Cleveland Browns 2013 NFL Draft Review
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
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1 (6) - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU; 3 (68) - Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State; 6 (175) - Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame; 7 (217) - Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central, OK; 7 (227) - Garrett Gilkey, OT, Chadron State
Top Picks Analysis: Mingo is a high-risk, high-reward edge pass rusher for the new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4, the classic boom-or-bust type who probably shouldn't have been in the conversation at No. 6 overall. McFadden is a small, quick-footed corner, best suited for the slot. He could also help in the return game.
Best Value Pick: Slaughter was playing well at Notre Dame last season until tearing his Achilles, an injury he is still rehabbing from. If healthy and that's a big if, Slaughter is the kind of versatile free safety who Horton can line up all over the field and be confident there will be no mental mistakes.
Questionable Calls: Taking Mingo so high will be questioned for years unless the former LSU star hits the ground running.
Summary: New general manger Mike Lombardi clearly wasn't thrilled with the talent in this draft and turned seven picks into five with an eye on 2014. The biggest surprise was the fact Cleveland didn't take a flyer on one of quarterback prospects late since no one in the new brain trust is all not enamored with Brandon Weeden. In the end, this draft all hinges on Mingo. It's pretty easy to understand Lombardi's philosophy with the pick. It's a pass- first league, and everyone needs an impactful presence off the edge. Mingo has the talent, it's now the Browns' job to make sure his motor doesn't run so hot and cold.
FINAL GRADE: C
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Eastern Kentucky OT Aaron Adams; Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin; Northern Illinois WR Perez Ashford; Stephan F Austin CB Josh Aubrey; Notre Dame C Braxston Cave; Youngstown State RB Jamaine Cooke; Central Arkansas WR Dominique Croom; UTEP WR Michael Edwards; Hawaii DE Paipai Falemalu; LSU OT Chris Faulk; Florida International OG Caylin Hauptmann; Eastern Michigan FB Garrett Hoskins; Utah DT Dave Kruger; Wisconsin-Platteville SS Ryan McWethy; Stephen F. Austin WR Cordell Roberson; Illinois DE Justin Staples; Kansas State TE Travis Tannahill; Delaware SS Ricky Tunstall; Temple OT Martin Wallace
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