Cleveland Browns 2013 Draft Preview


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Updated: 4/16/2013 9:06 am Published: 4/16/2013 9:06 am


(Sports Network) - Cleveland's new management team of team president Joe Banner, general manager Mike Lombardi and head coach Rob Chudzinski has rebooted things in the Forest City.

Rumors say the new regime isn't all that enamored with quarterback Brandon Weeden, one of the team's first round picks from a year ago, so the Browns, who hold the sixth overall pick in the first round, could be in a real wild card in the process.

Norv Turner was hired to take over Cleveland's offense and figures to build around running back Trent Richardson. Defensively Ray Horton was brought in and will likely move to a 3-4 look with ex-Baltimore edge rusher Paul Kruger as the big offseason move.

Just about everything is on the table for Cleveland. The Browns could be in on West Virginal quarterback Geno Smith or they could go the more traditional route and select Alabama corner Dee Milliner to team with Joe Haden. A real threat at tight end as well as depth at linebacker and defensive end is also needed.

There is also the very real possibility Cleveland trades down and both linebacker Jabaal Sheard or defensive line Ahtyba Rubin could be moved to facilitate things.

2012 Record: 5-11

Top Needs: CB, TE, DE, LB

First Three Picks: No. 6, No. 68, No. 104

Number of Selections: 7 (1, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama), Brandon Weeden (QB, Oklahoma State); 2011 - Phil Taylor (DT, Baylor); 2010 - Joe Haden (CB, Florida); 2009 - Alex Mack (C, California); 2008 - none; 2007 - Joe Thomas (OT, Wisconsin), Brady Quinn (QB, Notre Dame); 2006 - Kamerion Wimbley (LB, Florida State); 2005 - Braylon Edwards (WR, Michigan); 2004 - Kellen Winslow (TE, Miami-Florida); 2003 - Jeff Faine (C, Notre Dame).


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