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Browns rookie review: CB Leon McFadden

CB Leon McFadden

Stats: 233 plays (21 percent of overall defensive plays), played in 16 games, had 10 tackles, no interceptions, one pass defensed.

2013 role: Began the season as the fourth cornerback, but moved to nickelback when Chris Owens was placed on injured reserve.

The good: McFadden gained tough experience as a rookie, as veteran quarterbacks identified where he was and threw at him -- over and over. Every corner goes through that; the ones that are strong-minded come through it and improve. Buster Skrine is a good example. He had all kinds of problems in his first season as a starter in 2012, but was praised constantly by then-coordinator Dick Jauron for his toughness. Skrine had a very solid season in 2013. McFadden could follow the same path.

The bad: McFadden was advertised as an undersized cornerback taken higher than he should have been in the third round. He played like an undersized corner taken higher than he should have been. It was a tough season. McFadden was victimized by a bad pass interference call in New England that helped the Patriots pull out a win and by veteran quarterbacks who recognized where the rookie was playing. He admitted he was targeted, and now he has to show he will be a better player because of the rough times.

Looking ahead: A second season shouldn't be make-or-break for a young player, but for McFadden it might be. He has to grow and he has to impress a new coaching staff. McFadden is a likable guy, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to a tough rookie season.