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Picks 6-10: Jets replace Revis, two guards taken

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFC Updated: April 25, 2013 - 8:32 PM

Here are picks 6-10 ...

No. 6: Browns

The pick: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The skinny: The Browns were believed to covet CB Dee Milliner, but went with another pass rusher to add to their conversion to a 3-4 defense. After signing Baltimore's Paul Kruger in free agency, the Browns added Mingo and should be able to put some heat on QBs. And that's a good thing when you have to play Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco four times a year. Overall, it appears to be a decent move for new Browns GM Michael Lombardi. Lombardi was in the Browns' front office back in the early 1990s, but then-coach Bill Belichick had final say on personnel moves.

No. 7: Cardinals

The pick: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The skinny: New Cardinals GM Steve Keim played it safe and correctly by upgrading the offensive line. Cooper played left guard in college, but could also play right guard, where the Cardinals are looking to replace Adam Snyder.

No. 8: St. Louis

The pick: Tavon Austin, WR,

The skinny: The Bills must think -- and correctly so -- that they can get their QB later on. So they traded this pick to St. Louis, who beat the Jets (No. 9) to Austin, an explosive player with skills similar to Percy Harvin's. Austin is only 5-8, 174 pounds -- about 20 pounds lighter than Harvin -- but he ran the ball 72 times a year ago. He also has 214 catches the past two years. The Bills traded this pick and the 71st overall pick for the 16th, 46th, 78th and 227th.

No. 9: Jets

The pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The skinny: Ah, what the heck. No one will remember this, so I'll just blurt it out and say this is the best pick in the top 10. Milliner is a big corner who can cover, tackle and even rush off the edge. There's been some concern floated about his shoulder, but he's never missed a game. He'll be fine. A good pick for new GM John Idzik, who took a lot of heat for trading CB Darrelle Revis to the Bucs. Milliner should give coach Rex Ryan a shutdown corner.

No. 10: Titans

The pick: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

The skinny: Two guards in the top 10? Wow. This really is, as Eagles GM Howie Roseman said, "a meat-and-potatoes" draft. Warmack is a dominant drive-blocking interior lineman (just ask Manti Te'o, who was steamrolled by Warmack in the national title game). It's a pretty good bet Warmack is a solid pick considering the Titans' coach, Mike Munchak, is a Hall of Fame guard.

That's it for the pick-by-pick analysis. We'll be back later to discuss the Vikings' picks.

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