OBR Daily Blog 3/28-4/3

The tourney has been a nice distraction, but the arrival of April means it's draft time!

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(Subscriber) Jennings Wants a Chance: The versatile Arkansas State defensive back, who is projected as a late-ro… http://bit.ly/gtIDVP

8:08 AM

Browns Seek Cornerback Upgrade: Team has not ruled out taking another corner high in the NFL draft. http://bit.ly/fgUTnN

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(Subscriber) Troubled Tar Heels Still Have Talent: One of the most anticipated Pro Days on the entire schedule, … http://bit.ly/hrVJvZ

6:22 AM

No One Laughing at Mike Brown Now: Bengals owner voted against recently-expired CBA, five years later, others wi… http://bit.ly/fs8xyz

Browns Host Draft Party (The OBR will too)
Don Delco on March 31st, 2011 AT 3:45 PM

Below is a release from the Browns regarding their free draft party on Thursday, April 28. We will give you all the information in an objective manner.

Soon, we will announce our own drafty day party plans. Look for that early next week.

For now, here is what the Browns are doing:

The Browns will open the gates of Cleveland Browns Stadium to all fans for the 2011 Draft Party on Thursday, April 28. Admission is free and the event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. The party will feature appearances from Browns alumni, in-stadium interactive exhibits, live entertainment and complete first round NFL Draft coverage.

The event also includes a special Select-A-Seat experience, allowing fans to walk the stadium and hand-pick their season tickets from the best available inventory, including seats in the Club Level and Dawg Pound. For more information, contact the Browns event hotline at 877-6-BROWNS or visit www.ClevelandBrowns.com. The 2011 Cleveland Browns Draft Party is in association with Cleveland Clinic, WMMS, Huntington, Pepsi Max and Bud Light.

The NFL Draft will be conducted over the course of three days with the first round being held on Thursday, April 28, starting at 8:00 p.m. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday, April 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30 at 12:00 noon.

The Browns currently have eight selections in the 2011 draft, including three of the first 70 picks. The Browns hold their own selection in rounds 1-6. They also own a sixth-round pick, which was obtained from Denver as part of the Brady Quinn-Peyton Hillis trade, and a seventh-round compensatory choice. Cleveland's own seventh round selection was dealt to Seattle, as part of the Seneca Wallace trade.

Cleveland Browns Stadium Feeling Blue
Don Delco on March 31st, 2011 AT 3:43 PM

April is Autism Awareness Month and, as a result, the Cleveland Browns have announced the stadium will join more than 500 other structures like Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, New York City’s Empire State Building, Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando and Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center and will light up in bright blue.

This is the second annual Light It Up campaign for Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.

Individuals interested in ways to participate in LIUB should visit www.LightItUpBlue.org.

12:09 PM

RT @OfficialBrowns: Madden cover update: Peyton Hillis leads by less than 1,000 votes over Matt Ryan. Vote thru Sunday. http://es.pn/i1fqjx

11:45 AM

(Subscriber) Fantasy Football Could Be a Nightmare: If there is no football in 2011, then there is also no fanta… http://bit.ly/fr2nh6

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(Subscriber) Draft Analysts Unite: OBR’s Brent Sobleski polls the nation’s top draft gurus to obtain their opini… http://bit.ly/fAysHk

7:05 AM

(Subscriber) Kearse Creating Buzz: The small-school defensive tackle talks to The OBR about his rising draft stock. http://bit.ly/edun5W

11:00 PM

Intentional Hounding: DEs, QBs Trending: From training camp to the Super Bowl and all the offseason activity, In… http://bit.ly/fxPzer

2:48 PM

Scout.com Mock Draft: Dalton a Panther: In the latest installment of Scout.com’s mock NFL Draft, Andy Dalton get… http://bit.ly/dTWSiG

Colt McCoy, Snake Handler?
Don Delco on March 30th, 2011 AT 10:43 AM

The fine folks over at The Big Lead posted a photo of Browns starting quarterback Colt McCoy holding a five-foot snake.

McCoy recently tweeted the photo with the following caption:

“And here was my surprise waiting for me under the truck as I was loading the boat back up..”

Click HERE to see the photo. It’ll make you feel much less of a man. I know it did for me.

OBR Newswire updates for March 28th through March 30th
OBR Newswire on March 30th, 2011 AT 8:00 AM

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Browns to work out Kaepernick
Don Delco on March 28th, 2011 AT 2:31 PM

The Cleveland Browns will workout Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the beginning of this week, according to The Orange and Brown Report’s draft analyst Brent Sobleski.

At 6-foot-4 5/8, 233 pounds, Kaepernick has the look for an NFL-caliber quarterback, but his arm strength and accuracy are questions marks. In four seasons at Nevada, Kaepernick started 49 consecutive games and completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards with 82 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

He was a four-year starter for the Wolfpack and he currently is the only quarterback in Division I history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 and he is the only quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

“There is plenty of potential still waiting to be unlocked in Kaepernick,” wrote DraftBreakdown.com’s Gil Alcaraz. “He has been electrifying throughout his college career and has done a great job of improving every year. If he can stay on track and continue to improve, he could easily be one of the better quarterbacks to come out of this 2011 class in the long-run.”

Sobo’s Take:

An interesting candidate since Kaepernick is not a traditional west coast caliber prospect – far from it. He comes out the Wolfpack’s famed and innovative pistol offense, which is predominantly an option offense with a maximum of one or two reads in its passing attack. Kaepernick has run for more than 1,100 yards the past three seasons (1206 in 2010). In four seasons, the signal caller has improved each year in passing accuracy (64.9 percent as senior), and his touchdown to inteception ratio is impressive, 81/24.

Kaepernick’s career and single season numbers are comparable to the likes of Cam Newton and Tim Tebow. Then, the quarterback showed promise at the Senior Bowl making all the throws while displaying anticipation and accuracy with his throws, despite an akward and somewhat elongated delivery. He has a fantastic raw slate of potential as a 6-foot-5 224-pound quarterback that runs about as well as any other in his class (4.56 40-yard dash). He has a big arm, teammates regale about catching his rockets in practice while he continually improved his overall touch.

Scouts and coaches love Kaepernick on the chalkboard and in meeting rooms. He is bursting with potential to develop over a season or two but is likely to go off the board in rounds two or three.

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OBR Newswire on March 28th, 2011 AT 8:00 AM

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