Thursday, April 25, 2013
Six potential targets for Browns at No. 6
By Jamison Hensley
BEREA, Ohio -- For the second straight year, I will be at the Cleveland Browns headquarters for the NFL draft. There has been a lot of drama surrounding what the Browns will do at the No. 6 overall pick.
Will they trade up to take quarterback Geno Smith? Will they trade down with a team looking to move up for an offensive tackle? Could a pass-rusher like Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah fall out of the top five? Or do the Browns take the best cornerback in the draft in Dee Milliner?
Here are the six popular picks for the Browns at No. 6:
Ezekiel Ansah, BYU outside linebacker: Gifted athlete who has potentially high ceiling. His inexperience and lack of durability are concerns.
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame tight end: One of the fastest risers in this year's draft. The Browns have been connected to him because both coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner love to use the tight end.
Dion Jordan, Oregon outside linebacker: Has been compared to Jason Taylor. Shoulder surgery in February could sideline him for the start of training camp.
Dee Milliner, Alabama cornerback: Doesn't have any noticeable weakness in terms of coverage and run support. But he isn't considered a playmaker.
Barkevious Mingo, LSU outside linebacker: Explosive athlete who plays with power. Like Ansah, he's an unpolished player.
Geno Smith, West Virginia quarterback: Accurate passer with an NFL arm. There are concerns with his small hands and history of fumbling.
If those six weren't enough, there has been speculation that the Browns could take West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, Alabama guard Chance Warmack and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper. Did I leave anyone out?