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(UPDATED) NFL Scouting Combine, Day 3: Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater says he’s best QB in draft, trying to pack on the pounds

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS – Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater believes he’s better than Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and all the other quarterbacks in the draft. “Yes, no doubt,” Bridgewater said today at the scouting combine. “I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft. I’m not just going to sit up here and say it. There’s obviously actions Read More…

Dueling QBs: Johnny Manziel says he’s ready to change his lifestyle; Blake Bortles casts himself as the anti-Manziel on and off the field

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came up short in the measurement Friday, but that was inevitable. He was a shade under 6 feet, his official listing: 5-11¾ and 207 pounds. That’s 5¼ inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Perhaps bolstered by the tape measure, Bortles also tried to Read More…

Report: Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh; team issues statement that doesn’t deny it

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INDIANAPOLIS — Apparently the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. And it was a corkscrew. Profootballtalk.com reported this afternoon the Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh, citing multiple league sources. A deal was in place that would’ve sent multiple draft picks to Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Scouting Combine, Day 2: Central Florida QB Blake Bortles contrasts himself with Johnny Manziel, says he’s “trustworthy, won’t embarrass organization”

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles portrayed himself as the anti-Johnny Manziel this afternoon at the NFL scouting combine. “All I know is that I’ll be trustworthy, I won’t embarrass an organization off the field by making any bad decisions or anything like that,” Bortles said. “I won’t embarrass my family’s name, and will Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer wants players who’ve made mistakes in life and learned from them

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDIANAPOLIS — The background check on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel isn’t clean. Just the way Browns general manager Ray Farmer likes it. “It’s hard to think you’re going to win football games and somebody is not going to have a little bit of dirt underneath their fingernails,” Farmer said Thursday at the scouting combine. Read More…

Combine Notes: Former bosses Rex Ryan, Doug Marrone give Mike Pettine strong endorsements

Rex Ryan

INDIANAPOLIS — Rex Ryan took Mike Pettine under his wing and oversaw his rise through the coaching ranks. So Ryan, the Jets’ coach, was asked Thursday at the scouting combine what the Browns are getting in Pettine, who was hired as head coach Jan. 23. “Not much,” he said, looking, like usual, for a laugh. Read More…

(UPDATED) NFL Scouting Combine, Day 1: Browns GM Ray Farmer looking for winning, smart, accurate QB, doesn’t think he needs to come at top of draft

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions during a news-conference Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDIANAPOLIS — Browns general manager Ray Farmer is keeping his plans for free agency and the draft to himself. The recently promoted head of the football department met with local reporters for about 23 minutes this morning at the scouting combine inside Lucas Oil Stadium. He wouldn’t say if he’ll use the franchise tag on Read More…

Live updates from NFL Combine

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Browns have plenty to watch at NFL combine

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS — The scouting combine will again be the setting for the introduction of a new Browns regime to the rest of the NFL. For the second straight year, the Browns arrive at the unofficial start of the offseason with a new head of the football department and a new coach. First-time general manager Ray Read More…

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles would be good fits for Browns, but he has questions about all 3

Experts say Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will be among the first five players drafted into the NFL.

The NFL’s scouting combine must be this week. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spent nearly three hours on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon previewing the event that gets bigger every year. The combine, in fact, begins Thursday in Indianapolis, officially kicking off the draft season. Mayock believes it’s too early to predict Read More…