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2011 NFL Round 2: Browns Continue Bolstering Trenches With Selection Of Jabaal Sheard

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns has been extremely one-sided in recent years. Certainly since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted in the first round of the 2004 Draft. But younger fans shouldn’t forget that it was once one of the very best in all of the NFL, if not the very best and most fierce. Well, after the king’s ransom that the Browns received in exchange from the Atlanta Falcons during Thursday night’s blockbuster first round trade, the Browns now have the picks to renew the rivalry in the forthcoming years.

So far, the Browns have acquired defensive tackle Phil Taylor out of Baylor, a hulking presence that will pose a nice challenge to center Maurkice Pouncey. Then, with their pick in the second round on Friday, the Browns continued to focus on improving their front seven on defense, drafting Pittsburgh Panthers defensive end, Jabaal Sheard. All of a sudden, the Browns defense has a chance to be fairly formidable sooner rather than later.

More on the selection of Sheard on SB Nation Pittsburgh soon. To hear what Browns fans think of the selection, head on over to Dawgs by Nature for more fan discussion and analysis.

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