The Browns entered the offseason believing that the secondary was the team’s biggest problem, and then aggressively addressed the issue.
Cornerback Joe Haden was selected No. 7 overall, safety T.J. Ward went at No. 38, and the Browns took another safety, Larry Asante, in the fifth round.
The kids may not hit the starting lineup right away though, even Haden. Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer believes Haden will work into the mix as the team’s third cornerback behind Eric Wright and trade acquisition Sheldon Brown.
At safety, veteran Michael Adams may play more than people expect, as the coaches remain concerned with Ward and Asante’s coverage skills. The two rookies waged a close battle for playing time in shorts and t-shirts.
The Browns defense closed strongly last year, and the unit likely will have to carry the team again. Big contributions from their young draft picks in the secondary would go a long way towards making that happen.