Cleveland Browns Biggest 2013 Team Need

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cleveland brownsThe Cleveland Browns have a few pressing needs to address this off-season. The quarterback situation is far from settled, so there’s one need.

The need for—at least—one more reliable set of hands is another desirable.

But the biggest team need has arguably got to be an edge rusher.

The Juqua Parker experiment didn’t work at all leaving Jabaal Sheard the only D-line rusher worth speaking of, and the linebacker situation is about to get worse for the Cleveland Browns.

Chris Gocong is a recovering $9.51 million dollar Achilles tendon patient with an uncertain future. Scott Fujita’s career (33) is in serious jeopardy after suffering several neck stingers in 2012, and the depth chart isn’t exactly what I would call reliable.

With everything considered, I believe the Cleveland Browns target an OLB with their first round pick, and that consideration could be LSU’s Barkevious Mingo.

A lean, wide-armed specimen, Mingo is the sort of player who is a cut above the average edge-rusher even as a linebacker.

From the snap Mingo combines his shear speed and raw power to blow through even the toughest and most inert defender en-route to the quarterback.

imagesCAYPJCFJMingo also offers a lot of variety and experience as a DE with plenty of experience playing in a three-man front, which is perfect now that the Browns are switching to a 3-4 alignment exclusively.

The Browns weren’t a terrible bunch on defense, but they were victims to a few deficiencies and the OLB/DE position is one of them.

Targeting this area first will do wonders for this defense.

From there I can easily see the Browns targeting another solid corner (Logan Ryan, Rutgers) followed by a WR (Kenny Stills, Oklahoma) then a QB candidate (Landry Jones, Oklahoma if available).

What do you think Cleveland? And I’m not asking in regard to my extremely hopeful 2nd, 3rd and 4th picks, but rather the Browns’ biggest need? Let me know in the comment section.

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NFC North 2013 team Needs:     
GREEN BAY PACKERS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
CHICAGO BEARS
DETROIT LIONS
NFC East 2013 Team Needs: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
DALLAS COWBOYS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
NEW YORK GIANTS
NFC South 2013 Team Needs: ATLANTA   FALCONS
NEW   ORLEANS SAINTS
CAROLINA   PANTHERS
TAMPA   BAY BUCCANEERS
NFC West 2013 Team Needs: ST. LOUIS RAMS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
ARIZONA CARDINALS
SAN   FRANCISCO 49ERS
AFC North 2013 Team Needs: BALTIMORE   RAVENS
CINCINATTI BENGALS
CLEVELAND BROWNS
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
AFC East 2013 Team Needs: NEW   ENGLAND PATRIOTS
NEW YORK JETS
MIAMI DOLPHINS
BUFFALO BILLS
AFC South 2013 Team Needs: INDIANAPOLIS   COLTS
HOUSTON TEXANS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
TENNESSEE TITANS
AFC West 2013 Team Needs: DENVER   BRONCOS
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
OAKLAND RAIDERS
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2 Comments

  1. Bill

    January 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I think you are missing the offense. We are by far needing a true #1 receiver. Need to go for Justin Hunter or Cordarrle Patterson.

    • Ray Tannock

      January 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      I think the last thing this team needs is another project receiver especially out of the first round they have enough already. Grant it, there is plenty of tempting talent to choose from, but I believe the Browns use some of that $48+ million dollars in available cap space and score a high profile WR through free agency.

      it makes more sense to grab a solid veteran for the team’s sake in an effort to bolster the receiver corps. and help the youngsters they already have rise to the next level.

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