6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Browns have just two winning seasons (2002 and 2007) since returning to the NFL in 1999. In fact, the last 224 games played by the franchise have produced just 73 wins. Then factor in this — in the team’s 63 seasons, it has made 24 playoff appearances and posted an 11-20 mark in those. Not a great track record despite four NFL Championships in 1950, ’54, ’55 and ’64. There is hope, however. The last few drafts have given Cleveland an infusion of talent it has lacked for most of the last 14 years. And since the team addressed offense last year, I think it will look to add more to the defense this time around. That leads me to Dee Milliner, who could team with Joe Haden to create the best cover duo in the NFL.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Cardinals can not win if they continue to allow a sack every 11.7 drop backs as they did last season. That stat spells trouble on the O-Line and Johnson could be a quick fix to many of those ills.
8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Bills’ offensive line is about as good as it gets except for the loss of guard Andy Levitre to free agency. Filling this hole has to be a priority. First off, the team may be looking to oft-injured quarterback Kevin Kolb to run the offense. A gaping hole in the line is certainly not going to help keep the QB healthy for a 16-game season. There is also the running game to think about, especially since Buffalo may be relying on it even more this season. The power of Fred Jackson and speed of C.J. Spiller will mean very little if the defense is camped out in the backfield.
9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Jets’ defense went downhill last year because there was no pressure on the opposing QB. After two solid seasons in the SEC, Jones should immediately help the pass rush.