Browns add a cornerback, select Leon McFadden in Round Three

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The Browns, lacking a slam-dunk starter opposite of Joe Haden at cornerback, added a young corner to the roster in Round Three, drafting San Diego State’s Leon McFadden with the No. 68 pick.

McFadden (5-10, 193) joins Buster Skrine, Chris Owens, Trevin Wade, Johnson Bademosi, Prince Miller and Kevin Barnes as contenders for the other starting CB spot. Sheldon Brown, the starter opposite Haden in 2012, is an unrestricted free agent.

The Browns have focused significant efforts on their defensive front seven this offseason, signing DL Desmond Bryant and OLB Paul Kruger and spending the No. 6 overall pick on LSU edge rusher Barkevious Mingo. In the secondary, the Browns have added Owens and now McDonald, who intercepted eight passes in four seasons with the Aztecs and earned a Senior Bowl invite.

With Haden a Pro Bowl-caliber talent, teams are sure to test the Browns’ other cornerbacks. Training-camp practices and preseason games could be quite important in sorting out the depth chart.

14 responses to “Browns add a cornerback, select Leon McFadden in Round Three

  1. Thank you for not drafting that clown with the funny nickname! That was the most brutal interview I ever watched hearing him try to string together sentences. Good luck learning the playbook!

  2. Someone tell lombardi we already have buster skrine. Geez pour worse nightmares are copinage true. Unbelieveable.

  3. Everyone wants to judge this guy purely on his size. He might be small but he is fast and plays the ball really well. The Browns can expect some picks when he’s covering. He excels in zone coverage but struggles with tackling at times, has a tendency to not wrap up. Comparable to Brent Grimes.

  4. I immediately thought he was about to say “Sandcastle” when they started saying “Leon”…I was disappointed that was not the case.

  5. This is a typical Lombardturd pick-short, slow and contact shy! But what do you expect from an ex-sportwriter that wears a red & white checked sportscoat and has a cane to match!

  6. Everyone wants to judge this guy purely on his size. He might be small but he is fast and plays the ball really well. The Browns can expect some picks when he’s covering. He excels in zone coverage but struggles with tackling at times, has a tendency to not wrap up. Comparable to Brent Grimes.
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    Thanks for paraphrasing the NFL.com analysis for us instead of adding your own opinion. Mcfadden could be a good player…we’re going to find out soon enough.

  7. COSELL on McFadden: “I think he’s a terrific player. He’s got everything you desire in a corner in terms of movement. Really good backpedal. I could argue his backpedal is one of the best in the draft. Very loose hips with the ability to plant and drive, but he’s 5-9. Is he a slot player? He probably is.”

  8. For people who claim to be the best fans in the league, some of you guys are completely football stupid! Get educated on the style of defense, the pick, the player, the board, etc.

    McFadden (not McDonald fyi) is small. Slow? I’m not sure what country 4.5 is slow in, but ok.
    Leon has smooth hips, a good backpedal, transitions well from backpedal to drive, has good closing speed, does well in getting his head turned, & plays the ball well, very good hands, does well covering backs in space, & not afraid to hit someone.

    Doesn’t ham well, def is small, doesn’t always rap up.

    Stylistically like Brent Grimes.
    PS…. Joe Haden ran a 4.57 40 yd dash. Skrine ran a 4.30. I assume Skrine is better?

    Also, I’m a Browns fan, love the pick. Next, I am hoping we p/u another 4th & mortgage next years 4th, a 6th, & a 7th.

    4th a)FS Phillip Thomas, Fresno State or Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
    4th b)QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee or Matt Scott, Arizona
    5th a)RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
    5th b)RG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

  9. Don’t love this pick but don’t hate it. Was hoping for more size as Haden is a short corner and has struggled against bigger WRs (Green in particular).

  10. mattyc says:Apr 26, 2013 10:40 PM

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    5th a)RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

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    You must be a Browns fan as you know the secret to being a Browns running back involves at least having one knee operation: Lewis, Richardson, Green, Hardesty… i just know this because I cheer for them too.

  11. Hey, Wilkening. It was a pleasure to read a strait forward, objective article concerning the Browns.

    Hope to see more of your stuff on this site.

  12. I didn’t like this pick ‘immediately’, b/c I wanted the Browns to take a CB who can do everything really well…sad truth is, in the 3rd round, it’s hard to find that. In watching his vids prior to the draft, McFadden didn’t seem to play great man coverage, including press. He is a smart player tho, great phsyical skills & plays the zone really well. I think he will do well in the new defensive scheme b/c with a very aggressive front, there should be some gimmie INTs if a player is smart & in zone coverage.

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