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Browns continue to revamp the defense

Posted Apr 26, 2013

The Browns added another defensive player when they selected cornerback Leon McFadden in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Friday evening.

The Cleveland Browns added their second defensive player in the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected former San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden with their third-round pick, No. 68 overall.

During his career at San Diego State, McFadden played as an outside cornerback, as well as in the slot against a team’s third wide receiver.

“Leon’s a four-year starter,” said Browns general manager Michael Lombardi. “He’s got good skills. He’s competitive, can make plays on the football. I think he’s got the attributes we’re looking for, certainly, at the position. I think he brought the dimensions that we wanted in terms of players that we wanted to bring into the organization.

“In the conference he plays in, the ball is being thrown constantly, so there’s a lot opportunity to evaluate him in terms of covering man-to-man. Then, he got to go to the Senior Bowl, which was also a great experience for him. When you look at players when they play at a certain level of competition and move up to a level, the Senior Bowl is a great test to see how they match up against other receivers, and I think Leon did a really good job at the game.”

In 2012, McFadden collected 61 tackles, 12 passes defended and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, en route to his third straight selection to the first-team All-Mountain West Conference team.

Originally a wide receiver at San Diego State, McFadden started six of 12 games during his freshman year. He finished with 26 tackles, one interception, and a sack and blocked two extra-point tries.

“At first, I was kind of bitter about it,” McFadden said of the position change. “When I went to school, I wanted to play receiver; I wanted to score touchdowns, but Coach Brady Hoke, at the time, gave me a three-day tryout at corner. Since I went there, I never looked back. I believe it was the best decision I could’ve made and I don’t regret it at all.

“I believe my ball skills are very good. I think I became a lot more aggressive in the last couple years of playing. My IQ for football, studying my opponent, is really big. The main thing I would like to work on is my press-man (coverage), polishing up some technique, and keeping my eye discipline.”

McFadden is a 5-foot-9, 193-pound cornerback, similar to fourth-year Browns defensive back Joe Haden. McFadden looks forward to competing opposite Haden in Cleveland’s secondary.

“Paying attention to my technique, playing my game and being competitive out there, that’s what it comes down to, how competitive you want to be in-between the lines and that’s something I’m looking forward to, the challenge, the different types of challenges,” McFadden said.

“Joe Haden is a great corner. I’ve seen some clips from when he was back at Florida. He’s a competitor along the same size. I think I can add to that, and as a DB, you want to win every battle. It will be a good addition.”

BIG TEN REPRESENTATION

There was only one player from a Big-Ten school selected in the first round, Travis Frederick from Wisconsin, but four players were chosen in the second round.

After Carolina selected Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short at No. 44, running back Le’Veon Bell (No. 48) and Ohio State defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins (No. 49) went back-to-back to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants, respectively. Running back Montee Ball from Wisconsin was selected by Denver with the No. 58 overall selection.

“RUN” ON BACKS

No running backs were selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but that changed quickly in the second round.

Five running backs came off the board in the second round, starting when the Cincinnati Bengals selected Giovani Benard from the University of North Carolina with the No. 37 overall pick. The pick the Bengals used was acquired from the Oakland Raiders in the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer two years ago.

Pittsburgh (Bell), Denver (Ball), Green Bay (Eddie Lacy/Alabama) and Seattle (Christine Michael/Texas A&M) also selected running backs in the second round.

BROWNS PICKS IN 2013 NFL DRAFT

1st Round

No. 6 overall-Barkevious Mingo (DE/LSU)

2nd Round

No selection; pick was exercised in second round of 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft

3rd Round

No. 6 (No. 68 overall)-Leon McFadden (CB/San Diego State)

TRACKING THE DRAFT

Second Round

33. Jacksonville-Johnathan Cyprien (S/Florida International)

34. Tennessee (from Kansas City through San Francisco)-Justin Hunter (WR/Tennessee)

35. Philadelphia-Zach Ertz (TE/Stanford)

36. Detroit-Darius Slay (CB/Mississippi State)

37. Cincinnati (from Oakland)-Giovani Bernard (RB/North Carolina)

38. San Diego (traded from Arizona)-Manti Te’o (LB/Notre Dame)

39. New York Jets-Geno Smith (QB/West Virginia)

40. San Francisco (traded from Tennessee)-Tank Carradine (DE/Florida State)

41. Buffalo-Robert Woods (WR/USC)

42. Oakland (traded from Miami)-Menelik Watson (OT/Florida State)

43. Tampa Bay-Johnathan Banks (CB/Mississippi State)

44. Carolina-Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)

45. Arizona (traded from San Diego)-Kevin Minter (LB/Louisiana State)

46. Buffalo (traded from St. Louis)-Kiko Alonso (LB/Oregon)

47. Dallas-Gavin Escobar (TE/San Diego State)

48. Pittsburgh-Le’Veon Bell (RB/Michigan State)

49. New York Giants-Johnathan Hankins (DT/Ohio State)

50. Chicago-Jon Bostic (LB/Florida)

51. Washington-David Amerson (CB/North Carolina State)

52. New England (traded from Minnesota)-Jamie Collins (LB/Southern Miss)

53. Cincinnati-Margus Hunt (DE/Southern Methodist)

54. Miami (from Indianapolis)-Jamar Taylor (CB/Boise State)

55. San Francisco (traded from Green Bay)-Vance McDonald (TE/Rice)

56. Baltimore (traded from Seattle)-Arthur Brown (LB/Kansas State)

57. Houston-D.J. Swearinger (S/South Carolina)

58. Denver-Montee Ball (RB/Wisconsin)

59. New England-Aaron Dobson (WR/Marshall)

60. Atlanta-Robert Alford (CB/Southeast Louisiana State)

61. Green Bay (traded from San Francisco)-Eddie Lacy (RB/Alabama)

62. Seattle (traded from Baltimore)-Christine Michael (RB/Texas A&M)

Third Round

63. Kansas City-Travis Kelce (TE/Cincinnati)

64. Jacksonville-Dwayne Gratz (CB/Connecticut)

65. Detroit-Larry Warford (OG/Kentucky)

66. Oakland-Sio Moore (LB/Connecticut)

67. Philadelphia-Bennie Logan (DT/Louisiana State)

68. Cleveland-Leon McFadden (CB/San Diego State)

69. Arizona-Tyrann Mathieu (CB/Louisiana State)

70. Tennessee-Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB/Connecticut)

71. St. Louis (traded from Buffalo)-T.J. McDonald (FS/USC)

72. New York Jets-Brian Winters (OG/Kent State)

73. Tampa Bay-Mike Glennon (QB/North Carolina State)

74. Dallas (from Carolina through San Francisco)-Terrance Williams (WR/Baylor)

75. New Orleans-Terron Armstead (OT/Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

76. San Diego-Keenan Allen (WR/California)

77. Miami-Dallas Thomas (OT/Tennessee)

78. Buffalo (from St. Louis)-Marquise Goodwin (WR/Texas)

79. Pittsburgh-Markus Wheaton (WR/Oregon State)

80. Dallas-J.J. Wilcox (S/Georgia Southern)

81. New York Giants-Damontre Moore (DE/Texas A&M)

82. New Orleans (from Chicago through Miami)-Johnathan Jenkins (DT/Georgia)

83. New England (traded from Minnesota)-Logan Ryan (CB/Rutgers)

84. Cincinnati-Shawn Williams (S/Georgia)

85. Washington-Jordan Reed (TE/Florida)

86. Indianapolis-Hugh Thornton (OG/Illinois)

87. Seattle-Jordan Hill (DT/Penn State)

88. San Francisco (from Green Bay)-Corey Lemonier (DE/Auburn)

89. Houston-Brennan Williams (OT/North Carolina)

90. Denver-Kayvon Webster (CB/South Florida)

91. New England-Duron Harmon (S/Rutgers)

92. St. Louis (from Atlanta)-Stedman Bailey (WR/West Virginia)

93. Miami (from San Francisco through Green Bay)-Will Davis (CB/Utah State)

94. Baltimore-Brandon Williams (DT/Missouri Southern)

95. Houston (compensatory selection)-Sam Montgomery (DE/Louisiana State)

96. Kansas City (compensatory selection)-Knile Davis (RB/Arkansas)

97. Tennessee (compensatory selection)-Zaviar Gooden (OLB/Missouri)

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