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Statement from Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Apr 17, 2015 -- 9:59am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has released his first official statement since leaving rehab.

Statement from Browns QB Johnny Manziel

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

 

 

 

Mock Draft Thursday: The Browns get their quarterback of the future

Apr 16, 2015 -- 6:40am

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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As part of ESPN Cleveland’s Path to the Draft, and in preparation for Tony Grossi’s Mock Draft every Friday, here are the best and the worst of what the so-called “experts” are predicting the Browns to do on Thursday April 30th along with analysis of the players they think the Browns will draft.

CHARLES DAVIS – NFL.com

-       Posted April 15th

#12 – Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman

“The biggest riser in mock drafts everywhere, the blazingly fast Perriman replaces Pro Bowler Josh Gordon and will pair with free-agent pickup Dwayne Bowe for a set of full-sized WRs.”

#19 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Hard to believe that the "The Big Rumbler" drops this far on draft night, but the Browns and their fans would rejoice. Two first-round picks for the second year in a row for Cleveland.”

MARIOTA WATCH: Davis has Marcus Mariota going number two to the Tennessee Titans.

CHARLIE CASSERLY – NFL.com

-       Posted April 13th

Casserly has the Browns trading with the Washington Redskins in this mock, moving up to number five to select:

#5 – Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

“In this projected trade, Washington gets picks, and the Browns get their quarterback of the future.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“Upgrading the run defense is a priority for the Browns.”

CHRIS BURKE – Sports Illustrated

-       Posted April 14th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Because they A.) Have two first-round picks, and B.) Are the Browns, count Cleveland as a candidate to do just about anything in Round 1. One of the top-three WRs or top-two QBs tumbling could change the plan, but there is no question this team has to put up more resistance in the trenches.​”

#19 – Stanford OT Andrus Peat

“Cleveland could bump Mitchell Schwartz for Peat immediately, with Peat ticketed for Joe Thomas's LT job down the line. The question is: Would the Browns be patient enough to pass on playmakers twice in Round 1?​”

MARIOTA WATCH: Burke has Marcus Mariota going number six to the New York Jets.

DANE BRUGLER – CBSSports.com

-       Posted April 12th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Cleveland needs to revamp the front seven in order to stop the run and a good place to start is at nose tackle. Shelton won't have the same type of production in the NFL as he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front.”

#19 – LSU OT La’el Collins

“The Browns need to add depth on the offensive line and Collins would give the team a long-term option at right tackle to replace Mitchell Schwartz, who is likely playing his final season in Cleveland this year.”

MARIOTA WATCH: Brugler has Marcus Mariota going number six to the New York Jets.

MIKE FLORIO & STAFF – Pro Football Talk

-       Posted April 12th

#12 – Alabama S Landon Collins

#19 – Florida State OL Cameron Erving

MARIOTA WATCH: Florio and his PFT consultants have Mariota going to the New York Jets at pick number six.

CHRIS TRAPASSO – CBSSports.com

-       Posted April 14th

Another big trade involving the Browns. This time Cleveland and Washington get together with the Browns giving up their 12th pick, 43rd pick (2nd round) and a fifth rounder to snag:

#5 – Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

“Apparently close to "moving on" from Johnny Manziel, the Browns, loaded with draft capital, make an aggressive move to get Mariota, who's more pro-ready than most believe. The Redskins' new brain trust is thrilled with trading back and on the draft trade value chart gives this swap a thumbs up.”

#19 – Minnesota TE Maxx Williams

“After seeing Jordan Cameronbolt to Miami and missing out on Charles Clay, the Browns have a blatant hole at tight end. To some, this is "too early" for Williams, but Cleveland likes his body control, strong hands, yards-after-the-catch ability and willingness as a blocker. And he's young.”

Now for this week’s mock of the week. This is by far one of the most interesting mock drafts I’ve seen. If the number of trades that Schrager predicted happen this will be one of the craziest draft nights in recent memory. And that’s saying something after what we went through last year. Schrager has the Browns involved in a draft night trade with the Jets for pick number six but not for who you think.

PETER SCHRAGER – Fox Sports

-       Posted April 13th

#12 – Alabama WR Amari Cooper

“Another trade? Why not? I know the Browns would love to get a top wideout and with two picks in the top 20, they've got some real juice come April 30. If this draft shakes out this way, I'd have to think Cleveland would be willing to make a big move up. This year's 12th pick and next year's first-rounder should be enough to get the Jets to trade back.”

#19 – Stanford OT Andrus Peat

“Peat's father, Todd, was a starting offensive lineman for the Phoenix Cardinals in the 1990s, and this younger version, though not quite a finished product, showed real flashes at Stanford. He's 6-foot-7, 314 pounds, and could compete for the starting right tackle job in Cleveland next year.”

MARIOTA WATCH: Schrager has Marcus Mariota going number four to the St. Louis Rams in a draft day trade. Here’s what he says:

“Here's where things get fun in my mock draft. I think there's a real possibility Washington takes Mariota at 5 or the Jets pull the trigger at 6. I believe the Rams and Browns are also interested. St. Louis has loaded up on pieces on both the offensive and defensive lines for years; the Rams make a big splash here and trade their 2015 (10th overall) and 2016 first-round picks for Oakland's fourth overall selection. With Sam Bradford now in Philadelphia, the Rams are looking for a new face of their franchise and the guy who'll lead them to Los Angeles if there's a move in the works (there is). With Nick Foles there on a third-round pick contract, they have the luxury of letting Mariota sit for a bit, learn Frank Cignetti's and Chris Weinke's offense, and still be competitive in 2015. Big swing here for Les Snead and Jeff Fisher. I like it.”

 

 

 

Under the Radar: Jean Sifrin

Apr 13, 2015 -- 2:40pm

By Jerod Cherry  | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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A potential 27-year-old NFL rookie is a headline in and of itself and should not be regarded as a player under the radar. 

Even though it has been nearly 20 years since the Minutemen of John Calipari and Marcus Camby had their run to the Final four in 1996, basketball is what the University of Massachusetts is still mostly known for.  So I am willing to bet most people never heard of UMass tight end Jean Sifrin.

Sifrin first gained my attention when I watched him make a spectacular catch that was Odel- Beckham Jr.-worthy.  If you don't believe me go on the Internet and type into your search engine “UMass TE catch” and see for yourself the exceptional catch! It should also be noted that Sifrin made this play with just one week of practice to prepare for the game.

Now one play does not and should not make a player NFL-caliber and worthy.  Yet when you look at Sifrin's measurements of 6-7 and 250 pounds, and the athletic ability shown on film, I think Sifrin can make the jump to the next level with just one season of Division I FBS experience under his belt.

Sifrin's backstory has the makings of a Hollywood movie.  At 27, it's fair to surmise that Jean has seen a lot of ups and downs. Unlike Michael Oher, on which the movie Blind Side was based, Sifrin’s hardships were a combination of poor decision-making on his part as a teenager and young adult, as well as being a victim of his circumstances. To his credit, Sifrin is still in the process of overcoming those decisions and circumstances.

As far as football is concerned, Sifrin is an NFL receiving tight end prototype.

Sifrin possesses the size, hands, speed, and athletic ability. All these attributes suggest that Sifrin is a “can't miss” prospect.  However, before we crown Sifrin as the next Shannon Sharpe, there are some concerns.

The biggest knock against Sifrin is his age -- 27.  Most players enter their prime at 27. Sifrin’s career will just be getting started.  Hence, having a long-term career is very unlikely. Yet, if he can produce for four to five years, he can have a short but sweet career. 

Sifrin's inexperience also can be perceived as a red flag.

With the departure of Jordan Cameron to Miami, the Browns are certainly in search of, and in need of, a pass receiving tight end.  When Cameron, the former college basketball player started his NFL career, he was a project.  Sifrin does not have that luxury. Due to his age, he will have to hit the ground literally running and catching. 

Because Sifrin has the physical measurements, maturity, and hunger on his side, the Browns should bring this under the radar player to town.

 

 

 

Mock Draft Thursday

Apr 09, 2015 -- 6:39am

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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As part of ESPN Cleveland’s Path to the Draft, and in preparation for Tony Grossi’s Mock Draft every Friday, here are the best and the worst of what the so-called “experts” are predicting the Browns to do on Thursday April 30th along with analysis of the players they think the Browns will draft.

BRIAN BALDINGER – NFL.com

-       Posted April 6th

#12 – LSU OT La’el Collins

“Mike Pettine knows he needs to get better in the trenches. Collins is a powerful run blocker who can play right tackle or offensive guard. Nothing fancy here, just a solid player.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“The Browns fight the urge to take Marcus Mariota here, but get a much-needed nose tackle to anchor their porous defensive front from 2014.”

NOTE…Baldinger has the Eagles taking Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at number 20 directly after the Browns pick at 19.

 

LANCE ZIERLEIN – NFL.com

-       Posted April 8th

#12 – Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

“Will Mariota last this long? Maybe, maybe not, but I'm not going to project any trade-ups for him at this point. It's hard to believe the Browns are sold on Johnny Manziel.”

#19 – Arizona St. WR Jaelen Strong

“Some teams are in love with Strong's ability to overmatch cornerbacks and make contested catches. This might be a little high for him, but it wouldn't shock me.”

 

RON CLEMENTS – Sporting News and Perform Media

-       Posted April 6th

#12 – Louisville WR DeVante Parker

“Parker has probably the strongest hands of any receiver in this year’s draft class. He’s big at 6-3, 209 and the Browns made Parker one of their top-30 visits. He came back from a foot injury last year to catch 43 passes for 855 yards and six touchdowns in six games. He finished his Louisville career as the school leader with 33 touchdowns and 10 100-yard games.” 

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“Not to be confused with Texas running back Malcolm Brown, the 6-2, 319-pound defensive tackle was a finalist for both the Bronco Nagurski and Outland trophies. He was the first Texas defensive tackle to lead the Longhorns in both tackles for loss (13) and sacks (6.5) since 1984.”

 

DANE BRUGLER – CBSSports.com

-       Posted April 5th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Cleveland needs to revamp the front seven in order to stop the run and a good place to start is at nose tackle. Shelton won't have the same type of production in the NFL as he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front.”

#19 – LSU OT La’el Collins

“The Browns need to add depth on the offensive line and Collins would give the team a long-term option at right tackle to replace Mitchell Schwartz, who is likely playing his final season in Cleveland this year.”

 

PETER KING – MMQB

-       Posted April 1st

#12 – Florida OT/OG D.J. Humphries

“It’s a meat-and-potatoes pick for GM Ray Farmer, taking the second-best tackle prospect on many boards.”

#19 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“He’s getting dinged by a few scouts for his inconsistency recently, and he’s likely just a two-down player. But at his peak, he could be a Vince Wilfork, and the Browns need some defensive beef.”

 

NFLDraftGeek.com

-       Posted April 3rd

#12 – TRADE. The Browns move up…TO NUMBER FIVE, trading with the Washington Redskins (giving up #12 and #19) to select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

“I'm not saying this is necessarily what the Browns will do, even though there have been legitimate reports suggesting it might, but it's definitely what they should do! You can throw out all the clichés you want about building through the draft and conserving draft picks, but in the end we all know the NFL is a Quarterbacks league; if you don't have a quarterback you aren't going win games, plain and simple. And based on what we saw from Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown last year I don't know how many games the Browns can even expect to be competitive in. I know Browns fans won't like our projected trade, but basically it comes down to Cleveland's willingness to give up the 19th pick. Would you be willing to give up a guy like Jaelen Strong or Jordan Phillips for Marcus Mariota? You know my answer!”

 

And to wrap up the week, wait until you get a load of this mock. I’ll be honest I’d be pretty fired up if this is how day one went.

WILL BRINSON – CBSSports.com

-       Posted April 3rd

The Cleveland Browns trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, swapping first round picks (we can only assume more as well but this is all the mock had in it). Here’s how both teams end up:

#12 (Philly) – Oregon DT Arik Armstead

“It would be pretty hysterical if Chip Kelly made the bold move to trade up in the first round of the draft to grab one of his former players and that player wasn't Mariota. Philly and Cleveland talked trade earlier in the year with respect to Sam Bradford. This deal wouldn't include any quarterback swapping or a first-round pick.”

#19 (Cleveland) – Kentucky OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree

“The hype has died down from Dupree's ridiculous performance at the combine, but he's still an insanely athletic pass rusher with tons of upside who could fit the bill for the Browns.”

#20 (Cleveland) – Oklahoma WR Dorial Beckham-Green

“The Browns lost hyper-talented, hyper-troubled wideout Josh Gordon for all of 2015 so why not replace him with someone similar?”

 

 

 

Under the Radar: Quinten Rollins

Apr 02, 2015 -- 9:00am

By Jerod Cherry | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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Typically when you’re an NFL draft prospect you have more than one year of college football experience under your belt.  Though rare, there are always exceptions to this rule.  Allow me to introduce you to one of those rarities.   Quinten Rollins is a defensive back from Miami of Ohio.  Rollins is under the radar because of his limited college football experience, and not because he lacks in coverage and ball skills.

Prior to playing just one season of college football, Rollins was a standout in basketball for the University of Miami Redhawks basketball program. He was a four-year starter and during that time Quinten became the all-time leader for the Redhawks in steals.  He also registers in the top five in school history for assists.  

Those accolades are impressive. However, it is what Quinten was able to accomplish in just one season of collegiate football that has me impressed.

When you turn the tape on or watch Quinten Rollins live, what impresses you most are his ball skills.  Most defensive backs are uncomfortable when the ball is in the air. That’s why DBs don’t play receiver. This is not the case for Rollins. 

There is no panic in his game!  Rollins effortlessly adjusts to the football’s trajectory and consistently makes plays on the ball when passes are thrown in his direction.  As a one-and-done football player, Rollins led the MAC in INTs.

Another element of Rollins’ skill set that I appreciate and believe can help him transition to the NFL is the fluidity of his hip movement and how he transitions well in press and off man coverage.  Having this skill set is ultra-important because ultimately what separates those DBs that can play in the league and those that cannot is their transition from bump-and-run as well as their transition from back pedaling to turning one’s hips and shadowing  a wide receiver.  Those DBs that are jerky/mechanical typically don’t last.  Based on just one season of play, it appears that Quinten Rollins has the fluidity and flow that will allow him to make the transition from college to the pros.

The knock on Quinten is that he does not have the top end speed to run with NFL caliber wide receivers.  This negative perception of Rollins was further cemented when he posted a 4.57 forty at the NFL combine.   Running a 4.57 forty is not going to garner any headlines. However, when you turn on the tape you have to be impressed again with the body of work compiled in only a season’s worth of time.

Furthermore, from watching film you don’t see receivers constantly leaving Rollins in the dust!  In some instances, the fast forty is not as important.  Also when you consider that Rollins can jump out of the gym, explosiveness should not be an issue. Browns fans may remember that Joe Haden did not have a blazing forty after attending the NFL combine. And it is fair to state that Joe Haden is one of the best cornerbacks in the game despite posting a not so great forty time at the NFL combine.

If you’re a Browns fan you may be wondering why would the Browns have any interest in another cornerback after drafting Justin Gilbert eighth overall in 2014, the emergence of K’Waun Williams and Pierre Desir  in 2014 as  solid backups, as well as acquiring via free agency the talents of proven NFL veteran Tramon Williams. Even though it appears the Browns have depth, Quinten Rollins on the Browns still makes sense because, frankly, in today’s NFL and especially in Mike Pettine’s defensive system, you can never have enough cover corners and defensive backs with ball hawking and man coverage skills. 

The onus in Mike Pettine’s and Jim O’Neil’s defensive system is to influence quarterback pressure with tight, suffocating coverage. Hence, if you’re able to find a prospect that may slip in the draft that has good to elite cover skills, grab him. 

College basketball power forwards like Tony Gonzales, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Cameron have revolutionized pro football because their basketball skill set transfers so well to the receiving Tight End position.  Quinten Rollins may be the forerunner to a new revolution on the defensive side of the ball, in which former point guards that have the ability to steal balls playing hoop become dominant ball-hawking, play-making defensive backs in the NFL!

 

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Mock Draft Thursday

Apr 02, 2015 -- 7:38am

By  | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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As part of ESPN Cleveland’s Path to the Draft, and in preparation for Tony Grossi’s Mock Draft every Friday, here are the best and the worst of what the so-called “experts” are predicting the Browns to do on Thursday April 30th along with analysis of the players they think the Browns will draft.

 

TODD MCSHAY – ESPN

-       Posted March 30th

#12 – Washington DT Danny Shelton

“Outside of quarterback, which the Browns aren't going to be able to address here in this scenario, the team's biggest needs are at wide receiver, right tackle and nose tackle. Shelton is the No. 9 player on our board, so he's a value here, and there are good receiver and right tackle prospects to be had with the Browns' No. 19 pick. You always have to worry about consistency with a player Shelton's size (6-2, 339 pounds), but he has the potential to be a dominant force against the run and double-team magnet in the middle of Cleveland's defensive front. He can also push the pocket as a pass-rusher.”

#19 – Miami (FL) OT Ereck Flowers

“With Danny Shelton going to them at No. 12, I think this pick would come down to a wide receiver or offensive tackle. Flowers is a tough player with very good intangibles who takes well to coaching. He has a massive frame, is effective as a pass protector and a run blocker, and could fit in at right tackle opposite Joe Thomas or at guard.”

LANCE ZIERLEIN – NFL.com

-       Posted March 26th

#12 – Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

“If Mariota is here, the Browns would probably race to the podium with their card. It's unlikely the Browns trust Manziel, and Mariota could learn behind Josh McCown.”

#19 – Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman

“Perriman blew up his pro day with a mid-4.2 40, but the tape already showed that. Perriman offers the same explosiveness that Josh Gordon gave the Browns.”

BUCKY BROOKS – NFL.com

-       Posted March 30th

#12 – Miami OT Ereck Flowers

“The Browns need an offensive tackle adept at moving people off the ball. The ex-Hurricane displays the explosive strength and power to handle a starting right tackle position.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“The recent signings of Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline alleviate some of the pressure to take a pass catcher in Round 1. They could opt to add a big-bodied run stuffer like Brown to a defense that’s rounding into form under Mike Pettine.”

ROB RANG – CBSSports.com

-       Posted March 29th

#12 – LSU OL La’el Collins

“The Browns feature one of the NFL's better offensive lines but right tackle is a relative weak spot. Collins starred on the left side at LSU but his power-based game projects better inside or at right tackle.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“The Browns finished dead last in the NFL in run defense a year ago and have allowed over 2,000           rushing yards in 14 of the past 16 seasons -- a recipe for disaster in the black and blue AFC North. The 6-4, 320-pound Brown is a stout run defender who add bulk and strength to an otherwise undersized front.”

DANE BRUGLER – NFL.com

-       Posted March 29th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Cleveland needs to revamp the front seven in order to stop the run and a good place to start is at nose tackle. Shelton won't have the same type of production in the NFL as he did at Washington, but he should be a long-term anchor for a three-man front.”

#19 – Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman

“The Browns addressed the front-seven at pick No. 12 (Danny Shelton) and switch gears to offense with their second first round pick. Although still raw in areas, Perriman has all the physical traits NFL teams covet at the wide receiver position.”

DAN KADAR – SB NATION

-       Posted March 30th

#12 – Louisville WR DeVante Parker

“If the Browns don’t make a move for Mariota, they could sit back at No. 12 and decide which wide receiver or defensive player they like the most. The catch for the Browns in this scenario is that Washington’s Danny Shelton is gone and the best pass rushers are off the board. This is a little too early for someone like Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown and Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray. Enter Parker, a potential high-end receiver whom the Browns could use out wide or from the slot.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“A defensive lineman or a pass rusher? The answer to that will depend on whichever position the Browns view as a bigger weakness. The choice is a lineman because a healthy Barkevious Mingoshould be better getting after the quarterback. The team is also high on Scott Solomonas someone who can pressure the quarterback. That shifts the focus to the line, where a player like Brown could get in for 600 snaps a season and help improve a bad run defense.”

 

Finally this week, the Browns media employees released their second mock drafts online. Here’s what the guys who work in the building think their team might do on April 30th.

NATHAN ZEGURA – Cleveland Browns Daily

-       Posted March 26th

#12 – Washington DT Danny Shelton

“The Browns could go Parker here if they want that big-three wide receiver, but I think with Shelton on the board, the defensive-minded Browns get their Haloti Ngata to solidify the interior of the defensive line.”

#19 – Nebraska OLB Randy Gregory

“The Browns stick on the defensive side of the ball and get the best pass rusher left on the board. He has incredible burst but will fall on draft day because of size concerns. Gregory would immediately upgrade the pass rush after solidifying the defensive line at 12. If the Browns do this, look for a wide receiver in the second round and some interior offensive line plus a tight end in rounds 3 or 4.”

MATT WILHELM – Cleveland Browns Daily

-       Posted March 26th

#12 – Washington DT Danny Shelton

“Shelton shined at the Senior Bowl. The big-three wide receivers in the draft – Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker – likely will be gone at that point and the Browns will focus on shoring up their run defense with the top available nose tackle.”

#19 – Stanford OL Andrus Peat

“In the Cardinal’s offense, Peat will come to the NFL pro-ready. The transition for him will be very easy to immediately go into a competition, whether it be at guard or tackle. He’ll contribute and solidify that running game and protect whoever is the quarterback for the Browns.”

ANDREW GRIBBLE – Browns Senior Staff Writer

-       Posted March 26th

#12 – Missouri LB Shane Ray

“The Browns filled a number of holes through free agency but they weren’t able to beef up their pass rush amid the loss of Sheard. That changes at pick No. 12, where the Browns will benefit from one of the draft’s best crops of pass rushers in years by having the 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year fall in their lap.”

#19 – LSU OL La’el Collins

“If Malcom Brown’s around at 19, he’s a more likely selection, but this is assuming he’s gone. Collins was good enough to play left tackle in college football’s toughest conference, projects as a right tackle in the NFL and is versatile enough to play guard. He’d bring a good injection of competition to multiple spots on an offensive line that is very good in the starting five but needs better depth.”

KEVIN JONES – Browns Staff Writer

-       Posted March 26th

#12 – Washington DT Danny Shelton

“In the right scheme, Shelton’s combination of a stout body in the run game to go along with athleticism as a pass rusher could make him an eventual centerpiece of a defense. In Cleveland, the 339-pound Shelton not only could start right away but also have the potential to overhaul the Browns’ defensive line.”

#19 – Kentucky OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree

“Thus far into free agency, the Browns have yet to fill the void Jabaal Sheard left at outside linebacker. Enter Dupree, and then some. Perhaps no pass rusher in the draft has the former Kentucky Wildcat’s combination of size (6-foot-4, 269 pounds) and speed (4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash). Coach Mike Pettine said the team will place a premium on making the defense a dominate unit. Dupree coupled with Shelton put Pettine’s beliefs into action.”

 

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