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If you're an OBR subscriber and you haven't checked out the Insider Blog, make it a point to keep an eye on that part of the site. We've been posting quite a bit of workout news there in recent days, often well in advance of reports elsewhere. We have also been providing some exclusive scouting reports in our forum-turned-blog, with more lined up in the days to come.
One of the things that seems to be apparent as one looks at the pattern of workouts and Pro Days is that the Browns are looking seriously at safeties who may be available near the bottom of the first round and throughout the second.
That they will draft a safety in this area isn't assured (I failed to find lock in on one in the second round as I picked for the Browns in the Scout.com Publisher Mock Draft). But the players the team is spending time evaluating at certainly those one would expect to be drafted in the second.
Thanks to Scout.com analyst Ed Thompson's efforts, the OBR can report first this evening that the team is taking its' second long look at strong safety Patrick Chung. The 5'11", 207 pound safety from Oregon will be visiting the Browns in the coming days to work out for the coaching staff. The team also scouted his recent Pro Day.
Listed as the third-based safety in this year's draft by Scout.com, Chung is a sure tackler and does well in run support. Adding Chung would continue the team's efforts to increase its strength up the middle. The Browns allowed S Sean Jones to leave via free agency this off-season, as well as allowing MLB Andra Davis to exit via the same route. Upgrading the team's tackling and run support skills up the middle would be key in improving what has been a porous run defense in recent years.
As the OBR reported several days ago, the team has also shown great interest in Scout.com's second-rated safety, Western Michigan's Louis Delmas. The team brought in Delmas for a private workout on 3/10, and are bringing him back for another visit on 4/13. Delmas is less of a sure tackler than Chung, but brings better coverage awareness.
Both Delmas and Chung are considered to be second-round players, and the Browns have two-second round selections in April's player draft. Based on the team's activities to date, it would be no surprise at all if one of their names is on a card handed in by the Browns with one of those selections.