The Cleveland Browns have only made the playoffs once since 1994. They are hoping that new head coach Rob Chudzinski and new general manager Michael Lombardi will be able to find the right pieces in the NFL draft to put an end to that streak as soon as possible. That starts with the sixth pick next week and finding the right key to this puzzle.
But who will it be?
The Browns have several ways they could go in the draft, with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner being a popular choice, as well as several of the pass rushers that are sure to be available when Cleveland picks. Anyone from Ezekiel Ansah to Barkevious Mingo to Bjorn Werner could be a possibility. But perhaps the player with the highest ceiling will be Dion Jordan out of Oregon. Jordan has had an excellent offseason, showing athletic talent rarely seen from a player of his size.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports had the Browns selecting Jordan in his latest mock draft:
By inking former Baltimore Ravens' standout Paul Kruger to five-year, $40 million contract, the Browns gave new defensive coordinator an instinctive, physical piece with which to build his 3-4 defense around. Neither Kruger nor Quentin Groves (a vastly less expensive free agent addition), however, possess Jordan's length, versatility or upside, however.
With several additions around the defense through free agency, the Browns do have less of a need on that side of the ball. But do any of the offensive players projected around that area of the draft fill the needs that Cleveland has? They might just have to go with the best player available, and Jordan could certainly be that.