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NFL draft 2011: Browns might target LSU cornerback in top 10 again

LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson returns an interception against  Louisiana-Monroe in November. (AP photo.)

Sheldon Brown is a starting cornerback for the Browns. He wouldn’t be for much longer if the Browns drafted LSU’s Patrick Peterson with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday. “He won’t be there. But if he is, we should grab him,” Brown said recently. Joe Haden, the No. 7 pick in Read More…

NFL draft 2011: Scott Petrak’s best of the class

Defensive backs Patrick Peterson, LSU: Rare cornerback to be considered worthy of the No. 1 overall pick. Has elite speed, size and playmaking ability. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: Track star in high school — won 100- and 200-meter state titles in Arizona — has great size (6-foot) and likes to hit. Didn’t have an interception as Read More…

Browns: An awkward day for players visiting team headquarters

BEREA — They came, they saw, they left. Without speaking to coach Pat Shurmur and his staff, or receiving a playbook. Receiver/special teamer Joshua Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges arrived at Browns headquarters a couple of minutes before 10 a.m. Tuesday to test the waters after Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted Read More…

NFL Draft: Patrick Peterson might be too good to pass up

Sheldon Brown is a starting cornerback for the Browns. He wouldn’t be for much longer if the Browns drafted LSU’s Patrick Peterson with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday. “He won’t be there. But if he is, we should grab him,” Brown said recently. Joe Haden, the No. 7 pick in Read More…

Browns: 3 players show up at team headquarters, aren’t allowed to meet with coaches

BEREA — Receiver/special teamer Joshua Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges arrived at Browns headquarters a couple of minutes before 10 a.m. today and exited the building about 50 minutes later. With the NFL lockout ended – at least temporarily – by a judge’s ruling Monday, some players decided to report for Read More…

NFL draft 2011: Clemson defensive end a man of many talents

Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers moves in to sack Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price (11) during a 2010 game in Clemson, S.C. Bowers was a candidate to be the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, but health issues may give the Browns a shot at him with the No. 6 pick. (AP photo.)

Da’Quan Bowers can get to the quarterback with his speed around the edge. He can use his strength to overpower an offensive tackle. He can chase down running backs behind the line of scrimmage. His skills don’t end there. “He can make ’em all jump from the pews and say, ‘Amen,’” Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Read More…

NFL draft 2011: Scott Petrak’s top of the class

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Defensive linemen Marcell Dareus, Alabama: The tackle is stout against the run and able to collapse the pocket as a pass rusher. Would be a huge surprise if he isn’t gone in the first three picks. Robert Quinn, North Carolina: Athletic, pass-rushing end with a great first step and 11 sacks in 2009. Suspended for Read More…

NFL draft 2011: Georgia receiver A.J. Green can make noise

Georgia’s A.J. Green makes a catch for a touchdown over LSU’s Chris Hawkins in 2009. The wide receiver could be the Browns’ pick at No. 6, joining mentor and former Bulldogs teammate Mohamed Massaquoi. (AP photo.)

Tony Ball spent the past three years with A.J. Green. As receivers coach for the University of Georgia, Ball helped Green develop into the top receiver prospect in the NFL Draft. Green has been called the most talented player in the draft by some and is a candidate to be the top overall pick. Ball Read More…

NFL Draft: UNC’s Robert Quinn mighty talented but raw

The headaches came in the morning and at night, and the pain relievers did little to help. Then came the blackouts. The third one, while he was walking into the bathroom at home, sent the Quinns scurrying to the hospital. Just a couple of hours later, Robert Quinn, a senior at Fort Dorchester High School Read More…

NFL Draft 2011: Is Auburn defensive star getting a Fairley bad rap?

Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof has gotten the calls from NFL coaches and general managers. The ones loaded with tough questions about defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Roof isn’t a draft junkie, but he’s seen and heard enough rumors and reports to know the criticism directed at Fairley. That he’s a one-year wonder who didn’t play Read More…