Browns Get DB Depth in the Fifth

By drafting DeMario Minter with their fifth round pick, the Browns have added needed depth to their defensive backfield. Minter becomes the latest in a series of defensive backs from Georgia who will try to make their mark with the Browns...

Take one look at the Cleveland Browns current depth chart, and a couple of positions stand out as being dangerously thin.

When the Browns didn't pursue Ray Mickens, traded Chris Crocker, and waived Michael Lehan, the suddenly found themselves without a lot of depth in the defensive backfield.

Phil Savage continues to use his second-day picks to grab the occasional role-player and build depth as he selected Georgia defensive back DeMario Minter with the team's second pick in the fifth round.

A prospect who has begin to put together a complete game at Georgia, Minter is a terrific athlete who was named an All-Conference selection after his second year as a starter. He had two straight seasons with almost identical numbers, registering 48 tackles and 9 interceptions as a senior after 51 and 10 as a junior.

Minter has the potential to move up and become a starter at some point down the line, and can help fill immediate needs as a nickel back behind Gary Baxter, Leigh Bodden, and Daylon McCutcheon.

Phil Savage acquired seven second-day picks and is clearly using them to fill specific needs on the roster. Like the previous fifth-round pick, Jerome Harrison, the selection of Minter points to a draft plan that combines opportunism with players who have fallen with recognition of immediate needs.

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