Tag:Cleveland Browns
Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:23 pm
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Eagles add another playmaking WR, Lions now up

Earlier today I was asked to compare Jeremy Maclin to an NFL receiver and I described him as a better version of Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson... Looks like we'll see how that comparison holds up, with the Eagles taking the versatile playmaker in a trade up.

The Lions are now on the clock and are in position to take the OT Michael Oher, if they'd like. The Lions are also in real need of a DT, so watch out for Peria Jerry or Ziggy Hood. The ILB Maualuga makes a great deal of sense, as well... ILB might be the team's biggest area of weakness, but teams are up and down on Maualuga, whose off-field concerns are significant.

Instead the Lions take Brandon Pettigrew, who gives the Lions an immediate target over the middle and a stout, physical presence as a blocker in the running game...

Perhaps I should have listened to my own advice. Most of my "safe" picks are flying off the board right now, whereas potential character concerns (Oher, Maualuga, Harvin, etc) are slipping...

The Browns -- AGAIN -- are on the clock and should consider Beanie Wells at this spot. Just too much talent at this point.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:13 pm
 

Broncos Take Ayers, Browns Up Again

Had to run to do another radio spot, but am back... The Broncos added a pass rusher, but not one of the USC linebackers I had mentioned. Tennessee's Robert Ayers is an interesting player, whose inconsistency throughout his career I find a bit disturbing. There is no denying his upside, however, and he fills a clear area of need for the Broncos.

The Browns have played the board beautifully so far and have three players available to them at #19 that many would have thought they'd consider at #5 -- WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Beanie Wells, and OT Michael Oher -- who is the unofficial "winner" of the last man standing in the Green Room...

The Browns are moving down again and the Eagles are now on the clock. This could be the RB, Wells... 
Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:56 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Houston takes Cushing, SD surprises, Cleveland Up

The Texans chose a USC linebacker as had been long projected. Cushing gives the club immediate flexibility, and more importantly, size at the outside linebacker position.

The Chargers, as they have consistently done to me, made the first pick of players I did not project in the first round. English has good burst off the snap as a defensive end, but will obviously be making the transition to the 3-4 rush linebacker position for the Chargers.

English was impressive at the Senior Bowl, but was never placed back in space while in Mobile, something I would have liked to have seen...

The Cleveland Browns are now on the clock and I believe are going to take WR Jeremy Maclin with this pick. RB Beanie Wells and OT Michael Oher makes sense, as well, but Maclin is the best player available and has the speed to compliment (or replace) Braylon Edwards.

Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:42 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 4:46 pm
 

Seahawks take Curry, Jets trade up for Sanchez

As expected, the Seahawks took linebacker Aaron Curry with the 4th pick. The Browns were on the clock -- but traded to the Jets
 
Looks like the pick, instead, will be the New York Jets taking Mark Sanchez... An aggressive move by the Jets, but one that was necessary considering their lack of talent at the QB position.

The Bengals are now on the clock.

The Bengals have multiple needs. They'll have to consider Michael Crabtree, especially with the loss of TJ Houshmandzadeh and the antics of Chad Ochocinco. Other areas of concern are BJ Raji and OT Eugene Monroe. There is even talk they make take a pass rusher like Brian Orakpo or RB Beanie Wells.

Ultimately, however, I believe the team has locked in on Alabama OT Andre Smith with this pick. 
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:00 pm
 

Brian Orakpo Flying to a City Near You?

One of the more enjoyable aspects of this gig is talking to some of the high profile players on their "Road to the Draft." I've been fortunate to follow Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Texas defensive end/outside linebacker Brian Orakpo throughout the Combine, Pro Day, NFL Draft experience and tried to highlight some of the highpoints in a series of articles on their journey.

The third of the four-part series with Brian Orakpo was posted today, but with so much going on, the article is a little difficult to find.

For those interested, here is a link to copy and paste for Brian's take on the numerous private workouts and team visits he's had over the past month. He's flown all over the country (Denver, Washington, Houston, Kansas City, and Cleveland) over that time and has gave me some interesting details on differences with how some teams chose to work him out.

The phone call he received from Gil Brandt is an interesting one, as well...

Check it out:  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/
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Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:00 pm
 

Brian Orakpo Flying to a City Near You?

One of the more enjoyable aspects of this gig is talking to some of the high profile players on their "Road to the Draft." I've been fortunate to follow Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Texas defensive end/outside linebacker Brian Orakpo throughout the Combine, Pro Day, NFL Draft experience and tried to highlight some of the highpoints in a series of articles on their journey.

The third of the four-part series with Brian Orakpo was posted today, but with so much going on, the article is a little difficult to find.

For those interested, here is a link to copy and paste for Brian's take on the numerous private workouts and team visits he's had over the past month. He's flown all over the country (Denver, Washington, Houston, Kansas City, and Cleveland) over that time and has gave me some interesting details on differences with how some teams chose to work him out.

The phone call he received from Gil Brandt is an interesting one, as well...

Check it out:  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/
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Posted on: April 24, 2009 7:20 pm
 

OT that slips by STL could keep slipping...

It is generally assumed that the St. Louis Rams are going to take one of the top tackles with the second overall pick. The consensus is that the pick will be either Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe.

The tackle not selected by the Rams could take a serious tumble down the board, according to the latest rumors circulating throughout the league.

The Chiefs will consider one of the tackles, especially Monroe, I'm told. However, most believe the Chiefs have locked in on either Wake Forest linebacker or LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson with third pick and will allow either tackle to continue to slide past.

Seattle also has concerns along the offensive line and are thought to be higher on Jason Smith. Still, they seem to be focused more, at this point, on USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Curry, should he remain available.

Cleveland, is obviously set at left tackle with young Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, but may consider one of the tackles for the right side. The fifth overall pick on a right tackle seems is pretty steep, however, especially when insiders suggest the Browns are locking in on either Sanchez or Boston College defensive tackle BJ Raji.

Cincinnati would seem like the logical landing point for the tackles, but I'm told offensive line coach Paul Alexander loves Andre Smith and wants to take him over any other tackle in this draft. Few teams take their position coaches' opinions into account more than the Bengals, and it isn't difficult to understand why, considering the success the Bengals have had in developing several quality (non-first round) offensive linemen over the years, including Eric Steinbach, Stacy Andrews and Andre Whitworth, among others...

The Raiders certainly need help along the offensive line, but I'm told Al Davis is going to devote much of the draft towards acquiring weapons for JaMarcus Russell... I'd argue that protecting his blindside would be a good way to towards helping Russell out, but the Raiders think differently than most teams on draft day and seem to be leaning towards a receiver...

The Jaguars could be the first realistic option for the falling tackle -- and even they are certainly no lock considering the fact that they signed Tra Thomas in free agency... Watch out for a small trade up from Green Bay (#9) or San Francisco (#10) who would each welcome the falling tackle on their team.

Considering the tackle passed by St. Louis at #2 could be available this late, some lucky team may be poised to be one of the few top ten drafting teams to actually get a bargain on draft day.
Posted on: April 12, 2009 7:50 pm
 

Veteran Trade Talk "Heating Up"

The upcoming draft has already been hugely impacted by the recent trades of veterans Jay Cutler and Julian Peterson.

Sources within the league tell me that several more veteran trades could be on the horizon with talk between clubs "heating up" over the past few days.

Among the names being tossed about are Cleveland wide receiver Braylon Edwards and quarterback Brady Quinn, Buffalo offensive tackle Jason Peters, Kansas City running back Larry Johnson and Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson.

The Giants, according to the source, are strongly considering making an offer for Edwards as a replacement for Plaxico Burress. Speculation has it that the Browns expect a first and third round pick for the former #3 overall pick.The Giants own 10 picks in the 2009 draft, including two picks in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rounds.

Speculation has been rampant that the Denver Broncos would be a possible destination for Brady Quinn, should the Browns elect to trade him, but I'm told that the New York Jets are another possible destination for Quinn. The Browns are thought to be enamored with USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez and could be in position to nab him with the 5th pick of the draft.

With Terrell Owens already creating a distraction in Buffalo, the rumor in scouting circles is that the Bills are getting increasingly fed up with the antics of disgruntled offensive tackle Jason Peters and may be on the verge of shipping the young star elsewhere should they receive a suitable offer. Among those potentially interested are the Rams, Jaguars, Bengals and Eagles. The Eagles, owners of the 21st and 28th picks of this year's draft, are reportedly working the phones already in an effort to move up for one of the top young tackles, but may find the trade for the veteran more palatable.

The talk around Larry Johnson has been quieter than others, but call this one a hunch... Scott Pioli will not end the first day of the draft with only one player. The Chiefs currently own only one pick on the first day -- the 3rd overall -- due to the trade for quarterback Matt Cassel.

Finally, don't rule out a trade of franchised cornerback Dunta Robinson out of Houston, either. The discussions between Robinson and the team have been increasingly frosty, I'm told, and the Texans are in prime position, with the 15th pick of the draft, to take their pick of the top cornerbacks. Many, including I, have projected Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins with this pick, but there is increasing talk that Connecticut's Darius Butler is also a consideration should Houston elect to take a cornerback to either pair with or replace Robinson.

 

 
 
 
 
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