Cleveland forfeited their 2013 second-round choice by selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in this offseason's supplemental draft.
The first pick will be cornerback Dee Milliner.
A stellar campaign landed the junior a unanimous vote to first-team All-SEC, and he will also get to showcase his talents in the upcoming BCS National Championship.
The Crimson Tide corner's statistics speak for themselves.
Tied at third in the country for passes defended with two interceptions and 16 breakups as well as four tackles for a loss make up an all-star year.
ESPN.com's Todd McShay commented, "(Milliner is) good enough to hold up in man coverage, and he is very good in zone...also strong in run support, and simply a good all-around player."
The pride of Millbrook, Ala., provides tight bump-and-run while not being afraid to be a ball hawk or come off his assignment to get involved in the action.
At 6'1", Milliner possesses the height, athleticism and ability to shed blocks that can match up against the NFL's best receivers.
Making smart decisions on the fly and looking comfortable in space are other appealing traits.
Milliner does show overaggressive tendencies, which result in some missed tackles. Good pro coaching and peer feedback should resolve this quickly.
The more opponents continuously try to carve up the field where standout CB Joe Haden is not, the more urgent of a need it is for Cleveland to improve that other outside spot.
The Browns secondary imploded during the five games this season in which Haden didn't dress. All ended in losses.
Sheldon Brown is still an asset, but clearly a step behind speedy WR threats. Buster Skrine draws penalties by the boatload in his opportunities to be a shut-down difference-maker.
All the more reason why Milliner's services are required as a day one starter.
The addition of Alabama's No. 27 would allow Brown to slide into a more comfortable free safety role and still contribute in a meaningful way.
Holding off on addressing the dire cornerback issue is not an option. The decision must be either to draft Milliner or attract a young, yet proven, free agent.