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NFL draft analysis: Trading down is no downer

Alabama junior Julio Jones is a terrific prospect and might develop into a Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons. But if he does, it isn’t likely to happen until 2013 — at the earliest — because star college wideouts are notoriously slow in adjusting to the next level. For that reason, among many Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns trade twice, take DT Phil Taylor on busy night

BEREA — The Browns made two trades, adding three draft picks. They passed up receivers twice and some of the biggest names in college football. When the dust settled after a busy Thursday night, the Browns had begun to build the defensive line necessary to play the 4-3 scheme being installed for the 2011 season. Read More…

NFL Draft notes: Browns players can get back to work today

BEREA – The doors at Browns headquarters are open. All of them. With the NFL lockout officially stopped – pending an appeal — after Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the league’s request for a stay of her injunction, all 32 teams were told by the league Thursday to resume normal offseason activities. Players are allowed Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns subject of trade talk leading into first round

BEREA – As the start of the NFL Draft approached tonight, the Browns were the subject of a number of trade rumors. Atlanta, which holds the No. 27 pick, was the latest possible partner. The Browns have declared their willingness to move down to acquire extra picks. But the deal must be right. “We’ve got Read More…

NFL draft 2011: With lots of spots to fill, GM talking confidently

General manager Tom Heckert had been on the job less than four months when he ran his first draft for the Browns. He inherited a lame-duck coach set in his ways, loyal to his favorite veteran players and specific about the type of draft pick he wanted. He was overshadowed by a president with a Read More…

Cover boy: Hillis wins Madden gig

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Cleveland finally has a championship to celebrate. Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of “Madden NFL 12,” the latest edition of the popular video game series. He beat Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the final, collecting 66 percent of the more than 1 million votes cast online. The winner was announced Wednesday Read More…

NFL: Scott Petrak’s Mock Draft

SCOTT PETRAK’S MOCK DRAFT 1 CAROLINA: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn … Panthers will be burned by this risky pick 2. DENVER: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama … John Elway’s first pick is solid 3. BUFFALO: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M … Bills pass on QB for one of draft’s safest picks 4. CINCINNATI: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Read More…

Strange day for Browns players: Three enter building but don’t stay long

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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 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…