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Cleveland Browns to host Tyrann Mathieu, Dee Milliner, Dion Jordan

The Cleveland Browns are set to host three high-profile prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft in former LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Oregon Ducks versatile pass rusher Dion Jordan, and top cornerback Dee Milliner from the Alabama Crimson Tide. This news comes to us from a source close to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns have the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and their two top needs are at cornerback and at pass rusher. Signing former Baltimore Ravens star Paul Kruger in free agency has mitigated the need for a pass rusher, but the Browns previously had such a huge need in that regard that adding a guy like Jordan could still help. However, the signing of Kruger has elevated the relative need of a cornerback, and most mock drafts have the Cleveland Browns selecting Dee Milliner.

So it’s a no-brainer to hear that the Browns will be working out Milliner, because he represents the best selection for this team. They need somebody to put next to former coveted draft pick Joe Haden at CB, and Milliner is the best CB in a class that has some solid players at the position in Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes, and Johnthan Banks.

They could also stand to add a cornerback later on in the draft and take a risk on the “Honey Badger”, but I think Tyrann Mathieu’s skill-set is limited to the slot. That’s not to say he is bad or anything, because slot corners are in high value these days- two cornerbacks no longer comprises a base set. Mathieu has the upside of a guy like Cortland Finnegan, and you have to think that the drug-related issues regarding Mathieu won’t be as much of a factor in the NFL. Or, at least, you would hope that isn’t the case.

Jordan is a prospect I have fallen in love with, and I remember the Ducks would even have him covering slot corners despite being a 4-3 DE at Oregon. However, Jordan is an ideal 3-4 OLB fit in the NFL, and that means he fits the Cleveland Browns scheme. Milliner is a better prospect than Jordan, so it’s more likely that we see the former Oregon standout get picked by the New York Jets later on in the top ten.

Cabot also notes that the Browns had a private workout with former UCLA Bruins star Datone Jones, and that Tyrann Mathieu is projected to be a third-round pick in this draft.

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Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide Cleveland Browns Dee Milliner Dion Jordan Football Lsu Tigers Oregon Ducks Tyrann Mathieu

  • Josh Carter

    Milliner wont be on the board past the Lions I don’t think. I like Jordan or Ansah going to Cleveland, maybe Jones. They can maybe snag Trufant or Banks in the early 2nd

    • Joe Soriano

      We’ll see if Trufant and Banks slip to the 2nd, and I think there is a better chance of that happening to Banks than Trufant. If Jones falls to the Browns past the top five, then you have to think they would think really hard about signing him. Ansah doesn’t seem like a wise pick for the Browns, because I’m not sold on him. He seems to raw, and Jordan is more developed with the same amount of potential and even better athleticism. But yeah, you are right about Milliner, he seems to make too much sense there for the Lions. But, then again, they could just snap up Fisher too.

      • Josh Carter

        Banks is my 3rd favorite CB (after Rhodes and Milliner), its easy for young guys to get a little faster, he’ll drop .2 off his 40 by next season. As of now I only have Rhodes and Milliner going 1st of the CBs but that can change

  • NAH

    I say they get a WR, somewhere. Randy Moss, Brandon Lloyd, Donald Driver? I actually think Weeden is good, I just wish they give him a Vet as well. I would go OT or best WR on the 6th pick if the Alabama dude is not around.

    • Joe Soriano

      Oh yeah, the Browns definitely need a wide receiver, and Brandon Lloyd is easily the best name on that list (even if Driver was still playing). The Browns need a guy who can consistently move the chains like Lloyd, and he did catch 74 passes last season. He didn’t fit the Pats offense and their new “go young” mentality (or so it seems), but he would definitely help the Browns out.