NFL Mock Draft 2013: Browns could go after pass rush help in 1st round

Joe Robbins

The Cleveland Browns could be after pass rushing help in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Cleveland Browns are right on the cusp of being a good team, they just have to make some very important decisions on both sides of the ball. On offense, they have a very iffy situation at the quarterback position and need to make a decision there, but on defense, they might be a player or two away from having something special.

Do they address the needs on the offensive side of the ball or do they look to improve their defense by adding a pass rusher to attempt to make the jump from good to elite on that side of the ball?

Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation released his latest mock draft, and he has the Browns electing to bolster their defense. He has them taking Dion Jordan, an outside linebacker and defensive end out of Oregon:

Dion Jordan's shoulder injury is the only thing keeping him out of the top five picks. He's a player that can dominate in a 3-4 defense. He's the best edge rusher in this draft and excels in coverage. Strength is the only area of concern for Jordan, but he knows it and insists it will be his main focus after rehab.

Jordan has been considered a defensive end by some, but for the Browns, he would surely be a 3-4 outside linebacker. He's one of the better pass rushers in this draft and can drop back to cover tight ends, which is a bonus for the Browns.

As noted, Jordan does have some concerns, but he continues to be counted as a top 10 pick in most mock drafts around the Internet. The Browns desperately need someone who can rush the passer and Jordan fits the bill.

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