Looking at Browns’ draft priorities

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 27, 2013 – 12:02 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Melly – What do you think of the Browns taking Tavon Austin, wide receiver from West Virginia, with the No. 6 pick? He is a play-maker we need.

I don’t see it as a great possibility, Melly.

The most obvious reason is that wide receiver isn’t the Browns’ biggest need. I don’t even know if it would rank any higher than third or fourth on their needs list.

My sense is that a pass-rushing terror in the form of an outside linebacker/defensive end is the team’s top priority, followed by a cornerback.

My sense also is that outside linebacker/defensive end is one of the deeper positions in the draft, and that would, theoretically, give the Browns the best chance of getting a high-quality player at that spot with their first pick.

On the other hand, cornerback doesn’t seem to offer the same level of talent beyond Alabama’s Dee Milliner, who likely pushed his way into the top 10 (and perhaps higher) with the 4.31 and 4.37 40-yard dashes he ran Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Browns certainly could consider selecting Milliner at No. 6, with the idea that they might be able to get a strong pass-rusher later. But for now, their next pick wouldn’t come until the third round, and at that point, the elite pass-rushers in the draft are likely off the board.

I do think the Browns will look to draft a receiver somewhere along the line, but that would probably be well after Austin, who boosted his stock considerably by running a 4.25 40 at the Combine, has been selected.

John – Maybe the Browns should draft Chance Warmack, offensive guard from Alabama, if possible?

I share your enthusiasm over Warmack’s skills, John.

However, I don’t see much of a possibility that the Browns would draft him.

Offensive guard doesn’t look to me like a pressing enough need to prompt the Browns to choose Warmack in the first round, which is probably where he will be drafted.

Could that change if the Browns were able to swing a trade that would get them a second first-round choice? Possibly. But I don’t see it happening under their current circumstances.

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