May 29, 2015

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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…

Browns Notes: GM Ray Farmer taking wait-and-see approach with QB Johnny Manziel, says didn’t include him in trade offer

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer is taking a wait-and-see approach with quarterback Johnny Manziel, who recently completed a 10-week stay at a rehab facility. “We support the young man, he took steps that he needed to take,” Farmer said Thursday during his pre-draft news conference. “We’ve realized that he’s a part of our organization Read More…

NFL Draft: Clemson’s Vic Beasley puts up impressive numbers in games and workouts

The combine numbers should come with a napkin to collect the drool. Especially for a team, like the Browns, looking for an impact pass rusher. Clemson’s Vic Beasley (6-foot-3, 246 pounds) ranked among the top performers at linebacker in every measured drill. He ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a linebacker-best 6.91 3-cone drill and a Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine leaves door open for possible trade for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine’s smile was wide as he answered. “Sure,” he said. “Why not?” The question: Are the Browns open to trading up in the draft for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Browns have been, and continue to be, connected to Mariota because general manager Ray Farmer is believed to rate him highly, Read More…

Browns: Joe Haden sees “something different” in friend Johnny Manziel following rehab; coach Mike Pettine says Manziel remains in team’s plans

BEREA — Joe Haden considers Johnny Manziel one of his closest friends on the Browns. Haden is convinced Manziel has changed following a 10-week stay in rehab. “I had a heart to heart with Johnny yesterday,” Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, said Tuesday. “He’s one of my good friends. I could tell he’s motivated. I Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel attends start of offseason program; Tashaun Gipson reportedly skips

Tashaun Gipson

Quarterback Johnny Manziel was there. Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson wasn’t. The Browns’ offseason program began Monday, the first day players were permitted to work out with the team’s strength coaches. Players weren’t available to reporters and the team didn’t release an attendance report, but a source confirmed Manziel participated. It was expected after Read More…