day of the new Cleveland Browns radio homes to reach out to both 92.3 the Fan and ESPN 850 WKNR. He called in to The Fan’s “Kiley and Booms” first and later called KNR’s “The Really Big Show,” with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer. I listened to both interviews because I wanted to hear some insight into what the Browns did this...
The Cleveland Browns will once again just miss out on a quarterback and select a skill player in the 2014 NFL Draft, says Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke.
In an entirely-too-early mock draft posted at SI.com, Burke has the Browns selecting fourth, representing a finish of roughly three or four wins in 2013. This said, the Orange and Brown are presently forecasted to miss out on...
First Round: Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
I hate this pick. Mingo just ins't that good. Cleveland already got their pass rusher in free agency, and didn't need to take a chance on a bum like Mingo with the sixth overall selection. I think he will be a bust very early on, similar to Maybin in 2009. Cleveland will regret not taking Smith or Milliner here I believe...
Sometimes, the best moves are the ones that arent planned.
The trade to acquire veteran wide receiver Davone Bess might have been one of the best moves the Browns made over the three days of the NFL Draft. Even though he has played five NFL seasons, the Browns count him as part of the draft process.
We view Bess as part of the draft and we were fortunate being able to trade back...
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Veteran offensive tackle Winston Justice will be visiting the Cleveland Browns this week, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Colts and Eagles OT Winston Justice is visiting the Steelers today and is scheduled to go to Cleveland on Wednesday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2013
Justice was the 39th-overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006, smack in the middle...
The Cleveland Browns do not appear to interested in adding another quarterback to compete with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell for the starting job.
Cleveland is not interested in adding Cardinals backup Brian Hoyer.
During the NFL Draft the NFL Network floated the idea that the Browns were interested in Hoyer. There had been rumblings that Hoyer would be a fit for multiple teams...
(Note: We’ll try to keep an eye on this without going overboard in non-Browns news angles, but when something significant does occur, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.)
When a company that allegedly rips off customers engages in a P.R. battle with attorneys heading up a class action lawsuit, who comes out looking better? Jimmy Haslam started a campaign of talking to customers...
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“But what about when the Browns signed Desmond Bryant? A guy that in a drunken rampage ripped the door off his neighbors house? They tell you it was an isolated incident...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent offensive lineman Winston Justice will be visiting with both the Browns and Steelers. Former Colts and Eagles OT Winston Justice is visiting the Steelers today and is scheduled to go to Cleveland on Wednesday. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2013 Justice played for the Colts in 2012 after being traded to Indianapolis last...