August 28, 2015

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NFL draft: Oklahoma State’s Blackmon may be what Browns need at WR

Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolisin February. Blackmon could be a possible pick for the Browns at No. 4 in the first round of the NFL Draft. (AP photo.)

For Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, the dream scenario for the Browns starts with the No. 4 pick. They keep it simple and address the glaring need at receiver with Justin Blackmon. The second part of the plan could be fulfilled at No. 22 or No. 37 with quarterback Brandon Weeden. “I think it’d be Read More…

Browns: GM Tom Heckert knows his draft plan, but he’s not telling

BEREA – Browns general manager Tom Heckert knows whom he will take with the No. 4 pick in the draft next Thursday night. He’s just not telling. Heckert held his predraft news conference this morning in a room packed with reporters. He talked for 45 minutes but tried his best not to reveal any information Read More…

NFL draft: Jordan White’s sure he’s an elite WR

Jordan White, a North Ridgeville grad and star receiver at Western Michigan, runs a drill during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. White is hoping to be drafted next week. (AP photo.)

Jordan White doesn’t like the term “swagger.” It’s an overused word in sports today, he says. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have swagger. He just likes to call it confidence. The NFL Draft begins a week from tonight, and White is sure he’ll hear his name called over the three days. He’s also certain he Read More…

Browns: Shurmur feeling excited to have a real offseason this time around

The NFL lockout deprived Pat Shurmur of an offseason in his first year as Browns coach. So he was filled with extra enthusiasm Monday for the start of the team’s offseason program, even if the rules in the new collective bargaining agreement have limited the length and scope of the workouts. “I’m excited, it’s exciting,” Read More…

Browns get new uniforms — a lot like the old ones

Traditionalists need not worry. The new Browns uniforms look just like the old ones. Nike is the manufacturer of the NFL uniforms this season, taking over from Reebok, and introduced the 2012 versions Tuesday. Nike helped make the University of Oregon famous with its gaudy variety of jerseys, pants and helmets, but the bright colors Read More…

Browns need franchise QB, but Tannehill is no No. 4 pick

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Colt McCoy will never be a big-time NFL quarterback. The Browns will never be a consistent playoff contender until they find a legitimate franchise quarterback. The best place to find that guy is in the top five of the draft. This brings us to Ryan Tannehill and the great quarterback debate of 2012. In Browns Read More…

Remain calm, Browns have draft options, Scott Petrak says

The NFL Draft starts four weeks from tonight. That should mean it’s time for the Browns talk to heat up, but it isn’t possible. It’s already at a fever pitch. As has become the custom around these parts, the draft discussion starts too early — in the middle of the previous season — and only Read More…

League gives Browns four more draft picks

Browns general manager Tom Heckert loves draft picks, and he got four more to enjoy Monday. The NFL awarded the Browns four compensatory picks, giving them 13 for the draft April 26-28. The Browns are hoping 13 proves lucky as they try to speed up a rebuilding project and improve upon a 4-12 season in Read More…

Browns: Ex-Saint Fujita not off hook yet for bounty role

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer Wednesday on the general manager and coaches involved in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal. The players will be next. And that could include Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who was a starter and team leader on New Orleans’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 2009 season. Goodell is consulting Read More…

Browns’ plan is sound, but missing a receiver

I have one problem with how the Browns handled the first six days of free agency. That’s about 100 fewer than many fans have with general manager Tom Heckert’s approach. For me, the missed opportunity was failing to sign a veteran receiver from a talented and relatively deep pool. The Browns need an upgrade of Read More…