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While the Browns defense is improved, another pass-rusher could take Ray Horton's unit to another level.
The Cleveland Browns continued to struggle in 2012, but a new coaching staff is hoping to breathe life into this often-breathless franchise. One of the most high-profile signings is new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was let go by the Arizona Cardinals after Ken Whisenhunt was fired as head coach. Horton helped turn the Cardinals into a top defensive unit and saw linebacker Daryl Washington record 108 solo tackles with nine sacks for Arizona, a phenomenal total for an inside linebacker.
Just think what he could do with another high-motor pass-rusher added to the Browns defense.
Cleveland is picking sixth overall in April's draft, and there's a few pass-rushers of varying interest available. Would the Browns be interested in taking LB/DE Damontre Moore out of Texas A&M? Josh Norris of Rotoworld sees it as a possibility in his latest mock draft:
With the Browns' front seven likely in place outside of a strong side rush linebacker behind a three man front, expect the team to address that need at this selection. Moore has experience at both rush linebacker and defensive end, the latter being in a four man front. He offers a relentless motor, but I would like to see Moore use his length and hands more frequently while planting outside and working back in.
Jabaal Sheard led the Browns in sacks last season with just seven. Moore is considered one of the top three pass-rushers available in the draft right now, along with Bjoern Werner and Barkevious Mingo. The 6'4, 250-pound Aggie had 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss in 2012. He would instantly upgrade the Browns defense and give Horton a player that could finally help turn around the franchise.