May 3, 2015

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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…

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…

NFL Draft: Shelton may be the run stopper the Browns need

Danny Shelton

Danny Shelton is almost guaranteed to be a first-round pick Thursday night. The top 10 is a possibility, and the Browns are a logical landing spot for the defensive lineman at No. 12 or No. 19. He will graduate from the University of Washington in June with a degree in anthropology, and earned the rare Read More…

Grayson could be QB target if Browns miss on Mariota

Garrett Grayson

A lot of time, energy and words have been used to explore every angle of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota possibly coming to the Browns. But what if he doesn’t wind up in Cleveland? The offseason discussion and at least one trade attempt for Sam Bradford suggest coach Mike Pettine, general manager Ray Farmer and owner Read More…

NFL Draft: Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree has bulk to go along with impressive speed

Alvin “Bud” Dupree has something most of the other top outside linebacker prospects don’t. Thirty extra pounds of muscle. Dupree is considered a riser in the draft process, and his 6-foot-4, 269-pound frame is a good chunk of the reason. The rest is what he does with that imposing body. He made the short trip Read More…

NFL Draft: Minnesota’s Maxx Williams brings wealth of potential as top tight end prospect

After only two seasons playing for the University of Minnesota and before he could legally buy a beer, Maxx Williams declared for the NFL Draft. He’s expected to be the first tight end taken Thursday night, sometime in the bottom third of the first round. The potential is obvious, but the question remains: Is he Read More…

NFL Draft: Veteran coach believes Westlake’s Jake Ryan has bright future in pros

Greg Mattison spent three years with the Baltimore Ravens coaching Ray Lewis, perhaps the greatest linebacker in football history. He was coordinator for one of the NFL’s best defenses that also featured Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott. Mattison, a 65-year-old with more than 40 years in the profession, coached Jake Ryan Read More…

Louisville WR Parker could be a catch for Browns in draft

Over his right shoulder. High above his head. Off the back of a defender. On the way out of bounds. Receiver DeVante Parker caught 33 touchdowns in 43 games at Louisville — he reached the end zone every 4.7 receptions — and they came in all shapes, sizes and contortions. “He has a great catch Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns GM Ray Farmer downplays trading up for QB Marcus Mariota, says he isn’t looking for “1 magic player” in draft

BEREA — Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg … The Franchise Quarterback. Browns general manager Ray Farmer said he won’t build his team and run his draft based on a “fairy tale.” “So I get that there’s this notion at times that there’s a silver bullet or there’s this one Read More…