Cleveland Browns: Top 5 cornerback targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns need serious help in the defensive secondary. With a deep cornerback class in 2018, there are plenty of options for John Dorsey and company. These are the top five. 

The Cleveland Browns defense is, quite honestly, an enigma of sorts. When looking at this defense, it seems like two totally different units.

Cleveland’s front seven and rushing defense was at least serviceable, if not “pretty good” when the unit was healthy. As the seventh-best run defense in the NFL, the Browns took pride in their defensive line and linebacker corps as it became the strength of the team.

The back end of the 2017 Browns defense, however, is absolutely abysmal. With the release of Joe Haden, safety Jabrill Peppers constantly playing out of position, and the lack of a true number one cornerback, the Browns limped to the 19th-ranked pass defense in the league.

The Browns’ secondary woes handed the Dawg Pound the second-worst overall defense in the NFL, as they gave up 25.6 points per game. The mess that is the current Browns secondary has made one thing abundantly clear — they need help, and fast.

Currently, the aging Jason McCourty is the top cornerback on the Browns roster, with one year left on his contract. Behind that is former Miami Dolphin Jamar Taylor, who had a down year in 2017. Finally, the Browns have a solid slot corner in Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Once again, they need help.

The 2018 NFL Draft has a few top options at cornerback, and a deep class overall. Should the Browns choose to draft a cornerback this April, these are their top five options.