In case you haven’t heard, the NFL is a passing league. Big surprise, right? Well, because of this, it is a top priority of every team to have an elite, shutdown corner. Fortunately, the Browns have just that in Joe Haden.
Since being selected seventh overall in 2010, Haden has continued to improve. He may not be at the same level as Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis, but Haden is knocking at the door.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report rated Joe Haden as the tenth best cornerback in the league, and everyone expects him to continue his ascension to the top next season.
So the Browns must be set at cornerback, right? Wrong. In the same list, Miller doesn’t have one other Browns cornerback rated in the top 100, and he isn’t the only evaluator who feels that way.
Last season, Buster Skrine was the lucky guy tasked with playing opposite of Hayden, and he left a lot to be desired. While he still has plenty of room to improve, Skrine is simply not destined to be a shutdown corner, and the Browns shouldn’t be counting him to be one either.
This year’s cornerback class is extraordinarily deep, and, with three picks in the first 35, the Browns have a great opportunity to fill the hole in their secondary.
Depending on how the draft falls, a multitude of cornerbacks could still be on the board when the Browns hit the clock at picks 26 and 35. Keep an eye on Kyle Fuller, Jason Verrett and Bradley Roby. Any of these guys could help give the Browns one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL.