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SB Nation Mock Draft: Dawgs By Nature Selects OLB Brian Orakpo for Cleveland at No. 5

The pick is in...and it definitely fills a position of need on the Cleveland Browns.


No. 5

CLEVELAND
BROWNS

Pick by Dawgs By Nature

Brian Orakpo
Defensive end

Texas

Why the selection?

The Browns are far from being perfect at every position. When it comes to our most depleted unit, the linebacker position is begging for assistance ten times more than any other position. The Browns reached the quarterback for a sack just 17 times last season, second worst in the league. Compare that to the 51 sacks of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also run a 3-4 defense, and you'll understand why no one is intimidated by our group.

[Read my full analysis at Mocking the Draft]

Some will debate whether Brian Orakpo or Everette Brown would have been the correct pick as a linebacker here. Mocking Dan believes Brown would have been a better fit for the Browns in the 3-4 system, but agrees that the pick is a definite improvement over what we have now.

You may discuss the pick here, or at Mocking the Draft. Either way, be sure to visit Mocking the Draft to read my full reasoning in choosing Orakpo.