After the loss of Sean Jones to free agency, the Cleveland Browns are heading into NFL draft with a huge question mark in the defensive secondary. While Brodney Pool has locked down one starting spot, beyond that the team's depth chart has an air of mystery about it.
A big step forward in solidifying that secondary would be the Browns drafting the top-rated safety prospect in the country, per Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber.
The team may very well be looking at doing that, as The OBR has learned that Missouri safety William Moore will be visiting Berea in the coming days. Moore is a good-sized safety at 6-1' and 223 pounds. Steuber describes him this way:
"Moore is a strong, playmaking safety that can alter a game with his unique blend of attributes. He's a forceful, run defending safety, who also defends well in coverage. He's fast in pursuit, tracks down ballcarriers and brings them down on initial contact. He anticipates the action well, reads the quarterback, displays a great burst to the ball and uses his excellent ball skills."
The Browns could certainly use some help against the run, which was again a team weakness in 2008 despite the addition of NT Shaun Rogers and DE Corey Williams. The Browns allows both MLB Andra Davis and Jones to leave via free agency, a clear sign that they didn't feel that those two players would be part of the solution.
Moore is far from the only safety getting the Browns attention. The next two safeties in Scout.com's draft listing, Western Michigan's Louis Delmas and Oregon's Patrick Chung, have also been invited to the team's Berea facility.
Whether enabled through trading into the second half of the first round or through their existing second-round picks, it's very clear that one of the starting safety positions will be at the front of the team's mind on draft weekend.