NFL Rumor Chatter: Cleveland Browns CB Sheldon Brown May Move To Safety

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 13, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California. California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Ever since the trade was made a few weeks back that brought both cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Cleveland Browns from the Philadelphia Eagles, many have said that the Browns do not need to look at Florida cornerback Joe Haden as their No. 7 pick in the first round anymore.

I have read through many online sites, and rumors are starting to spread that Brown may not be a lock as a starting cornerback, as many first thought.

Brown is a very good cover corner, with a good nose for the ball. If you haven't seen his hit on either running back Reggie Bush or Steven Jackson, then go YouTube when you're done reading this and watch.

He may be 31, but Brown still has plenty of play left in him. Otherwise, the Browns would not have been so bold as to pursue him via a trade.

The recent rumors say that because of Brown's age and hard-hitting style of play, he may move positions and become the new free safety Cleveland lacks in their secondary.

This may have some truth to it, but it could also just simply be a rumor.

If you think about this from the perspective of draft availability when the Browns pick at No. 7, then this could be true.

In the scenario that Tennessee safety Eric Berry is not on the board, then the Browns may go back to picking Haden and move Brown to free safety.

If Berry is still on the draft board and has not been taken by another team, then Brown stays as a starting cornerback opposite starter Eric Wright.

Either way sounds like a win-win, but only if Brown can really play at the safety position and play effectively.

Brown is 5'10" and 200 pounds, which is on the smaller end of being an NFL safety. He is almost the same size as Steelers safety Troy Polamalu—though that's really comparing apples and oranges.

With the way the Browns are thinking nowadays, do not rule out one of these possible options, because if there is one thing that is hard to predict, it is what goes on in the war rooms and front offices of teams come draft day.