Boise State safety JL Skinner could be perfect target in April’s draft

A trending issue with the Cleveland Browns‘ defense over the last couple of years has been a lack of true free safety. They have guys that play in the box well but lack a true center fielder back deep preventing explosive plays over the top. If the team were to target Boise States JL Skinner they might be able to finally fill that roster hole.

Skinner has great size at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds to take on larger more physical receivers but doesn’t lack speed to keep up with quicker receivers as well. He tracks the ball well when it’s in the air and has great ball skills to make a play on the ball when it’s in the air. This past season for Boise, Skinner finished with four interceptions to go with six pass breakups.

The major area that jumps out on tape is his ability to come flying in from deep to make plays in run support. Skinner is a sure tackler that isn’t shy about contact and delivers big blows to opposing running backs. This is a true enforcer-style player that likes to make his presence known. There will be a major jump in competition for Skinner but he has all the tools and skill set to be a three-down player in the NFL.

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Story originally appeared on Browns Wire