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It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns need to upgrade their secondary, especially the safety spots. Budda Baker is a safety who has the versatility that would fill a crucial need in this NFL Draft.

The Cleveland Browns need help all over the defense. Of all the needs on defense, the safety positions could use the most help. Not only does the position lack a true starter, it also lacks depth. Budda Baker is a playmaker that can come in and provide an immediate spark.

The Browns ended last season with converted corner Tramon Williams and Ed Reynolds starting at safety for the season finale against the Steelers. Williams is no longer with the team and Reynolds is a solid backup at best.

Cleveland drafted Derrick Kindred in the fourth round of last season’s draft, however, he succumbed to injury. While he showed promise he is still an unknown quantity. The coaching staff is high on him and he will get an opportunity this season. The hope is that he will be a quality player.

Tyvis Powell was signed in the offseason and while he was an undrafted free agent he does have some upside. At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, he has the size for the strong safety position. With the right coaching, he could be a decent player. He did not see much game time with Seattle, therefore he is another unknown going into this season.

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) runs the ball while guarded by Clemson Tigers safety Jadar Johnson (18) during the fourth quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports 

The tight end position is absolutely critical for the Cleveland Browns to fill before 2017. Is the solution as simple as picking the top ranked player of the position, O.J. Howard?

The Cleveland Browns will be searching to fill a lot of positions during this upcoming draft, but quite possibly none more urgently on the offensive side of the ball than tight end.

The team does have Gary Barnidge, of course, a reliable receiver and blocker. But as two-tight end formations become commonplace in the game, the Browns must upgrade from Seth DeValve. The top tight end in the draft, according to many draft experts including ESPN’s Todd McShay, is O.J. Howard of Alabama.

Howard, who started in games for all four of his college seasons with the Crimson Tide, was an essential element of Alabama’s receiving game and blocking unit. Last season, Howard recorded 595 yards through the air and scored three touchdowns. A factor in the receiving game, a majority of his receptions went for 10 yards or more during his career at Alabama.

At 6-foot-6, the 251-pound tight end is a sizable target, but can also make linebackers miss in space. This would bode well for the Browns who need more yards after the catch, one ability Howard would bring without a doubt.

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