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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Browns need help on defensive front

The Browns will be addressing their defensive front seven in the 2013 NFL Draft if a pair of post-Combine mock drafts are any indication.

Joe Robbins

The Cleveland Browns will be beefing up their defensive front if post-NFL combine mock drafts are any indication. Both Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports and Don Banks of Sports Illustrated slated the Browns to plug players into their front seven with the No. 6 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Farrar is very high on Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who ran a 4.9 40-yard dash in Indianapolis despite carrying over 300 pounds.

The Browns need help in other areas, but if the draft falls this way and Floyd is there at the sixth spot, they'd be crazy not to pull the trigger. Floyd is the best defensive player in this draft, and might wind up as the best player overall. He can play multiple positions and gaps, and reminds me of Richard Seymour when he's playing his best.

Floyd is already off the board by the time the Browns are on the clock in Banks' mock draft, so instead Cleveland turns to Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan:

The Browns whiffed on their pursuit of Oregon's Chip Kelly, but they can still land one of his favorite players, Ducks outside linebacker Dion Jordan, a freakishly gifted athlete and pass rusher who is drawing comparisons to 49ers outside linebacker/sack specialist Aldon Smith. Enough said.

Both Floyd and Jordan tested very well at the Combine, so it appears that the Browns can't go wrong. Either way, a unit that finished 23rd in total defense will be getting some much-needed help.

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