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Could Cleveland go back to the "defensive line well" with their top selection in April? At least one analyst thinks so.
The Cleveland Browns struggled again in 2012, but there were some bright spots. For one thing, Cleveland might have the most cap space in the NFL. For two, they will be picking in the top ten again. Whether or not the Browns actually take advantage of both of those things remains to be seen, but they'll have the opportunity.
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Cleveland also has some young talent that could potentially be the core of a playoff team, with cornerback Joe Haden, defensive end Jabaal Sheard, and running back Trent Richardson. Still, they are going to want to find another key piece to the team if they want to continue moving forward and they won't want to make a mistake (*cough* Brandon Weeden) again this year. So which player could it be?
Rob Rang of CBS Sports projects BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah to the Browns with the sixth overall pick in his latest mock draft:
As such, the team could be in the market for a dynamic pass rusher to fit new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. Ansah primarily lined up at defensive end at BYU but possesses unbelievable athleticism for his frame and was moved all over for the Cougars. In a class boasting several intriguing edge rushers, Ansah may possess the most upside and plays with the physicality required for success in the AFC North.
Ansah ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the combine and was a walk-on track team member for BYU as well. The athletic specimen is raw but could turn out to be the best pass-rusher in the draft. Only time will tell on that front, but we will know if he's actually going to Cleveland by the end of April.
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