Browns draft: 6 players to watch at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine

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JL Skinner, Browns
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4. JL Skinner, S, Boise State

This past season, the Browns had a lot of issues on the back end of their defense. Both John Johnson III and Grant Delpit have had their share of criticism for the communication issues and they do both need to improve in 2023. However, not all of the issues were on them.

Johnson and Delpit are both better playing closer to the line of scrimmage, and that meant one of them was constantly out of position playing a deep safety role. Johnson is the better of the two in this area but it still doesn't put him in the best position to succeed.

With Jim Schwartz now in charge of the defense, there are hopes that each player can improve. While that could be the case, the Browns would also be wise to add someone capable of playing the centerfield role. One prospect in the upcoming draft who could do this for them is JL Skinner of Boise State.

Skinner played free safety earlier in his career with the Broncos but also moved to strong safety at times where his 6-foot-4, 218-pound frame was put to good use.

Even with that being the case, he has the tools to play in deep coverage — and is better in zone coverage than in man. This past season, he broke up six passes and had four interceptions, showing his ability to get after the ball.

If that's not enough, he was the primary communicator in Boise State's defense, which is another area Cleveland can use some help.

Skinner is another player to watch and could be a welcome addition to Cleveland's secondary.