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(UPDATED) 2014 NFL Draft: Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens picked in fourth round by Dallas Cowboys

Iowa linebacker and Clearview graduate Anthony Hitchens catches a ball during a drill at the scouting combine in February. (AP photo)

BEREA — When Jerry Jones gives you a personal call on draft day, it’s a safe bet you’ve made it to the NFL. That’s what happened to Clearview graduate Anthony Hitches on Saturday. The Iowa linebacker was selected in the fourth round with the 119th pick of the NFL Draft. “I really didn’t pay attention Read More…

Browns analysis: New general manager Ray Farmer had a plan, refused to let anything make him deviate from it

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer talks about the 2014 draft at the NFL football team's facility in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Elvis has entered the building. He wasn’t joined by any receivers. After three days of trades, picks, reports, no-comments and huge emotional swings in Cleveland, the NFL Draft concluded Saturday night. The Browns opened the marathon with fireworks — cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round — then moved Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir in the fourth round

Pierre Desir

BEREA — The Browns added more depth at cornerback on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Cleveland selected Pierre Desir out of Division II Lindenwood University in the fourth round with the 127th pick, its first Saturday. “I think the NFL has shown there is a lot of small-school guys who can go in and Read More…

Browns first-round picks Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert meet media

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel sat at the podium and looked like any other draft pick. He wore a big Browns hat that didn’t match his suit and tie and politely answered questions. But Manziel, aka Johnny Football, is unlike any previous Browns player. He’s part-celebrity, part-playmaker and he’s all Cleveland’s after being selected Thursday night Read More…

Browns don’t draft wide receiver despite Josh Gordon’s possible suspension, Nate Burleson’s injury

BEREA — Staring at a possible indefinite suspension for All-Pro Josh Gordon and with free agent pickup Nate Burleson nursing a broken arm suffered in offseason workouts — the projected starters at receiver — the Browns ignored wideout with their three picks Friday night on the second day of the NFL Draft. The Browns could’ve Read More…

Brian Dulik: Euphoria never lasts long in Browns Town

The Browns knew the risks involved when they drafted Josh Gordon in the 2012 NFL supplemental draft. Gordon also understood what was at stake, but if reports are true he apparently didn’t care. Those reports from ESPN and NFL Network say the Pro Bowl wide receiver is facing suspension, possibly for the entire season, after Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns trade back into 3rd round, select highly productive Towson State RB Terrance West

Terrance West

BEREA — Cleveland moved back into the third round and selected Towson State running back Terrance West with the 94th pick. The Browns gave the 49ers fourth- (106) and sixth-round (180) picks to grab West and give them added depth behind free agent addition Ben Tate. “It means a lot, it means that they wanted Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Iowa LB Christian Kirksey in 3rd round

Christian Kirksey

BEREA — Cleveland went back to defense in the third round. The Browns added depth at linebacker, selecting Christian Kirksey of Iowa with the 71st pick tonight. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound senior is listed at outside linebacker, but said he expects the team to move him inside. He started inside his sophomore year and made the Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Nevada OL Joel Bitonio in 2nd round

Joel Bitonio

BEREA — Despite possibly losing their star wide receiver for the 2014 season, the Browns stayed the course during Day 2 of the NFL Draft tonight. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio out of Nevada with the 35th pick to strengthen its offensive line. He was taken with the third pick of the second round. Read More…

ESPN Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon faces indefinite suspension for another failed drug test

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP File Photo/Colin E. Braley)

BEREA — Browns fans had less than 24 hours to enjoy the first day of the NFL Draft that included the selection of quarterback Johnny Manziel. With the second round set to start tonight, ESPN reported Browns All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon could face a second suspension after failing a drug test for marijuana. The report Read More…