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Cornerback from Alabama- Dee Milliner
The Cleveland Browns' reliance on Joe Haden is an issue that cannot be ignored.
As witnessed in Cleveland's overtime loss to Dallas on Nov. 18, and in the four games earlier this season when Haden was suspended, there is a significant drop off in cornerback performance when No. 23 is out of the lineup.
Possessing an elite corner is great. Having the secondary collapse when he is out, is not.
The aging Sheldon Brown shows flashes, but he is ultimately a step behind the NFL's top receivers.
Next man up Buster Skrine is consistently overmatched when playing on the outside, and Dimitri Patterson never seems to be healthy.
Addressing the outside CB spot opposite Haden must be the Browns' No. 1 priority.
BEST DRAFT PICK- Dee Milliner
Following a strong performance in the Crimson Tide's SEC championship victory, Dee Milliner's stock went up once again.
Rated as the best corner in the draft by CBS Sports, Milliner instantly would give Cleveland its answer for a second end corner.
The accolades don't stop there. He was unanimously voted as First Team All-Southeastern Conference and is now in the discussion to go in the first 14 of the NFL draft.
This Alabama standout set a career high and was ranked third nationally with 16 pass breakups to go along with 51 tackles and two interceptions this season.
At 6'1" Milliner possesses the necessary athleticism and size to hang with the league's best wide receivers.
BEST FREE AGENT- Sam Shields
Playing in the cold would be nothing new for Sam Shields, who has spent his first three NFL campaigns in Green Bay.
Although he is only 25, the Packers have been pleased with rookie Casey Hayward's performance and could feasibly let Shields walk.
Only dressing for seven games thus far in 2012 is disappointing for the Sarasota, Fla., native as he was coming off of a career year.
A combined 45 tackles and four interceptions in his last pair of seasons are impressive statistics that would look good on the other side of the field from Browns cornerback Joe Haden.
Shield's expiring rookie contract was a bargain at 3 years and $1.2225 million. He would naturally be in line for a raise, but with Cleveland's salary cap flexibility, that would not be a problem.
The youth, proven ability, and being in a winning Green Bay environment all add up to a smart buy if Dee Milliner is not chosen in the entry draft's opening round.