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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Whom would Browns pick in trade-down scenario?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 11, 2013

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In our second mock draft, I had the Browns picking Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan sixth overall because Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner was off the board. On the other hand, Ryan Lewis remained convinced Milliner would be available at No. 6 and paired him with the Browns.

This time, I chose to explore the possibility of the Browns trading down while Ryan couldn’t find a reason to budge. The draft begins April 25, and we’ll do two more mocks between now and then.

In the meantime, here is our third version:

Nate Ulrich

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – West Virginia QB Geno Smith

3. Oakland Raiders – Brigham Young DE/OLB Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher

5. Detroit Lions – Alabama CB Dee Milliner

6. Miami Dolphins (from Browns) -- Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson

Comment: The Browns’ new regime would love to recoup the second-round pick former General Manager Tom Heckert exercised last summer by taking wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft. The Dolphins have two second-round choices (Nos. 42 and 54) this year and could deal one of them to move up and nab a left tackle to replace Jake Long.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan

8. Buffalo Bills – Alabama G Chance Warmack

9. New York Jets – Louisiana State OLB/DE Barkevious Mingo

10. Tennessee Titans – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

11. San Diego Chargers – North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper

12. Browns (from Dolphins) – Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

Comment: With Milliner unavailable to the Browns at No. 6, they could move down and still fill a dire need for a starting cornerback opposite Joe Haden. The truth is trading down would create several additional options for the Browns. But securing Rhodes, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prototypical press corner, would certainly be among the most logical.

Ryan Lewis

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan

3. Oakland Raiders – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

4. Philadelphia Eagles – West Virginia QB Geno Smith

5. Detroit Lions – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher

6. Browns – Alabama CB Dee Milliner

Comment: I hate that I've had Milliner to the Browns in all three of our mock drafts. Every week I look for a reason to put someone else in that slot, but every week this scenario just makes the most sense. There are more than six players that deserve to go in the top six, and Milliner stands as good a chance as any of being one of the guys pushed out of the top five, though it's from no fault of his own. He's the consensus best defensive back in this draft class and backed it up with a solid performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Eagles and Lions are still candidates to take Milliner off the board but each could easily fill other team needs. Both could use help along their defensive front seven or with a left tackle, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly might not be able to resist installing Smith into his offense.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson

8. Buffalo Bills – Southern California QB Matt Barkley

9. New York Jets – Louisiana State DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo

10. Tennessee Titans – Brigham Young DE/OLB Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah

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