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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Browns targeting defense in top-10?

The Cleveland Browns will likely own a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and it may make sense to take a defensive player with that premium pick.


Heading into Week 17, the Cleveland Browns are in a position to own the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. A five-win team will always have plenty of needs heading into the off-season, but the Browns are in a particularly interesting state of flux. Joe Banner was named the new CEO of the team several months ago, but general manager Tom Heckert was not replaced immediately upon Banner's arrival. Heckert's future with the team is murky, and it's also unclear whether the franchise will move forward with 29-year-old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.

In other words, the Browns could be looking to fill any number of positions this spring, and changes at the top of the franchise could alter how the team approaches the 2013 NFL Draft. Even so, NFL Mock Drafts are starting to pop up around the web and experts are trying to predict where the Browns will use their top pick in April. At CBS Sports, Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both believe the Browns will select a defensive player.

Rang predicts the Browns will target Texas A&M defensive end Demontre Moore due to his versatility, speed and ability to play OLB, while Brugler projects that cornerback Dee Milliner from Alamaba will be selected to form a lock-down tandem in the secondary with Joe Haden.

If you can't get enough of the NFL Draft, be sure to check out the top-100 NFL Draft Big Board at SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.

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