Will the Browns retain strong safety T.J. Ward?
This falls into the category of a need whose priority could dramatically climb if the Browns don’t retain T.J. Ward, who is due to enter free agency next month.
If Ward leaves the team, then the Browns might very well have to consider addressing safety as early as the third round, if not higher.
Ward had the best of his four NFL seasons in 2013, and earned recognition as a Pro Bowl alternate and an All-Pro selection. His play did plenty to help stabilize an area where the Browns had to rely on an unproven second-year player,
With the very real possibility that Ward departs the Browns, the team would then be looking at what shapes up as a reasonably solid draft for safeties.
Among the possibilities that could be available in the third or fourth rounds are Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois (he could be a late second-rounder), Deone Bucannon of Washington State, and Craig Loston of LSU.
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