With draft prospects Eric Berry and Joe Haden visiting the Browns next month, it’s time to look at what the team currently has in its secondary.
Eric Wright, Mike Adams, Robaire Smith, Kenyon Coleman, Brandon McDonald, David Veikune, and C.J. Mosley were some of the names littering the Browns' secondary last season.
While all of these guys had playing time last year, doing a blanket review of last season doesn’t leave any opposing offensive coordinator or head coach quaking in their boots over anyone on that list.
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There were some highlights and good plays, but not with any kind of consistency to make any one of these players stand out. This can be argued until we’re all blue in the face, but most of these guys couldn’t start on most other NFL teams this year.
So the Browns need to draft some upgrades to their secondary, and Berry and Haden both represent that potential pick.
Berry is being compared to Ed Reed, who had 50 total tackles and three interceptions (one for a touchdown) in 12 games last year.
Haden, despite his poor 40-yard dash time at the Combine, has shown great speed in game film and ran faster at his Pro Day. He represents the kind of “shutdown corner” the Browns desperately need.
Any of these guys will represent an improvement for a secondary that frequently had players getting benched or burned last year.
The question right now is which, if any, of these players will be available with the seventh pick? Haden is the favorite to still be on the board, with Berry either going to the Chiefs or the Seahawks.
But it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Berry still will be on the board. Assuming both Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy have been picked by then, the Browns would be crazy to pass up Berry.
If Berry is gone and Haden is their guy, taking him with the seventh pick isn’t exactly a foregone conclusion. Haden may last a few more picks, and the Browns then would be in a good position to trade down.
Trading down also would end up giving them another second round pick, which then could be used to take a quarterback.
No matter how much one might try, everything in the Browns’ draft this year comes back to the quarterback.