NFL Draft 2012: 5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Should Take Morris Claiborne

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NFL Draft 2012: 5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Should Take Morris Claiborne
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Morris Claiborne will likely become a lockdown corner in the NFL

Time is a ticking for the Cleveland Browns. This once-proud franchise has fallen on hard times, as evidenced by its 9-23 record over the last two seasons. Since Cleveland re-entered the league in 1999, the Browns have had two winning seasons and made just one playoff appearance.

Fans are clamoring for the team to pick a playmaker for an offense that was one of the worst in the league. Some point to taking Justin Blackmon, a wide receiver out of Oklahoma State, or Trent Richardson, a running back out of Alabama.

But maybe, just maybe, the Browns should go defense.

That would mean most likely selecting cornerback Morris Claiborne out of LSU. Claiborne comes with some questions, the chief being what caused him to score a "4"on the Wonderlic at the NFL scouting combine. But he's highly touted and would make a nice tandem with Browns current cornerback Joe Haden.

Defense wins championships, or so the saying goes. Maybe the smart way for the Browns to go with their first pick is defense.

And here are five reasons why:

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