Chat Rewind: Bigger draft need for Browns

April, 6, 2013
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It's no surprise that there's a lot of interest in what the Cleveland Browns will do at the No. 6 overall pick. Browns draft talk dominated this week's chat and included a question about the team's bigger need on defense. Here are the highlights from the AFC North chat ...

Darrell (Dallas Tx): Which need is bigger for the Browns with no second-round pick, free safety or cornerback? They need both.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Corner. At safety, they can plug in Tashaun Gipson or Eric Hagg. Having Buster Skrine at corner is a scary thought.

Carlos (Hobbs, NM): With all these vets getting released by the Ravens, are there any more players that you see the ravens cutting?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If the Ravens need more cap room, they will approach fullback Vonta Leach about taking a pay cut. He is due to make $3 million this year. It could lead to his release.

Bryant (Akron): I'm upset to see the Browns not bringing back Josh Cribbs or Phil Dawson. What do you think was the main reasoning behind the decisions especially Cribbs?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): New regime wants to get fresh start. Dawson and Cribbs have been the faces associated with Browns since their return to the NFL. Also, the Browns wanted to get a younger kicker and they have a replacement for Cribbs in Travis Benjamin.

Quammy (Cincinnati, OH): Given the current uncertainty at the Bengals safety position, courtesy of Taylor May looking like a chicken with his head cut off in coverage, what are the possibilities/interest the Bengals have in Charles Woodson? Seems like this free agency has been filled with bargains, and the Bengals love bargains.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Don't see this happening. I get the feeling the Bengals would turn to Chris Crocker again if they can't draft a starting safety.

Joe Routson (Monroe, OH): Is there any chance the Browns pick up a starting CB, ILB, or safety before the draft via free agency or trade?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): There is no corner out there right now. You want Quentin Jammer? I don't see the Browns making any more moves before the draft. If they don't address these spots, they can still go with Robertson at ILB and either Gipson or Hagg at safety.

Duron, Columbus [via mobile]: Thanks for all the work. I know it's probably getting old, but any update on the Bengals resigning Andre Smith? Thanks.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): When I talked this week to head coach Marvin Lewis, he sounded pretty optimistic that it would get done before the draft.

Jason (Santa Monica): The Steelers must see something in Alameda Ta'amu if they are still keeping him around. Any chance you see him starting at defensive tackle and Steve McLendon moving to Ziggy Hood's spot at DE? Ta'amu was considered a top-three DT in the draft last year

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): There is no chance that Ta'amu is a starter this year. He didn't even get on the field last year. The Steelers will start McLendon this year and have to determine whether they want to invest in him or go with Ta'amu in 2014.

James,nc [via mobile]: What's the thing about Eddie Lacy that make people say he is not a good first-round pick? I would love to see him in Steelers uniform.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Lacy lacks the speed that you want for a playmaking running back. He runs tough and has good balance. But Lacy isn't dynamic. He's sort of a poor man's Frank Gore.

Danny sc [via mobile]: Do you think the recent moves by the Bengals at the quarterback position were designed to send a message to Andy Dalton and that this is his make-or-break year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If either John Skelton or Josh Johnson is a threat to Dalton, the Bengals are in trouble. Big trouble.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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