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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Browns to continue to add to defense through draft?

Could the Cleveland Browns continue their offseason additions to the defense by taking cornerback Dee Milliner with their first-round pick?


The Cleveland Browns were much better than expected last season, but remain in a transition period. After heavily investing in the offense in last year's draft with a first-round running back and quarterback, the team is expected to make some changes on that side of the ball. Namely, they may be looking for a new quarterback to replace Brandon Weeden.

Whether or not they'll address that particular need in the first round of the draft is up for debate, however. The Browns have a defense that is one or two good players away from being a real force in the NFL, and making that an area of strength could be a priority in the draft as well.

Matthew Fairburn and Dan Kadar collaborated on the latest SB Nation mock draft on Monday, and they have the Browns doing just that, taking cornerback Dee Milliner of Alabama:

The Browns just spent big on the pass rush in free agency, freeing them up to address the secondary. Dee Milliner is the draft's best cornerback and could form a great tandem with Joe Haden.

It's true that the Browns loaded up on defense in free agency, and Milliner almost seems like overkill. That said, he's a fantastic player and Haden is already one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. It would be one of the best tandems in the NFL if Milliner were to work out. Judging by the SB Nation scouting report, it seems like he might.

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