Re: 2013 NFL Draft Discussion
Browns with an all defensive draft aside from the 7th round (guard).
Barkevious Mingo - OLB
Leon McFadden - CB
Jamoris Slaughter - S
Armonty Bryant - DE
Pair those picks with the acquisitions of Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, this defense is going to look completely different. Ray Horton will be transitioning to the 3-4, let's take a look at what the depth chart may look like...
DE - Ahtyba Rubin / Billy Winn
NT - Phil Taylor / Ishmaaily Kitchen
DE - John Hughes / Desmond Bryant
OLB - Paul Kruger / Quentin Groves
ILB - D'Qwell Jackson / LJ Fort
ILB - Craig Robertson / Tank Carder
OLB - Barkevious Mingo / Jabaal Sheard
CB - Joe Haden / Johnson Bademosi
SS - TJ Ward / Jamoris Slaughter
FS - Eric Hagg / Gipson(?)
CB - Leon McFadden / Buster Skrine
All of a sudden, that is a pretty deep defense with pass-rushers to spare. I highlighted that OLB spot, because it will be very interesting to see what happens. It is possible Sheard could be used as more of a defensive end in a lot of packages.
But, suddenly, that Kruger, Sheard, Mingo, Groves foursome will give Horton a lot of flexibility.
I think they may need McFadden to start opposite Haden right out of the gates. I like Skrine as a nickel guy, but I don't think he has the goods to be on the field for a majority of snaps.
There is still a bit of a question mark behind TJ Ward and I'm not exactly sure where Trevin Wade fits into all of this.
Very interest, though... And I think this defense has a lot of potential.