Nick Fairley, DE/DT, Auburn:
Fairley has jumped up draft boards due to his dominating play and Auburn's entrance onto the big stage this season. He's a powerful hitter who has been known to play overaggressive at times, possibly drawing a lot of penalties at the next level, such as Ndamukong Suh and James Harrison this season. Projected to go in the top 5, it's likely he is out of Cleveland's reach.
Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama:
Dareus is currently a top 10 pick as well, but has been consistently a tough defender his entire career at Alabama. Cleveland would have to trade up if they become interested in Dareus, who has drawn NFL comparisons to Ty Warren of the New England Patriots. Dareus may be most known to Cleveland fans as the lineman who took Colt McCoy out of the BCS Championship Game. You can bet Colt would much rather be with him, than against him.
Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State:
While early, Paea is projected to be a mid first-rounder, so he is really the first lineman in Cleveland's draft reach. A 311-pounder out of Oregon State, Paea brings freakish strength with him to the NFL, recently putting up 225 pounds 44 times in a video, the combine record being 51. With that strength comes a tenacious ability to cause turnovers, setting a school record with eight forced fumbles to date. With his size, strength, and turnover ability he seems like a natural target of Eric Mangini.
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa:
Clayborn has had a disappointing season by most accounts, not because it wasn't an impressive one, but because he was projected to dramatically improve on his 2009 feats. Scouts say Clayborn will be an outstanding prospect at the NFL level, but will draw concerns from NFL teams due to his off the field actions and questionable work ethic. At 280, it's likely he would be asked to put on weight in a 3-4 scheme, but given his talent he would be worth the late first round consideration.
Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California:
Cameron Jordan is an intriguing prospect as he is already a 3-4 end at California. If team scouts aren't paying close enough attention, his numbers will be overlooked due to the scheme they play. Jordan gets pressure on the passer routinely and is a tough run defender. Given the drafting of Alex Mack in 2009, it's obvious Cleveland sends scouts to California, and it shouldn't surprise anyone to see him in orange and brown in 2011.