Posted: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By David Fucillo
The 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft continues to roll along. We are up to pick No. 6, held by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns draft duties are being handled by BrettAbdullahKolakowski (that's quite the user name!). Since the Browns only have one pick, BrettAbdullahKolakowski is also covering the Colts later this round.
With the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.
Explanation: The Browns struggled last year and I really could have gone in a number of directions here. Their offense desperately needs a play-making WR (Cordarrelle Patterson) and it doesn't appear they have found the quarterback of the future yet. The only real possibility at 1.6 would have been Geno Smith, but he has been drafted. They addressed their immediate LB need in free agency (Kruger), but still need a pass rusher (Ezekiel Ansah, Jarvis Jones). Ultimately I choose Milliner who is a consensus top 5 talent. He will complement CB Joe Haden in what is becoming a good secondary. The offenses in the AFC North seem to have transitioned from run first to pass first and Milliner will provide the necessary depth at CB.
On a side note, the Browns only have six draft picks in this years draft (1.6, 3.6, 4.7, 5.6, 6.5, 6.7). It seems like they may be willing to trade their 2014 first or second for some additional picks this year -- hmmmm.
Trevor Woods: Milliner would provide a good book end opposite Joe Haden at cornerback. The Browns could have favored a pass rusher here, but I like the choice of Milliner more. He played for National Championship teams at Alabama, knows what winning is all about and I would be shocked if he were to become a bust. Brett makes a good point about the AFC North; They have become more pass happy, so getting the best corner in the draft would be a smart decision.
Nick Chiamardas: Should the Browns land Milliner here it will make for one of the most formidable cornerback duo's in the game. With Joe Haden on one side and Milliner on the other the Browns' defense would take a giant leap in the right direction. There are certainly some offensive players that make sense as well, and the Browns are in need of some play-makers. If they stay at six, however, the value in Milliner is unbeatable.