2013 NFL Draft: AFC North 2nd and 3rd Round Analysis and Grades

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Dec. 17, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Javone Lawson (4) makes a catch in front of San Diego State Aztecs defensive back Leon McFadden (2) in the second quarter of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

 

Cleveland Browns: 3rd Round.

The Cleveland Browns only had a 3rd round pick since their 1st overall pick, and they drafted Leon McFadden. Some people speculated that the Browns should have tried to get one of the better cornerback tandems in the NFL by drafting Dee Milliner, but they waited until the 3rd round to start a CB tandem. Leon McFadden is one of my sleeper picks, although he lacks size, he is still a very good corner. He would be a great slot corner, but I honestly think he could also serve well as a #2 CB. He has great instincts and can attack the ball, whether it be to intercept or break the pass up. He is a former receiver so he has a feel for routes, so he can do well in man coverage. McFadden could be a solid player for the Browns, but has the upside to become a very good corner in this league. Besides him only being 5-10, this is a good pick for the Browns, and even if he struggles as a #2, they can move him to nickel to match up against slot receivers.

Grade: B+

 

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