May 23, 2015

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Florida’s Joe Haden disappointed in 40-yard dash times

Florida’s Joe Haden ran a slow 40-yard dash Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, possibly costing him his spot as the top cornerback in the draft. Haden entered the combine as a near-consensus top-10 pick and the early favorite to be drafted by the Browns at No. 7. During the much scrutinized 40-yard Read More…

NFL combine: Tough to pass on former QB

INDIANAPOLIS — If it weren’t for Tim Tebow, Joe Haden would be on a different career path. And he wouldn’t be the early favorite to be the Browns’ choice at No. 7 in April’s NFL Draft. Haden was a stud quarterback recruit coming out of Friendly High School in Ft. Washington, where he set a Read More…

All-American Joe Haden: I haven’t nearly reached my peak

INDIANAPOLIS — Florida’s Joe Haden and the Browns will be linked until the NFL Draft. Cornerback is among their biggest needs, and he’s an All-American and the consensus best cornerback in the draft. He says he’ll continue to get better. “I haven’t nearly reached my peak at all,” he said Sunday at the NFL scouting Read More…

Tennessee’s Eric Berry thinks he’s draft’s best

INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee safety Eric Berry is predicted to go in the top five picks in April’s NFL Draft, but he wants more. He wants to be No. 1. “I want to come here and leave no doubt,” he said Sunday at the scouting combine. “My whole goal coming into the combine is to remove Read More…

NFL scouting combine: Browns’ Mangini likes new role, sharing decision-making process

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s not as if Eric Mangini is spending the scouting combine with his feet up and cocktail in hand. He also isn’t making every major decision for the Browns – and that’s a dramatic departure from last season, his first as Cleveland’s coach and de facto czar. Mangini returned for a second season Read More…

NFL combine notes: Browns keeping draft options open

BEREA – With the Browns undecided on what to do at quarterback, general manager Tom Heckert left open all possibilities, including trading up from No. 7 to possibly draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. “I don’t think we’re closing the door on anything,” Heckert said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine. “We’re not shutting the door Read More…

Browns’ Eric Mangini comfortable in Mike Holmgren’s shadow

INDIANAPOLIS — Browns coach Eric Mangini is in a reduced role at this year’s scouting combine, and says he’s enjoying it. Mangini was the de facto leader of the organization in his first season with the Browns. This year, he has two bosses — president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert — so the Read More…

Jets coach Rex Ryan funny as ever

INDIANAPOLIS — Jets coach Rex Ryan is funny — even in the offseason. His humor and mannerisms are remarkable similar to twin brother Rob, the Browns defensive coordinator. “When you watch an offensive lineman run the 40, you say, ‘Whoo, he made it,’” Rex said Saturday of the drills at the scouting combine. “I’m watching ESPN Read More…

Mississippi’s Dexter McCluster lights up room and field

INDIANAPOLIS — Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster has a bright smile, long dreadlocks and big personality. The do-everything prospect captivated the audience Saturday during his time at the podium — just like he does on the field. “I definitely pride myself on being electrifying,” McCluster said. McCluster measured 5-foot-8, 172 pounds, which is the only reason Read More…

NFL scouting combine reaches Day 3

INDIANAPOLIS — The third day of the scouting combine has started. Browns general manager Tom Heckert and coach Eric Mangini are slated to meet with the media late Saturday afternoon. The rest of the day will be spent interviewing defensive linemen and linebackers. The Browns are in the market for a starting inside linebacker, and Read More…