Round Two Wrap Up

Browns take a pass rusher and wide out in round two.

BEREA — Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur said they are pleased with what the Browns have been able to acquire through two rounds.

Much like the additions of Joe Haden and T.J. Ward last year, Heckert thinks the additions of Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard have brought needed toughness to the defense.

"I think there's no question about that," Heckert said. "I think we've definitely added toughness to our defense."

Heckert said that Sheard was the top rated defensive end the Browns had on their board heading into the second-round.

"This kid plays hard, hard, but he can play the run and rush the passer," Heckert said. "He makes a ton of plays and that just jumps out at you.

"He's a good football player," Heckert said. "He was a guy we targeted a long time ago. He was a borderline first round guy, but he can get to the passer."

Shurmur agreed.

"He wasn't defensive player of the year for no reason," Shurmur said. "He's got some good skills and can help us.

"He can do a lot of things," he said. "He can overpower you. We think he plays well against the run."

Heckert said the character issues surrounding Sheard and UNC wide receiver Greg Little did not discourage the Browns from taking them.

"I've said it 100 times," Heckert said. "You have to weigh each case on its own merits. We passed on players because we didn't feel comfortable. We feel comfortable with these two players."

Notebook

Back to Lockout Status: With the Circuit Court granting a stay to the NFL Owners appeal, the lockout is back on. However, Pat Shurmur said the Browns were able to take advantage of the time they were able to communicate with the players on Friday.

"I think we took advantage of it because we were able to talk and communicate with our players," Shurmur said. "From that standpoint, it was positive, but now we're back in the lockout."


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