Draft position needs: Linebacker

April, 30, 2014
Lost: D’Qwell Jackson.

Added: Karlos Dansby, FA from Arizona.

Extra points: Dansby is an impressive addition inside to replace Jackson, but another inside player is needed. Craig Robertson simply struggled too much not to try to bolster the position. Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger start outside, with Barkevious Mingo used in spots and Quentin Groves back from injury. The team could always use depth to provide numbers in the pass rush. If a guy like Khalil Mack is there when the Browns pick fourth, it could be a very interesting decision. Mack would give the Browns a glut of players at OLB, but if the team follows the “best player available” strategy, as it says it will, Mack could well be their choice.

Draft likelihood: Medium because of the need inside, though Mack could change things.

Then there's this ...

Last LB drafted by the Browns: Barkevious Mingo, sixth overall in 2013.

Last first-round LB drafted: Mingo.

Last LB taken fourth overall: Aaron Curry, by Seattle in 2009.

Last three LBs taken fourth: Curry, Peter Boulware (1997), Marvin Jones (1993).

Last LB taken 26th overall: Clay Matthews, by Green Bay in 2007.

Last three LBs taken 26th: Matthews, Ray Lewis (1996), George Cumby (1980).

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter



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