Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Stop me if you’ve heard this one- which came first, the chicken or the egg? When it comes to the Browns and the 2013 NFL Draft, the question might apply. When the Browns made wholesale coaching changes, it appeared that a certain draft strategy would be in place. Ray Horton’s defense would require several pieces. An outside linebacker/edge rusher seemed the highest priority. A number of candidates emerged. At pick number six the Browns would certainly be in line to have their choice of pass rushers that are projected to go somewhere in the top ten, meaning nobody would accuse the Browns of reaching for a need. And then, free agency began. The Browns were aggressive early on in securing their front 7. They pursued arguably the biggest free agent of the year in LB Paul Kruger and got him. Desmond Bryant added depth to the front line and Quentin Groves brought experience in Ray Horton’s defense. For a while, it seemed as though the Browns had addressed the need for pass rushers, and were actively seeking to replace Sheldon Brown with a quality free agent CB. It was then that I felt like the Browns were putting themselves in a perfect position to actually take the best player available with that 6th pick. Teams say that they selected the best player available all the time. It is interesting how many times those players also happen to fill a position of extreme need. Truth be told I’m ok with that strategy. If there is a talented player that fills a need it is a logical match. But the Browns were looking like a team that could go any number of directions with that first pick and not go wrong. Laughably, I thought about looking back over the Browns recent draft history to find a first round pick that wasn’t a player at a position of need. I thought about it for around 2 seconds before asking myself what hasn’t been a position of need since the Browns returned. But the Browns missed out on Brent Grimes and Aqib Talib and even Captain Munnerlyn. They signed Chris Owens and Kevin Barnes, but those aren’t the starters you were hoping for. Which puts the onus back on the draft. The defensive backfield is an area of extreme need. The Browns have the sixth pick. Alabama’s Dee Milliner is head and shoulders above the rest of the corner backs in the draft. Best player available, meet position of need. Now in fairness, there are other areas of need on this team. The new offense needs a solid TE. The Browns have an untested group at that spot. Jordan Cameron has the physical tools the staff wants, but may not be ready for the full-time gig. The safety spot opposite TJ Ward is also completely up for grabs. And many fans would still love to see a marquee wide receiver brought in. The problem is that the players that would fill those needs just aren’t in the top ten of this draft. Because of what the Browns did in free agency, they have set themselves up to grab the best corner available- one who has the skills to give the Browns a great tandem. If not, they could move down in the draft and grab a TE or Safety or even a RG. And get an additional pick or two later in the draft. Maybe that was the strategy all along.
1 Comment:
  • Please tell me you dont draw a salary....
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michigan QB talks about racist messages he receives

Giants dethrone Royals in Game 1 of World Series

Devils winger sends zinger about nasty facial cuts

Wife of Royals pitcher leaves World Series ticket as tip

Report: Chandler Jones to miss a month with hip injury

Lance Briggs left Bears' locker room to avoid the fighting

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Could the Seahawks have gotten more for Percy Harvin?

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Favre delays Lambeau return due to Bart Starr’s health

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Fan in critical condition after being beaten before Bears game

Ben Roethlisberger rips the media

WATCH: Arkansas St. RB scores improbable touchdown

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1 loss at World Series

Matt Flynn had a blast at Pearl Jam concert

Report: Back injury could end Nathan Horton's career

Report: Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups E – H

PHOTO: Fans place Manning’s 509 football in Hall of Fame

Jets sign Jeremy Kerley to $16M 4-year extension

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Lego stadiums: turning a childhood hobby into a business

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

Blackhawks make leukemia patient's dream come true

Browns News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report

Cowboys release Michael Sam

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge'

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Ben Roethlisberger rips media

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.