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In the first rollout of my 2011 mock draft, I chose DE Da'Quan Bowers in the first round. Readers hated the pick because of questions surrounding Bowers' injury status, and sure enough, the news on Bowers' knee gets worse by the day. Obviously, an adjustment to my mock was in order for this round.
The reason I chose Bowers in the first place was because I felt strongly that the Browns needed to prioritize the DE position early in the draft. I still feel that way, but given the way the draft appears to be shaping up, the sixth overall slot in the draft may not be a good place to take a DE. Marcell Dareus will surely be gone by this point, and it's too early to take Robert Quinn.
I still think the best scenario for the Browns in round one is to trade down, but I also still think that's unlikely. If it were to happen, I could see the Browns trading down for Quinn.
But assuming it won't, I think the no. 6 pick is best spent on the best player on the board, and that will probably be CB Patrick Peterson.
CB is not a position where the Browns needs are strongest, but I feel that taking the best player on the board is never a bad move, even if it ultimately isn't the ideal one. To me, this is the safest pick for the Browns in the first round; a way to come as close as possible to guaranteeing the first round pick won't be a bust, and to minimize the risk that would result from taking a player who should not be drafted that high just because he fits the Browns most pressing needs, at DE or anywhere else.
Peterson is a shutdown corner who would be an outstanding complement to Joe Haden and yet another huge boost to an already formidable secondary. While he doesn't fill any of the team's most desperate needs, he would definitely be a top-notch contributor to the Cleveland defense with immediate impact.