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NFL Draft, Day 3: Browns GM Ray Farmer sticks to his plan, builds foundation, defends not drafting a QB

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer picked 12 times during the three-day NFL Draft marathon that concluded Saturday night. He went defense seven times and offense five, finally taking his first receiver in two years — Washington State’s Vince Mayle in the fourth round. He raided the Pac-12 for seven players. Farmer was content with Read More…

Browns Notes: Fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell excited to learn from fellow safeties Donte Whitner, Tashaun Gipson

BEREA — Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell was Academic All-Big Ten four years while he majored in economics. He can’t wait to keep learning with the Browns. He was the first of three fourth-round picks Saturday at No. 115 and will join starting safeties Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson. “I know that they’re a great secondary Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Draft, Day 3: Browns finish weekend with 12 new players, end WR drought by taking Vince Mayle in 4th round

BEREA – Stop the presses! The Browns drafted a receiver. After 10 rounds over two years, general manager Ray Farmer took his first receiver, Washington State’s Vince Mayle, in the fourth round at No. 123. Mayle (6-foot-2, 224 pounds) began college as a basketball player before transferring to Washington State. He was highly productive in Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Draft, Day 2: Browns add pass rusher Nate Orchard, RB Duke Johnson and DE Xavier Cooper

BEREA — The Browns continued to move through their list of needs Friday night in the second round of the draft. It didn’t include quarterback or receiver. The night did have two trades, one to start things in the second round and another to wrap up festivities at the end of the third round. Fixing Read More…

NFL Draft Notes: Browns NT Danny Shelton dismisses slow 40 time, says he can play on all downs

BEREA — Danny Shelton agrees the 40-yard dash is an important tool for judging certain athletes. Just not nose tackles. “I think it’s super-important if you’re a track star,” he said Friday at a news conference introducing him and fellow first-round pick Cameron Erving. Shelton, the No. 12 pick Thursday night, ran a 5.64-second 40 Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Draft: Browns take Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton, Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving in 1st round

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BEREA — The Browns drafted Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton to stop the run. He showed Thursday night he can also sack the commissioner. Shelton, who added a Browns hat to the traditional Samoan lava-lava he was wearing at the NFL Draft in Chicago, gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a giant bear hug on stage. He Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns’ draft off to a smart start

Tampa Bay grabbed Jameis Winston with the top pick in the NFL Draft, while Tennessee chose fellow quarterback Marcus Mariota at the second spot. The Browns, on the other hand, opted to stay out of the arms race — and played it safe with their first selection Thursday night. University of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton Read More…

Report: Browns think they have good chance to trade for Eagles QB Sam Bradford

The Sam Bradford-to-Cleveland rumors won’t go away. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King provided the latest one early this morning. King wrote: “One NFL source in Chicago late Wednesday night told me Cleveland believes it has a good chance before the draft to deal for Bradford.” The conjecture is based on the Browns’ desire for an upgrade at quarterback, Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns have a lot of options and a lot of needs … and a general manager who can’t afford another miss

Trade up to take a quarterback in the first round for the third time in four years. Sit tight at Nos. 12 and 19, take the best defensive lineman and pass rusher available and try to win with defense. Surround whoever plays quarterback with as many playmakers as possible by adding a receiver, running back Read More…

Browns Analysis: GM Ray Farmer must make serious effort to land QB Marcus Mariota

Browns general manager Ray Farmer should offer the Nos. 12 and 19 picks to the Titans for the No. 2 selection in Thursday’s draft. (ESPN had conflicting reports today over whether that’s happened). He needs to try to land Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. He better have been sending out a smokescreen when he said last Read More…