No. 1 CB: Joe Haden, Buster Skrine
No. 2 CB: Chris Owens, Leon McFadden, Trevin Wade
FS: Tashaun Gipson, Johnson Bademosi
SS: T.J. Ward, Jamoris Slaughter
Fan favorite Joe Haden is a no-brainer at No. 1 cornerback and should be poised to have a stellar season as he comes into the prime of his NFL playing career in his third year.
The No. 2 cornerback position is much hairier for the Browns, with a battle between FA pickup Chris Owens and Buster Skrine. Rookie third-round selection Leon McFadden will also make a push during training camp.
The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich has reported that Skrine and Owens have split time with the first unit during organized team activities and minicamp.
"When the Browns employ their nickel package, Skrine has covered the slot with Owens stationed on the outside," Urlich said, leading me to pencil Owens in as the No. 2 corner for now.
T.J. Ward should also be poised to take off in the new offense that has him all over the field.
For the free safety position, Tashaun Gipson and Johnson Bademosi are battling it out, to use a Pat Shurmur-ism.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot gives the odds to Gipson.
"Gipson has the early lead on the starting free safety job, and sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles) will be worked into the mix when he gets healthy," she wrote.
ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi thinks Bademosi can make a push.
"Bademosi’s physical traits and work and study habits are intriguing to the new coaches," Grossi wrote. "He is being given an opportunity to challenge Tashaun Gipson at free safety and could work his way into much more playing time on defense."