NFL draft: Browns look into pair of Big Ten DBs

NFL teams can meet with up to 60 players at the NFL scouting combine, so it's hardly news if a team casts a wide net.

But it was pointed out to me so figured I'd pass along: The Browns had good meetings with a pair of Big Ten defensive backs, Ohio State's Doran Grant and Penn State's Adrian Amos.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Grant helped himself in Indianapolis with a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, fluidity in drills and 21 bench reps. Penn State coaches loved the 6-foot, 209-pound Amos, who can play safety or corner and ran 4.53 seconds in the 40, with 4.03 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

The Browns could -- er, should -- target receiver or outside pass-rusher or a lineman (nose tackle or combo guard/tackle) in the first two rounds. But it's a big draft with a lot of good players, so the Browns are doing their research on defensive backs despite already-established depth at the position. There's a good chance Buster Skrine walks, Justin Gilbert is still a riddle and the Browns lose safety Jim Leonhard to retirement. Safety Tashaun Gipson is a restricted free agent but could entice a team to make a play for him if the Browns give him an unfavorable tender.

Still lots of moving parts for arguably the Browns' most important defensive group.