Cleveland Browns 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7-Round Draft
In this scenario, the Browns trade their first-round pick (No. 6 overall) to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections.
This trade is nearly ideal, too, for both teams, according to the NFL draft-pick value chart (h/t ESPN). Cleveland's pick is valued at 1600 while the combined first and second round picks from Miami are valued at 1680.
Even after this trade, new Browns GM Michael Lombardi will have just seven picks to work with. He needs to make each pick count as this new regime attempts to finally turn things around in Cleveland.
Who will the Browns select with their new picks? You'll have to read on to find out.
Round 6, Pick No. 175
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The Pick: Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
Beloved kicker Phil Dawson, the last remaining member of the inaugural 1999 Cleveland Browns, departed for greener pastures for his last chance at a Super Bowl title.
That leaves a gaping hole on the Browns' roster, one that they must fill in some fashion before opening day. Sure, without a seventh-round pick, they could wait until after the draft to address the position. However, finding a solid place kicker who has the leg to kick on the windy shores of Lake Erie is essential.
Former Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis has that leg and should be the pick here.
Round 6, Pick No. 173
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The Pick: Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA
Former UCLA offensive lineman Jeff Baca has what the Cleveland Browns need to complete their offensive line. He's mean, big, versatile and blocks with attitude.
He split time in college at guard and tackle, but totaled 45 starts between the two positions.
Cleveland has some uncertainty at the offensive guard position, although it did draft Ryan Miller in the fifth round of last season's draft.
Baca is what he is, a late-round reserve lineman with some pretty high upside. Opportunity for him to shine will certainly be there for him in Cleveland. We'll see how he handles it.
Round 5, Pick No. 139
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The Pick: Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia
While the Cleveland Browns may have already upgraded their defense significantly, they need to add depth at outside linebacker. That's where former Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Cornelius Washington comes in to play.
Washington played as a down-lineman in the Bulldogs' three-man defensive line. Jarvis Jones reaped the benefits of his hard work in the trenches, stealing the show as an edge-rushing outside linebacker.
After Washington's combine performance, though, it is becoming increasingly clear that he might have been better served in Jones' role.
The 6'4", 265-pound potential pass-rusher put up 36 bench repetitions, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, leaped 39 inches in the vertical leap and recorded a 10'8" broad jump distance.
Cleveland could definitely find a place for him in its rotations and could do a lot worse with its fifth-round pick.
Round 4, Pick No. 104
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The Pick: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
Regardless of your opinion of D'Qwell Jackson, the Cleveland Browns are going to need another high-motor linebacker to add to its linebacker corps. There are some young and talented players currently on the depth chart, but former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso may be an instant upgrade and a steal in the fourth round.
Alonso is quick, instinctive and flexible, making him an ideal candidate to start alongside Jackson in Cleveland's new 3-4 defense.
The old regime, who fielded two undrafted free agents and fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson last season, is gone. Alonso is the best option at this point in the draft.
Picking him here, after taking Xavier Rhodes in the first round and Bacarri Rambo in the third, would effectively "finish" the team's defense.
Round 3, Pick No. 68
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The Pick: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Bacarri Rambo is known as a physical presence in the deep secondary. He is big, strong and fast, and isn't afraid to use that to lay into opponents.
But, that isn't all he's good for. Rambo recorded 16 interceptions, too, during his career at Georgia. That gave him him a share of the record for most in school history.
Cleveland currently has some promising youth in Johnson Bademosi and Tashaun Gipson, but Rambo could be the ball-hawking safety the team has been missing next to T.J. Ward. Picking him here, after taking Rhodes in the first round, would nearly "finish" the teams' defense.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller compared Rambo to Kerry Rhodes. Rambo's hard-hitting style is exactly the type of thing new defensive coordinator Ray Horton wants from his safeties.
Coupling Ward with Rambo gives the Browns flexibility and a very dangerous tandem in their defensive backfield.
Round 2, Pick No. 42 (From MIA)
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The Pick: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Cleveland Browns have found success drafting wide receivers in the second round of the NFL draft. Why stop now? It may be a different regime, but if Justin Hunter is on the board here, it would be extremely hard to pass up calling his name at the podium.
Hunter is the prototype wide receiver teams look for when trying to find that elusive No. 1 receiver. He's big (6'4", 196 lbs), fast (4.36 40-yard dash) and athletic enough (40.5" vertical leap and 11'6" broad jump at Tennessee's Pro Day) to leap above coverage to make the tough catches.
There is some risk here, though, as Hunter tore his ACL in 2011 during his sophomore season. He recovered and posted over 1,000 yards receiving with nine scores in his junior season.
Adding Hunter here would complete a wide receiver corps that is on the rise. Whoever ends up playing QB for the Browns would have to love this move, which would give him three legitimate targets in Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Hunter.
Round 1, Pick No. 12 (From MIA)
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The Pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Trading down and still being able to land a top-tier cornerback is a win for the Cleveland Browns. Of course, the pending signing of free agent CB Brent Grimes might certainly alter the team's draft priorities.
In this case, Grimes picks elsewhere and the Browns are forced to look at the position with their first-round selection.
Rhodes is athletic and has significant starting experience as a cornerback for the Florida State Seminoles. He measures in at 6'2" and 210 pounds, giving him the ideal physical make up of a big-play cover corner.
We mentioned he was athletic, which was a pretty big understatement. Rhodes is a freak athlete that posted a 4.43 second 40-yard dash time at the combine. Along with that, he leaped 40.5 inches in the vertical jump, demonstrating his ability to go up and battle with anyone for jump balls.
Rhodes doesn't shy away from contact, either. He's a willing tackler that will provide the Browns with tremendous flexibility in scheme. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to attack the passer and will be able to do so with Rhodes and Joe Haden locking down the outside.