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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
#bloggermock: Browns select Dee Milliner

By Jamison Hensley

So, the ESPN.com blogger mock draft didn't start out as I envisioned it. In fact, the worst-case scenario happened for the Cleveland Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars took my targeted player, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, at No. 3. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes of him getting out of the top five.

Then, the Miami Dolphins, who were a potential trading partner with the Browns, decided to jump up from No. 12 and take Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher at No. 3. The Oakland Raiders got an amazing "virtual" deal from the Dolphins, obtaining four picks (one in the first and second rounds and two in the third). After the Detroit Lions went with Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson at No. 5, I knew there was no chance of getting out of No. 6.

My big decision was taking either Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner or BYU defensive end-linebacker Ezekiel Ansah. The reason I went with Milliner is because cornerback is the bigger need and Ansah projects to be more of a 4-3 defensive end. Plus, there's more risk involved with Ansah, who is a freak athlete but still a raw football prospect.

I believe the Browns have Milliner as their top-rated cornerback in this draft and would be happy to see him land at No. 6. Cleveland needs a cornerback to pair with Joe Haden because the team didn't replace Sheldon Brown in free agency. If given a choice of pass-rushers, the Browns might even take LSU's Barkevious Mingo over Ansah. Mingo is considered more of a 3-4 outside linebacker and has a huge upside like Ansah.

Now, I'll prepare the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have the No. 17 pick.