The Cleveland Browns have been stuck in neutral the past couple of years. With the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner, the team has plenty of areas on the roster to address yet again.
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Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: With the Browns transitioning to a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme under new coordinator Ray Horton, there is a more-than-good chance that this pick is defense. A pass rusher makes a lot of sense, but Cleveland also has a big need in the secondary, lacking an impact corner opposite Joe Haden.
As a team last season, the Browns ranked 25th in the league against the pass. Given that Cleveland's offense lacks the firepower to win many high-scoring games, many looked to the defense's struggles as the primary cause of a disappointing 5-11 record. Milliner would certainly help the cause and could make life a lot easier for the new coaching staff.
Along with Xavier Rhodes of Florida State, Milliner is arguably the top cornerback available this year. At 6'1 and 199 pounds, Milliner helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in January. He picked off two passes as a junior, and while his stats may not jump out on paper, he rated as one of the top coverage corners in college football.
In addition to a cornerback or a pass rusher, some mock drafts believe the Browns could take a quarterback with their top pick. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner will want a new QB to build around, and there could be plenty of options on the board with no elite prospect emerging in workouts.