5 Players the Cleveland Browns Should Target on Day 3 of the NFL Draft

Andy McNamara@@AndyMc81Correspondent IIApril 27, 2013

5 Players the Cleveland Browns Should Target on Day 3 of the NFL Draft

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    Without a second-round pick in this year's NFL Draft the Day 3 targets for the Cleveland Browns become even more important.

    There are five players that the Browns' front office needs to keep an eye on and, if they are available, should snatch up in a hurry.

    The pass rush has been sufficiently addressed through free agency and the team's sixth overall pick, Barkevious Mingo.

    From the 68th pick CEO Joe Banner selected cornerback Leon McFadden out of San Diego State to help rebuild a depleted secondary.

    Plenty of holes remain on both sides of the ball and as the entry draft advances it becomes increasingly difficult to find those diamond in the rough type of college recruits.


    Let's breakdown rounds four-through-seven for the Dawg Pound.

Round 7 Target: 217th and 227th Overall

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    In the Davone Bess trade with Miami, the Browns acquired an additional seventh-round pick (217th overall).

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    Eric Herman (OG)

    Eric Herman caught the eye of personnel evaluators at the scouting combine when he bench pressed more than any other offensive lineman by slamming 225 pounds 36 times.

    The Ohio Bobcat offensive guard compensates for his short arms with large hands (nearly 11") and possesses obvious power.

    His knack for bowling over defenders to get to the next level earned him All-MAC second team honors for the second straight year in 2013.

    Herman was nicknamed "Iron Man" by teammates for starting in 51 consecutive games and being a mauler in the trenches.

    While posting a 5.25 second 40-yard time is not overly fast, he would slide in great next to fellow every-down men Joe Thomas, Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz.

    The 6'4", 320-pound OG does have some holes, but he shows all the signs of being a strong sleeper pickup that can be groomed into a solid contributor.

Round 6 Target: 178th Overall

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    Tommy Bohanon (FB)

    Tommy Bohanon's value soared following excellent performances at the Senior Bowl and scouting combine.

    The Browns have zero options at fullback since 2012 draft pick Brad Smelley seems relegated to the practice squad or trying his hand as an undersized tight end.

    Tight end Alex Smith subbed in last season, but is now a Cincinnati Bengal. Owen Marecic lost his starting job to Smith when Marecic consistently struggled to catch and block.

    Drafting Bohanon fills an immediate need and would be a smart sixth-round addition.

    However, Cleveland's running back moves in re-signing Chris Ogbonnaya and trading for Dion Lewis from Philadelphia suggests a possible lean toward a two-back system.

    The senior impressed at the combine by out-lifting all running backs in the bench press competition (36 reps of 225 pounds).

    That type of power provides the desired brute force at the FB position. The 6'1", 246-pound Demon Deacon becomes extra appealing since he blends that strength with speed.

    Hustling to a 40-yard time of 4.81 seconds at the combine is respectable and implies that he can clear lanes for Trent Richardson.

    The Wake Forest alum also showed flashes of offensive contribution in 2012 by making 23 receptions and scoring five touchdowns through the air.

Round 5 Target: 139th Overall, First Possibility

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    There are a pair of interesting fifth-round options for the Browns. This slide and the next cover off who would fit best if still available.


    Garrett Gilkey (OG)

    No free agent offensive guard signings means that the Browns must add further depth to the offensive line via the draft.

    Garrett Gilkey is a mighty 6'7", 320-pound offensive guard who would be a good pickup for Cleveland in the fifth round.
    Not being from a NCAA Division I school, the Chadron State Eagle flew under many team radars until his stellar performance during Senior Bowl week turned heads.
    The 23-year-old loves physical play and can redirect or shove aside defensive linemen at will.
    Bringing on an offensive guard that creates running lanes is essential for Cleveland's Trent Richardson in 2013. This Illinois native could be the answer.
    Selecting a grinder like Gilkey will help solidify an O-Line that has question marks at guard in the form of Jason Pinkston's health and Shawn Lauvao's knack for getting into penalty trouble.

Round 5 Target: 139th Overall, Second Possibility

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    Nick Kasa (TE)

    Nick Kasa is definitely a project having only converted from defensive end to tight end for one full season. However, the Browns have an edge when it comes to evaluating his potential.

    Cleveland's new TE coach, Jon Embree, was Kasa's head coach at the University of Colorado from 2011-12.

    An excellent run and pass-blocker, he can add the most impact in those situations while also contributing on special teams and developing his offensive touch.

    The Buffalo alum was able to use his hulking 6'6", 269-pound frame to create the desired mismatches over the middle and also hauled in three touchdown catches in 2012.

    Kasa's ceiling is high and he owns the tools to make the Cleveland personnel department look good by taking him as a hidden gem pick.

Round 4 Target: 111th Overall

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    In the trade with Miami for veteran wide receiver Davone Bess the Browns sent along their fourth and fifth-round selections. Cleveland also acquired the Dolphins fourth and seventh-round picks.


    Bacarri Rambo (S)

    Defensive coordinator Ray Horton wants an attacking defense? A nasty piece to the puzzle will be added if he pairs Bacarri Rambo with T.J. Ward in the secondary.

    Since the release of last year's starting free safety, Usama Young, the Browns are desperate for depth at the safety spot.

    Collecting 16 career interceptions, posting a speedy pre-combine 4.56 second 40-yard dash time is a ball hawk that loves to deliver crisp, crushing tackles.

    At 6'1" and 215 pounds, the senior has excellent reaction time, knows how to be physical without drawing flags and can break down plays quickly.

    A captain on defense, the Georgia Bulldog is a leader that is athletic enough to shift over and play either of the safety roles.

    Rambo's troubles come off the field where he was suspended by the team once in his junior season and again in 2012 because of failed drug tests due to the apparent "inadvertent ingestion of marijuana."

    If Cleveland's decision-makers feel confident that these issues will not carry over to the NFL, then he is an immediate upgrade over any other contending player on the current roster.


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