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Mock Draft Thursday

Feb 26, 2015 -- 7:39am

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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As part of ESPN Cleveland’s Path to the Draft, and in preparation for Tony Grossi’s Mock Draft every Friday, here are the best and the worst of what the so-called “experts” are predicting the Browns will do on Thursday, April 30th along with analysis of the players they think the Browns will draft.

 

DANIEL JEREMIAH – NFL.com

-       Posted February 25th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Shelton is an ideal fit in the physical AFC North.”

#19 – Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong

“Strong answered all questions about his speed with a fantastic 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. His ball skills are excellent.”

 

CHARLES DAVIS – NFL.com

-       Posted February 25th

#12 – Alabama WR Amari Cooper

“Cooper is smooth and has big-time versatility.”

#19 – Kentucky OLB Bud Dupree

“Dupree shows flashes of big-time ability. Browns head coach Mike Pettine and his staff will work on getting that out of Dupree consistently.”

 

SHAUN KING – Yahoo Sports

-       Posted February 25th

#12 – Washington NT Danny Shelton

“Shelton is the best player available and he fills a need. After the major logo change (insert joke here) the Browns finally generate some good news.”

#19 – Minnesota TE Maxx Williams

“I fully expect Jordan Cameron to leave in free agency, so TE becomes a major need for the Browns. Williams has rare open field quickness for a guy his size. Williams gives them a better chance to be successful, no matter who starts at QB in Week 1.”

 

DANE BRUGLER – CBSSports.com

-       Posted February 24th

#12 – Kentucky DE Alvin Dupree

“Dupree's length, agility and closing speed stand out on tape and his comfort playing out of a two- or three-point stance will attract multiple suitors. Better yet, his traits translate into production against quality competition, as Dupree is the SEC's active sack leader.

Dupree doesn't come without some red flags. Despite adding 15 pounds of muscle to his frame he must get stronger. His production has come while splitting duties between defensive end in a 4-3 alignment and as a stand-up outside linebacker, versatility some scouts find intriguing, but others question if favorable matchups booster production for the star rusher.

Dupree emerged the past two years in Mark Stoops' highly aggressive scheme that has previously made collegiate stars out of several pass rushers he coached at Florida State, most of whom have struggled to duplicate their success in the NFL.”

#19 – LSU OT La’El Collins

“There are two basic truths evaluators have grown used to when scouting LSU - for one, the team will be loaded with talent. Second, the talent is so rich so that the best players rarely use all of their collegiate eligibility before leaving for the NFL. Unlike many of his former teammates, Collins elected to return for his senior season despite the fact that he reportedly earned a first round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

Collins certainly did nothing to harm that grade in 2014, putting forth yet another dominant campaign at left tackle for the Tigers and following that up with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.

Collins earned immediate playing time for the Tigers as a true freshman, playing in seven games at left guard. He took over the starting position a year later, leading the team in total snaps (846) and knockdown blocks (64.5) while earning Honorable Mention honors from the AP. Collins made the switch to left tackle as a junior, earning second-team All-SEC accolades from league coaches and posting another 65 knockdown blocks despite missing one game (Furman) due to injury.

Collins possesses a square-ish build that makes him appear better suited to guard. His combination of surprisingly light feet, bullish power and competitiveness could earn him Pro Bowl nods. He's quick enough to remain at tackle for power-running teams, which only makes Collins that much more valuable in the eyes of scouts.”

 

PAT KIRWAN – CBSSports.com

-       Posted February 24th

#12 – Iowa OT Brandon Scherff

“NFL scouts value Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's pupils as they generally play with grit and excellent technique and are as reliable in the passing game as they are when run blocking. Iowa's program has been an offensive line factory since Ferentz took over in Iowa City, but the Hawkeyes haven't had a draft pick at the position the past two years.

That will change with Scherff, a 6-foot-5, 320 pounder who scouts view as the most pro-ready offensive linemen in the 2015 draft due to his size, strength and versatility. Perhaps because of his broad-shouldered, powerful frame, Scherff has been pegged by some as a possible guard-convert. Unlike many of the other collegiate tackles who may be asked to make this move in the NFL, Scherff has already seen action there, starting at left guard as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He slid outside to left tackle in 2012 and other than missing some time due to injury, hasn't missed a beat since, culminating with a spectacular senior campaign in which he was named a consensus All-American and the Outland Trophy winner as the nation's best lineman.

While scouts love Scherff's toughness, technique and power, he isn't considered a blue chip talent who surely will earn a top five selection. Scherff doesn't possess elite foot quickness in pass protection and more importantly, comes with medical red flags after twice sustaining injuries to his right leg that required surgery to correct.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

”After signing with the local Longhorns as one of highest regarded prep prospects in the country, Brown emerged as an important cog in the rotation as a true freshman, recording three or more tackles in five of his last seven games. Brown started all 13 games in 2013, lining up mostly at nose tackle for the Longhorns' multiple defensive front and recording 68 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. He earned consensus All-American honors and was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award (top defender) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) in 2014, recording 64 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks over the regular season.

Brown has the size, athleticism and production to warrant early round consideration and projects especially well as a penetrator in a 4-3 alignment rather than taking on two-blockers as he was often asked to do at Texas.”

 

PETER SCHRAGER – Fox Sports

-       Posted February 23rd

#12 – Louisville WR DeVante Parker

“Parker's name was a bit lost in the Kevin White show last week in Indianapolis, but he had quite a Combine performance, too. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and jumped 36.5 in the vertical jump. He looked like a top-15 guy and the left foot that was injured for much of the 2014 season€” looked fine. Josh Gordon isn't walking on to that field anytime soon. Though there's no clear word on who the Browns quarterback will be, Parker is a stud at wideout. A potential true No. 1. Great get at 12th overall.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“A 6-2, 320-pound run stuffer, Brown could be an immediate plug-in guy on Mike Pettine and Jim O'Neil's 3-4 defense. I think Cleveland would love to pick up a stud pass rusher at 19, but if Bud Dupree and Vic Beasley are off the board, Brown could be the right guy here. Brown's got real man responsibilities, as he has a 4-year old stepdaughter and a 6-month-old daughter. He's all about football and doing his job. That'll be welcomed in Cleveland.”

 

DON BANKS – Sports Illustrated

-       Posted February 24th

#12 – Louisville WR DeVante Parker

“With Josh Gordon suspended and Jordan Cameron a potential free agent, getting more options in Cleveland’s passing game is an obvious priority. With four receivers likely to go in this year’s top 20, the Browns can’t run the risk of waiting until their No. 19 selection to find a receiver.”

#19 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“Having secured their much-needed pass-catcher at No. 12 in Louisville’s DeVante Parker, the Browns turn their attention to their woeful 32nd-ranked run defense and select one of the draft’s safest bets to upgrade the interior of their line.”

 

MATT MILLER – Bleacher Report

-       Posted February 24th

#12 – Texas DT Malcom Brown

“With pick No. 12, the Browns are in a good position to beef up the defensive line. Phil Taylor had a nice career for a short time, but he's not a long-term plan at nose tackle. Malcom Brown can be with his 6'2", 319-pound frame and surprising quickness and burst from the 0-technique position. He can also bump down and play a shade technique if needed in a four-man front.”

#19 – Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong

“Jaelen Strong was not a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs at pick No. 18, but he's an ideal fit for the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 19. That's because he's a deep threat with limited yards-after-catch skill underneath. The Chiefs want to dink-and-dunk; the Browns want to hit home runs. Strong is a home run hitter.

Strong has the size (6'2", 217 lbs) and speed (4.44) to take the top off the defense. He's a little stiff in his stem (where his route breaks) at times, but is enough of a straight-line guy to burn past defenders and then attack the ball in the air downfield.”

 

And for all of you QB-crazed fans, here’s this week’s Mock of a Mock Draft:

Justin Byram – Redskins Writer & Draft Analyst for HogsHaven.com (SB Nation’s Redskins Website) and The Son of Washington Redskins Blog. SB Nation posted Justin’s mock draft and the following thoughts that he had for how the Browns first round would turn out.

#12 – THERE’S BEEN A TRADE…

5. TRADE: Cleveland Browns: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

“With Johnny Football rehabbing, and Brian Hoyer on his way out, the Browns select their 3rd first round quarterback in 4 years. The Browns swap the number 12 overall selection with the Redskinsas well as giving the Skins an additional second and third round pick to select the Oregon signal caller. The latest savior of Cleveland: Marcus Mariota.”

#19 – Oregon DL Arik Armstead

“Arik Armstead looks like a tree, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. Armstead stands at 6'7 290 pound defensive lineman was made to be a 3-4 defensive end. A former basketball player, gave up the hardwood because he like the physicality of football. Armstead's ceiling is enormous, and is capable of become an Aldon Smith type talent if properly developed.”

 

 

 

ESPN Cleveland Goes Mobile

Feb 16, 2015 -- 10:04am

 

The Cleveland sports hub announces an iOS app to stay in touch on the go

CLEVELAND (February 16, 2015): For the first time ever, ESPN Cleveland’s host of web and radio content is accessible to fans anytime, anywhere, on their mobile devices. ESPN Cleveland’s iOS app is available for free in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPads. The app features include a live stream of ESPN 850 WKNR and 1540 KNR2, along with content from Tony Grossi and other ESPN Cleveland personalities. In addition, ESPN Cleveland’s podcasts are now available in a mobile format on-demand.

“We understand Clevelanders are on the go and we’re so excited to launch this app and make it easier for fans to catch up on the latest news from ESPN Cleveland,” said Good Karma Brands Vice President and ESPN Cleveland General Manager, Keith Williams. “This is the first release of our mobile app, and we look forward to continuing to develop it to bring fans the content they want to see.”

Features of the app include:

  • Live streams of both ESPN 850 WKNR and 1540 KNR2
  • Podcast feeds for local shows
  • Blogs from local analysts, including Tony Grossi, Bruce Hooley and more
  • Social media feeds from relevant Cleveland sports personalities, players and teams
  • Links to ESPN Cleveland’s on-air schedule and events schedule

The ESPN Cleveland app is available for free in the Apple App Store.

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RBS Super Bowl Recipes

Jan 30, 2015 -- 8:43am

 


By The Really Big Show | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Kulas Kielbasa & Kraut in crockpot

Serves 8

Ingrediants:

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 lbs kielbasa (2 kielbasa)

  • 2 (32 ounce) packages sauerkraut

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 stick of butter

Dice 1 onion and caramelize
 
Drain and rinse sauerkraut well
 
Mix browns sugar with kraut well
 
Slice kielbasa
 
Combine all ingredients well in crock pot
 
Place chunks of butter on top of kraut. Does not need mixed in.
 
Cook on high 2-4 hours.

 

 

Jayro's Nachos

16oz bag of blue corn tortilla chips

Can of black beans

1 heirloom tomato diced

Goya Adobe seasoning

Chili powder seasoning

12 oz jar mild salsa, 4 oz sour cream

4 cups of mild cheddar cheese

Season ground beef 3/4 pound

2 seasoned and pulled chicken breast

*Make sure u fully cook chicken and ground beef in a pan I recommend using coconut oil to brown and grill the meat with the suggested seasonings

 

 

 

 

American Football is not just a fringe sport in London

Jan 29, 2015 -- 1:50pm

By Jerod Cherry | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Editor’s Note: ESPN Cleveland’s Jerod Cherry recently traveled to London to serve as a studio analyst for Sky Sports’ coverage of the AFC Championship game. In the following piece, Jerod explains how the United States' most popular sport is covered in the UK.

It turns out that we Americans share much more than a common language with the citizens of the United Kingdom.  Just like us in America, a large number of people in the UK are avid sports fans who, in similar fashion to us in America, love and cannot get enough sports programming.

As a part of my participation in the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp, I had the opportunity to visit the Sky television network's compound/village.  From my observation, to label the Sky network studios as massive might be an understatement.

I was really impressed, in particular, by the amount of effort and energy dedicated to the production of sports programming on the Sky network campus. Get this: there is an entire multi-story building dedicated to just the production of sports programming!

I was given a tour of the Sky network facilities by Karl Baumman, Sky’s American Football producer. A moment for pause is needed because I was under the impression that "American Football" was just a fringe sport in the UK, and having a producer whose day-in and day-out responsibility is to produce NFL programming is very noteworthy!

From my observations at Sky — and later at a pub — I learned first-hand that American Football is not just a fringe sport. It turns out that there are multiple games televised in the UK on Sky Sports, and there is a large NFL following made up of UK citizens and not just ex-pats (American citizens living abroad not to be confused with former Patriot players like myself!).

While at a pub one night, I had several discussions with an Englishman and his neighbor, who is an ex-pat and who by happenstance is from Boston and is a Patriots fan. Needless to say, we hit it off immediately! It is amazing how an affinity for a sports team can make perfect strangers bond immediately.

During our conversation I was told by the ex-pat that he has been living year round in London since 2000 and during that time he has watched the NFL grow significantly in popularity, and his English colleague validated his assertion.  I also learned that playing football and not just watching it is very popular amongst university students in the UK.

(On a side note, pub food is awesome. However, if you go into a pub in order to order your food, you have to be the aggressor and place your order at the bar. I learned this from the Englishman, who could tell that my wife and I were going to starve if we kept waiting to be served. When at a pub in the UK  I recommend that you have the fish and chips — they are all that and then some!)

Somehow, the Englishman and I got into a discussion about championship trophies and the difference between a Cricket world championship trophy and a Super Bowl ring. After our discussion, my wife and I ended the evening with the Englishman helping us hail a cab.

 

 

 

Cause For Alarm

Dec 05, 2014 -- 4:36pm

By Greg Brinda | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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It really doesn't matter who starts at quarterback for the Browns Sunday. That we are actually having this discussion tells the story.

For the umpteenth time since the early 1990s, the state of the quarterback position here in Cleveland is in flux.

That is not a good thing.

What that tells you is that the team is struggling.

Now we have seen a lot worse. I chronicled the quarterback dilemmas some time ago. It wasn't pretty.

Brian Hoyer is struggling. Everyone can see that. He certainly hasn't helped his case the last three games.

Now he has co-conspirators in the matter. But no one cares about that. He's the field general and the buck always stops there.

The loss of Alex Mack has been tough. Jordan Cameron's absence has taken away a crucial weapon. And the return of Josh Gordon has not helped as much as everyone would like. Gordon has a ton of talent. He's been targeted a lot the last two games but he doesn't finish plays and a number of times he and Hoyer have not been on the same page.

And for some reason, Hoyer has lost his touch. I do believe he is still concerned about the knee and has refused to run on some obvious running situations.

Now the Manziel Mafia has been waiting in the shadows for months.

Some want Manziel in there no matter what.

Some believe he will be the second coming and take the team to the promise land.

Some just believe that the team just needs a change.

I have no idea how Johnny will do as a starter.

I am not as optimistic as some of you are.

Maybe he will be the savior.

The Browns are 7-5 and technically still in the playoff hunt. I don't think this is a playoff team.

This team lacks depth and injuries are taking its toll.

And we are now uncertain about the quarterback.

All that adds up to is a mess.

And like I said the reality is ugly right now.

But heck, we should be used to it. It's been going on for a long time.

 

 

 

The Tree Doesn't Lie!

Oct 17, 2014 -- 6:17pm

By Greg Brinda | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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We are all excited about our Browns this year. For the first time in a very long time there seems to be some legitimacy with this team. It has been a long time coming.

We are focused on Mike Pettine and his coaching staff. We are focused on how this group of players are performing game in and game out. So far the accolades are going to Ray Farmer and who is in charge in the here and now.

But the assembly of this team started a long time ago. Five different administrations have had something to do with this. That's right five!

Now we know the last four hierarchies had their issues. A lot of them. But to be fair, all that have been involved need to be given some credit.

Joe Thomas arguably anchors the offensive line. Give credit to Phil Savage. Thomas was the team's first round pick.

Ahtyba Rubin has been solid on the defensive line for 7 years. Again give credit to Savage. Rubin was the team's sixth round pick in 2008.

Sunday the team lost a rock at center in Alex Mack. You can give credit to the George Kokinis-Eric Mangini combo for that one. Mack was a first round pick in 2009.

All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden came to be in 2010. Now we can debate how good Joe really is. But he is really good and anchors the defensive backfield. Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert were the pickers that April.

2011 brought Phil Taylor in round one. Jabaal Sheard was picked in the second round. Jordan Cameron, the team's best receiver at the moment, was picked in round four. Starting cornerback Buster Skrine was selected in round five. John Greco, Craig Robertson, and Christian Yount were also acquired in 2011. Heckert and Holmgren get credit there also.

The Heckert-Holmgren platter also ordered up draft picks Mitchell Schwartz, John Hughes, Travis Benjamin, and Billy Winn in 2012. All those players are significant contributors.

2012 also saw the boarding of Tank Carder, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, John Bademosi and Tashaun Gibson. They also play a big part in what the Browns are doing.

And last but not least, Josh Gordon, who was picked in the supplemental draft in 2012. We do know how good Gordon is when he is actually on the field.

In 2013 Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi got their turn.

Barkevious Mingo was the team's number one pick. Of course the jury is still out on him. Armonty Bryant is now out with knee injury. We know he was pretty good on the defensive line. Waiver wire picks Eric Martin and Jordan Poyer were added.

Free agents also played a big role in 2013. Gary Barnidge, Desmond Bryant, Bill Cundiff, Paul Kruger and Spencer Lanning came aboard.

And I did mention... no I guess I forgot. Some guy by the name of Brian Hoyer found his way back to his hometown.

And finally we know the story of 2014 starting with the Johnny draft.

So this is not make a case that all who came before this group who is in charge were perfect and geniuses. They were not.

But in the big scheme of things those who were running the club starting in 2007 played some role in where the Browns are now.

Let's just hope, Farmer, Pettine and company can bring it home.

We will see!

 

 

 

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