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The Latest From Browns Town

The Latest From Browns Town

What is New in Berea?

Outside of an embarrassing segment on a morning talk show radio (accusing Browns’ players of frequent drug use), the Browns have relatively been out of the news since the draft has ended. I am excited to hear that the rookies are ready to take the field, and a veteran will be able to participate this season without any contract issues. On the other hand, the 500-pound elephant in the room reared his ugly head. Let’s look further into the recent happenings.

Thumbs Down to Gordon 

In an unsurprising move, wide out Josh Gordon’s appeal back into the league was denied. It’s rough and probably unfair – but at this point, Gordon has not taken a regular season snap since 2014. It is time to cut the cord and move on from this disastrous supplementary draft pick made several years ago. I wish the Browns had drafted another wide receiver a few weeks back (as they could use another talented weapon in that group) – but now they have to hope that Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis, or Jordan Payton step up in their second season.

Crowell Signs Tender

Fortunately, running back Isaiah Crowell inked his restricted free agent tender (at a second round price) a few days ago. 2017 will likely be a “prove it” deal for the rusher – and if he parlays this into a sizable contract with the Browns, then I will not complain. Odds are that he will be the primary runner this season; I anticipate that he will continue to run well for the team.  I would hope he can accumulate over 1,000 yards on the ground in 2017.

Minicamp Begins for Rookies

Sure they are just wearing shirts and shorts with their helmets at this time of year – but at least Myles Garrett, Jabril Peppers, and David Njoku (to name a few) will be on a field together representing the Cleveland Browns. Obviously I will not be able to watch these practices directly, but I would hope to hear about positive reports coming out noting how these guys appear to be much faster, stronger, and bigger than their predecessors. If Deshone Kizer is light years ahead of schedule as to where Cody Kessler was a year ago – that would not be a bad thing either.

Conclusion: We all know that real football does not begin for several months – but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing going on for the orange and brown. The rookies are getting a taste as the work environment, in addition to some good and bad news relating to a pair of veterans.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in NFL Draft, Offseason, Players

 

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The Rest of the Draft – What Can Come from these Guys?

The Rest of the Draft – What Can Come from these Guys?

Some Expectations for Rounds Four thru Seven 

Well, the Browns made many selections on the third day of the draft last week. What will come about will differ greatly from one guy to the next; hopefully most will be able to produce for the orange and brown. Let’s break down several of the athletes taken by the Browns after round three.

Joe Schobert and Scooby Wright III

There’s a good chance that this pair of linebackers will be on the field for special teams each and every game. Additionally, there is an outside shot that Wright can challenge Demario Davis and Christian Kirksey for playing time in the inside spots. Meanwhile, Schobert is versatile and might play some downs inside and could shuffle outside to help with the team’s pass rush. The odds of producing for these guys are great, however it appears to be 50/50 (or less) if they can appear with the defense.

Jordan Payton and Rashard Higgins

Initially, I believed that both wide outs that were taken in the fifth round were long-term projects with a slim chance of success. Then I watched some film and noted their production. If Payton can play the role that Miles Austin did two years ago, the reliable possession receiver who can move the sticks, then the Browns can classify this pick as a hit. Meanwhile, Higgins is a bit smaller in frame – but runs smoother routes and can turn and run with the football. I would like to think he could be the third or fourth option for this team (depending on how Ricardo Lewis develops). Both will be given a shot to play for the offense – it will come down to executing in their roles. I honestly feel that at least one can be a cog with this offense for years to come.

Derrick Kindred and Trey Caldwell

Caldwell was a “need pick” at cornerback, but will likely fall into the category of special teamer (at least to start out the 2016 campaign). The Browns would love to see him take over a starting spot in 2017 or 2018, but Caldwell will have a boatload of work prior to that occurring. I am hesitant to believe he can be a first-team cornerback down the road. Kindred is a safety and should compete with Ibraheim Campbell, Jordan Poyer, and Rahim Moore for playing time. Will he be tremendous in coverage, or is Kindred a physical safety who will stand out? Just excelling at one of those things can put the rookie on the fast track toward the starting lineup.

Conclusion: The Browns took multiple athletes who can contribute on the field immediately. Will they be a part of a unit that is one of the best in the league? The odds are against it, but (like many things Browns-related) I will hold out a bit of hope. However, if the front office actually hit on these picks (and found the diamonds in the rough) – then this might be the beginning of something great.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in NFL Draft

 

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