Browns Draft: My Current Rankings for Pick #12

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Another player that is not likely to be at 12 but, based on his small frame and the talent level in this draft, could fall. The Browns tried to sign Trent Cole to fill their pass rushing needs and have not found anyone to replace Jabaal Sheard in their OLB rotation. Gregory could clearly do that.

Gregory is considered one of the best pass rushers in this year’s draft. His size will give some concern but with Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo, Mike Pettine can deploy him in ways that doesn’t cause as many issues. If he can get 8 to 10 sacks in his rookie year it will be well worth it for the Browns.

While most don’t see pass rusher as the team’s biggest needs, Pettine’s defense is based on solid secondary play and the ability to get pressure with as few rushers as possible. Gregory will have to get bigger to play in the AFC North but will get by for a year as purely a pass rusher. There may be some pass rushers available at 19, including possibly Shane Ray, where we could see this need being met. Shaq Thompson, a player who can play inside, outside and safety, also seems like a Pettine kind of player.

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