OBR Daily Blog 5/2-16

Draft is over, Browns beef their defensive line and NFL back in lockout.


05/13
10:36 AM

Blips, Blurbs and Blasts: 32 Thoughts: Why should the Bills be in a hurry to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarter… http://bit.ly/kJq97Z

OBR Newswire updates for May 12th through May 13th
OBR Newswire on May 13th, 2011 AT 8:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 12th through May 13th:



05/12
11:59 AM

(Subscriber) Angelo is No Belichick in the Draft: The Chicago Bears were on their way to a terrific draft, but t… http://bit.ly/k4vcnh


05/12
11:59 AM

(Subscriber) Angelo is No Belichick in the Draft: The Chicago Bears were on their way to a terrific draft, but t… http://bit.ly/k4vcnh

OBR Newswire updates for May 3rd through May 11th
OBR Newswire on May 11th, 2011 AT 3:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 3rd through May 11th:



05/11
8:36 AM

(Subscriber) Lockout Chat: Let’s Talk Football: Contrary to popular belief, there is real on-the-field football … http://bit.ly/iZUYce


05/11
12:02 AM

(Subscriber) The Da’Quan Dilemma: A knee injury led to Bowers dropping like a rock in the draft. From a potentia… http://bit.ly/mEncDf


05/10
8:32 AM

(Subscriber) Garrard’s Hold on Starting Job Shaky: Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio says David Garrard is still the st… http://bit.ly/igAxtx


05/10
4:02 AM

Who You Got?: When analyzing Tom Heckert's draft day trade, a bit of a historical perspective is required. http://bit.ly/mwWizG


05/09
8:50 PM

Shurmur Talks to Fans in Canton: Browns head coach increasingly comfortable representing the team, despite the lockout. http://bit.ly/iiLHuR


05/09
10:49 AM

Don’t Ask Me for a 2012 Mock Draft Yet: I wrote a ton of content leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, including a t… http://bit.ly/jJGt84

You Believe in Karma, Right?
Don Delco on May 6th, 2011 AT 11:22 AM

During a conference call with Baltimore Ravens season ticket holders, general manager Ozzie Newsome said his biggest fear is Art Modell will get the opportunity to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after he dies.

Our friend, blogger Peter Pattakos of ClevelandFrowns.com, wants Newsome to stop talking about Modell for the Hall of Fame. I don’t blame him. Me too.

“If Browns Nation ever had to live through an Art Modell induction ceremony it would be the most painful and widely delivered "f*** you" moment in modern sports history,” Pattakos wrote.

I hope it never comes to that. If Modell never goes into the Hall of Fame, perhaps Karma is on the side of the Browns fans? For all the good Modell did for pro football, what he did to northeast Ohio and Browns fans everywhere in 1995 should not go unpunished.

If it does happen, perhaps good fortunates will finally bestow upon the Cleveland Browns. Heck, not much else can go against the Browns and their fans. The Steelers have six Super Bowl titles. Modell won his Super Bowl in 2000. Bill Belichick is considered a coaching genius. Player after player the Browns fail to draft go on to become Pro Bowlesr.

God may not be a Browns fan, but perhaps the concept of Karma favors the orange and brown.


Too Much of a Good Thing
Don Delco on May 5th, 2011 AT 11:31 AM

Yes, I love the Internet. Thanks to the World Wide Web, I have two jobs that I dearly love. The amount of information at my fingertips is exciting, daunting and a world I want to live in.

That being said, with so much Internet to fill, there are times I want to shut it down.

I get these feelings twice a year. First, when the NFL schedule is released. The days that follow are endless columns of someone breaking down a team’s schedule, game-by-game, and predicting a record.

Oh, with this record, Team A will for sure go 10-6. They can beat these teams, but they will definitely lose to these teams. Last April, these same prognosticators had the Browns — for sure — losing to New Orleans and New England.

Oops.

And now for the second group of Internet copy that drives me crazy. A mock draft for the next season, days after the actual NFL draft. Where to begin? There is this piece from SI.com that has the Browns drafting third in 2012 and taking Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

In order to do a mock draft for the next season so soon, you have to predict the order of the 32 teams and the needs. It is so mind numbingly dumb, pointless and a waste of time, I need to waste time writing about how much of a waste of time it is. Get it?

OK, to be fair, Perloff did this in 2010 and he had the Browns picking sixth and taking a wide receiver.

Still this is dumb, but I’m just grateful there is an avenue for me to display my distaste for such a piece of writing. I love the Internet.



05/05
9:10 AM

Fan View: Heckert on Stage: Not all the Browns needs were met, but fan commentator Emily Posts thinks the aggres… http://bit.ly/lqQwmU


05/05
9:01 AM

(Subscriber) Cameron Ready to Answer Call: OBR’s Brent Sobleski catches up with the Browns newest tight end. http://bit.ly/mIMhQU


05/03
9:41 PM

(Subscriber) AFC North: Who Had the Best Draft?: Baltimore went cornerback in Round 1. Cincinnati grabbed a rece… http://bit.ly/jjKObx


05/03
6:40 PM

The Three-Year Draft: Evaluating Tom Heckert’s draft is difficult. Figuring out his process is not. http://bit.ly/kX9nZK


05/03
6:36 PM

(Subscriber) Why Did Browns Draft Taylor, Little?: OBR’s Brent Sobleski breaks down Browns’ thought process on d… http://bit.ly/kAcBO8

Stay Classy, Steelers Players
Don Delco on May 3rd, 2011 AT 9:05 AM

Another offseason and another Steelers player doing something so embarrassingly douchey, it brings Browns fans much pleasure.

Last spring, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was battling sexual assault charges after he celebrated his 28th birthday in Milledgeville, Ga. in an extreme douchey style. Nothing says romance like the bathroom at a college bar.

Now, enter Roethlisberger’s running back, Rashard Mendenhall.

There are no words for this. I’ll just copy and paste his tweets (@R_Mendenhall) below:

“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”

“@dkeller23 We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style”

“There is not an ignorant bone in my body,” he said. “I just encourage you to [think].”


Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on May 2nd, 2011 AT 8:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 2nd from 19:32 to 19:35:


Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on May 2nd, 2011 AT 8:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for May 2nd from 19:32 to 19:35:


Holmgren, Heckert, Shurmur Press Conference Transcript
Don Delco on May 2nd, 2011 AT 11:49 AM

Browns President Mike Holmgren, General Manager Tom Heckert and Head Coach Pat Shurmur press conference 4-30-11

Pat Shurmur

(On if it is killing him not to be able to coach the new players right now)- "I don't know about that. We still got some work left to do with the draft. We had an opportunity to at least talk to all the players that we've drafted. We had those few hours the last couple of days to talk to the ones on the team. That's where we're at so as we move forward with the year, at some point something will happen."

Tom Heckert

(On tight end Jordan Cameron)- "I tell you, we're really excited about this kid. He obviously, he hasn't played a whole lot of tight end or football for that matter, but he's big, he's super athletic, he's got really good hands. As you watch him through the year, I know his production was not great, but when he did play, we thought he played very well. He played well at the all-star game, he performed well at the combine. We're excited. We thought this kid was a top athlete and we're excited about him."

Tom Heckert

(On fullback Owen Marecic)- "Obviously, Owen you know the whole story about him playing both ways. He's going to be a fullback for us. But he's a great kid. Super-hard worker. I don't know if you guys got a chance to talk to him, but he's a legit fullback. I mean he can lead block, he can catch the ball, he can run the football, but obviously his strength is blocking and catching. We think he's going to be a great special teams player. And I think Jordan Cameron will be a really special teams player too. He played a lot for Southern California. We think both of those guys will help us on offense and on special teams as well."

Tom Heckert

(On defensive back Buster Skrine)- "He's a kid that is super athletic and he can fly. He really can. He's a really fast kid. It's kind of an interesting story. I think he's had I think, four different position coaches, so I do think he can only get better. I really do. We're excited to have him. I think he can play outside, he can play inside for us. We think he's a good player that can run. That's kind of why we took him."

Tom Heckert

(On offensive lineman Jason Pinkston)- "We think he can play, probably if he had to, play left tackle, he could. But, he can play right tackle, he can play guard. I think anytime you can draft an offensive lineman that has that versatility, you're in good shape. He was another guy that we liked. We obviously traded both our sixths to get up to get and get him. Hopefully he comes in and plays well for us."

Tom Heckert

(On if versatility was a common thread today)- "It helps. I don't think it was a thing where we went in and said, ‘If this guy can't play two positions or whatever.' But no, it obviously helps. We talk about it all the time where especially if a lot of these guys are coming in as backups, if they can help you in any other way. If they can help you on special teams, it's just a huge factor. Where last year and I've been in situations in Philadelphia where you have guys that aren't playing because they're backups, but they're not playing on special teams, so they're sitting on the sidelines and that doesn't help anybody. Obviously the more you can do, the better off we are."

Tom Heckert

(On if any of the four players selected today was a surprise where they fell in the draft)- "I don't think it's really any of them. They're kind of where we thought we could get them and we took them.”

Pat Shurmur

(On trading up for Pinkston)- "We were looking at the teams that were picking ahead of us. We had projected teams that we thought were going to go offensive line. He was a guy we had targeted and we just didn't want to risk losing him."

Tom Heckert

(On if the Browns tendered Lawrence Vickers)- "We have not said any of those, so when the league year starts up, you'll know the situation."

Tom Heckert

(On the future of Vickers)- "We'll see when we get back to the league rules. You know once the league starts, we'll see."

Tom Heckert

(On projecting Jordan Cameron into an NFL offense)- "He played a lot. I mean he had 16 catches, but he played an awful lot. He really did. You see him do it. He obviously doesn't catch the ball every time he's on the field, but we made a cut-up just to have the thing and there's like 500 plays. This guy played offense for them."

Tom Heckert

(On drafting a tight end for the possibility of the future)- "I think so, but I'm not saying this kid can't come in here and help us this year. We like this kid. We think he's talented and there's been some receivers or tight ends in the past that have come out that have been basketball players or that didn't have as much. This kid's got a feel. This kid, he plays. I mean he's been on the field. It's not like he's a one year player. This guy has played football. I don't think we're looking at it as, ‘He's going to help us four years from now.' We hope he helps us this year."

Tom Heckert

(On concerns with Skrine's size)- "No. Obviously you want six foot guys if you can get them, but at the end of the day you have to draft good football players. Some guys are going to be a little bit undersized, but we like him as a player."

Tom Heckert

(On Skrine's speed and if he can play in and out)- "Yes, he can play in and out and he's fast, fast. He's a low 4.3 guy."

Mike Holmgren

(On what was different about this year's draft working with Tom Heckert in comparison to last year)- "I think that I made a decision early on that this was going to be Tom's draft along with Pat (Shurmur). Last year, I was probably a little more actively involved in it. I was in preliminary meetings of course and in meetings prior to the draft. But when it came down to selections, we talked about it. I was a part of the decision-making, but really this was Tom's draft. I think the overall draft strategy of the initial trade and then as you can see how we placed people, a priority on filling the roster a little bit without reaching. Without reaching, which is the trick in the draft. I think these guys did a marvelous job. I enjoyed this year's draft probably a little bit more than last year's draft. Look after working with Tom, actually working with him and then being with Pat for a while here, I have the utmost confidence in their ability to do a great job in the draft. While it's still fun for me, I kind of backed off a little bit.”

Mike Holmgren

(On if this is an ‘outside the box' draft)- "I wouldn't put labels on it. I really wouldn't. I think we have a way and Tom has a way of putting the thing together. We picked the best player available at the time at a position without reaching. That's the key to a draft. If you can be solid year after year, I don't think spectacular, but solid year after year and this is a solid way to do it. Then if you hit a spectacular pick, fine. But that's the way to build and clearly he's got a clear vision of this. The beauty of it is these two fellas worked very well together. Now the proof is in the pudding. We'll see down the road, but we're very, very excited and very, very happy with these picks right now."

Pat Shurmur

(On drafting physical players this year)- "I don't know about this team, but that's an underlying component to football in general. You like to have tough guys. Let's not ever undersell a guy's ability to play the game, but if you get tough guys in the building we feel like that's going to pay dividends."

Tom Heckert

(On his feeling about the draft)- "I think we're really excited. We really are. Like Coach (Holmgren) said, ‘Time will tell,' but right now on paper we're really happy. Everyone says before the draft while you're going through your process of who are the guys you want and you are probably going to take guys you have written down before the draft, but these are the guys that we really wanted. We're really excited about it and hopefully we made the right decisions, but we are very, very excited about it."

Tom Heckert

(On achieving the goal of finding six potential starters in the draft)- "If you can get six guys that can play and help your football team, that's great. Obviously we want all of them to come in here and help us, but if you hit six guys every year you are going to be in pretty good shape for a long time. Obviously, that's the goal and we think we did that, but we have to wait and see."

Tom Heckert

(On signing undrafted free agents this year)- "It's not going to happen so it's going to be a lot different. Once we pick the seventh pick we're done. Whenever that starts up, I guess it will be the same type of flurry, but you won't have the whole draft. You will probably be a little more relaxed and it will probably be a little easier at night because it is a hectic time right after the draft. I don't think it is a good thing because you want it to happen now, but it will probably be a little more relaxing to do that."

Mike Holmgren

"When it does happen down the road we can call it the ‘Super Flurry' because it will happen closer to the time that the season starts, but it will happen. We're ready for it whenever it happens, but it probably will be a little hectic in there for a while."

Mike Holmgren

(On it being a strange week for the draft with the lockout situation)- "I think our focus was on the draft. The cookie that the organization was thrown was the ability to get the players in here for a while for one day, phone them and get them in here. Then that was taken away, but we were fortunately in some ways still working on the draft and so we did what we could for a while, but now it is what it is and now we just continue to plan and wait for it for things to settle down a little bit."

Tom Heckert

(On if there will be more players in free agency)- "I think it could go both ways. Somebody that before the draft was thinking getting a position and they end up getting him in the draft. I don't think it's going to change much. It could work both ways."

Tom Heckert

(On if not having free agency after makes the draft easier)- "I really don't. When we are in the draft room, we are not really thinking about the college free agency even in a normal situation. You start thinking about those guys in the seventh round and that's when you think about, ‘If this guy doesn't get drafted, he is a guy we want to get.'"

Tom Heckert

(On focus being strictly on preparation for the draft)- "I really don't think it's much of a difference. I really don't."

Pat Shurmur

(On if Pinkston will start at tackle or guard)- "I think we will probably look at him first as a guard, but we think he's a guy that will have the ability to play tackle. As you see him on his tape he was a left tackle at Pitt, but we do feel that he is one of those flexible lineman."

Tom Heckert

(On if the extra time helps with signing free agents and being ready for it)- "We were ready before this whole thing happened so we were expecting it to start and it just didn't. Nothing has really changed in that aspect except for if we were considering doing something in free agency and we end up drafting a guy then that's probably a different direction. Other than that it hasn't changed a whole lot."

Tom Heckert

(On if there are still target areas to be addressed)- "If there are good player's we're going to try to get them. We don't know what the rules are or who's going to be available or not. If there's a player we think can help us, we will go after him."

Mike Holmgren

"It kind of shifted. Normally free agency sets up your draft just a little bit because you've dealt with some position stuff and maybe it gets you thinking a little bit differently in the draft. Now it's, to my way of thinking, it could be flipped. Not necessarily, but it could be flipped. So your draft fell a certain way, you've addressed maybe an issue you thought you had to address, and now maybe in free agency it doesn't become quite as critical. It's just kind of flipped. It doesn't have to work that way, but probably people are thinking about that a little bit."

Tom Heckert

(On if Cameron was the guy they wanted at the start of the day)- "He was 100% the guy we wanted. It's kind of funny, but there was a team that was going to take him right behind us, that was pretty close behind us."

Mike Holmgren

(On if he could dunk like Cameron when he was younger)- "No, the guy is a special athlete isn't he? Wow."

Mike Holmgren

(On if he watched the tape of Cameron)- "Yes I did. I told him when I talked to him now that he's out of there, my $10 bucks a month going to the school, I'm pulling it out of there. I'm done (joking)."

Pat Shurmur

"They do have a secret handshake though (joking)."

Mike Holmgren

(On what he sees with Cameron)- "I think he's a pup first of all. He has played as Tom mentioned, but his best years are clearly ahead of him. The guy was a basketball player, a very good one, and he adapted to the football game which isn't always easy for a basketball player at a very difficult position. The tight end position is a very difficult position. You have to have the skill of a pass receiver and the toughness of a lineman and they are asked to do a lot of things. He played against really high-level competition and he's really a good athlete. He's kind of lean at 250 lbs. There is a possibility of him getting a little bit bigger perhaps. The last thing is that he really wants to do this. He wants to be good at this and I like that type of attitude. I think there is a tremendous upside here for a young man who started off his life thinking he was probably going to play basketball."

Tom Heckert

(On Marecic will play linebacker at all)- "No. He's a really good fullback."

Tom Heckert

(On difference between Cameron and Evan Moore)– "I do think they are different. Evan played all receiver in college and this guy was actually lined up as a tight end. But size-wise, they are very similar. Athletes – Evan is a very good athlete too but just the way they play, I do think they are different. I think they are very good. Both of them are very good but I like the fact that if we want two tight ends, whether Ben is in the game or not, you've got two 6-5 guys. I just think adding another weapon to the offense can only help."

Tom Heckert

(On whether Skrine will return kicks)– "He's done it but right now, Josh (Cribbs) is our guy."

Pat Shurmur

(On how quickly young defensive linemen can play at a high level in their first year)– "We feel as though that is a position where a guy can come in and play, compete and really start in their first year. Every young player in the league, there's a little bit of a learning curve, but I think with those players, they have a chance to be up and running a little quicker than say, some other position like an offensive lineman or something like that."

Mike Holmgren

(On mentioning earlier that he wanted a home run hitter in this draft)– "When I made that statement, I was thinking of a couple guys. Because of how the draft fell, we did absolutely the right thing, first of all. Secondly, in Little, I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised if you don't know him very well. I think he is a young man who has a tremendous upside. A home run hitter isn't necessarily everyone going out for a long one. Yards after a catch and a receiver's ability to break a tackle and move after the catch can be a home run of sorts. This young man can do that. That is where one of his strengths is. I'm hopeful. We added to our receiver pile. I'll say this, too – I've said this and I've said this as long as I've been here – I think our receivers are underrated and I don't know if we know what they can be. Now we are going to find out because the offense we are going to run is a little bit more geared to getting the ball into their hands. So we will find out, but at this point, I think we have good receivers here and this young man is a nice addition to the group."

Tom Heckert

(On working with Shurmur during this draft)– "We had a really good time, we did. The way we have the draft room set up, we're not in their stressing. We have a good time. Obviously, when it's our turn to pick or when we are close, then we start but it's easy. I guess that is probably the best term for it. We all get along, we're all thinking the same thing, so it's just very easy."

Mike Holmgren

"They all like sushi, I don't like sushi. They've got platters of that stuff all over the place (joking)."

Tom Heckert

"That's the best part of the draft, bringing the sushi in (joking)."

Mike Holmgren

(On if not being as active in the draft was the reason for not drafting a quarterback)– "That was the one big fight we had in there (joking). No don't write that, I'm teasing. We didn't do that. I think philosophically, I always like to take a quarterback in the draft late. But that also had to make sense. This year, based on our roster needs and what we had and what we needed to do, we did the right thing. Now, are we finished adding to the quarterback pile? I don't think so but maybe we are, but I don't think so. I think we are going to try and figure out a way to get another guy in here but you do what you have to do when the draft comes up to make good decisions and Pat and Tom did that."

Tom Heckert

(On if there was a specific position he wanted to address but couldn't)– "I don't think so. We tried to do the best we could but if there was a guy – the tight end could be one of those guys – where someone says, ‘Maybe you didn't need him,' but this guy was so head and shoulders above anyone else and everybody was on the same page and said let's take him. We're happy we did.”

Tom Heckert

(On feeling bad for the guys not drafted because of the labor uncertainty)– "These guys that are not going to get drafted are going to be sitting there going, ‘What do I do now?" It will be different for them, there's no doubt."

Tom Heckert

(On if Cameron was head and shoulders better than anybody else at his position or on their board)– "On our board."

Tom Heckert

(On why he's excited about Cameron who did little in college)– "You keep saying that, but if you watch, he plays in every game. He had 16 catches so he didn't catch a ton of balls but he plays. I don't know how many routes we saw him run in a game, probably 40-50 every game. He didn't catch the ball every time but you see him do it and at the all-star games he was really good, so it was easy for us."

Tom Heckert

(On summarizing how the team was reshaped over past few days)– "I don't know if it's been reshaped. I think we've added good football players. We talked about the toughness factor but that's always been our goal. I think we proved that last year with Joe (Haden) and T.J. (Ward). I just think we got good football players. Obviously we helped our defensive line, which was a concern but we just think we got good football players to come in and help us. We needed to get some young players in here and we think we did that."

Mike Holmgren

(On advice for guys not drafted that will be in limbo)– "First of all, stay in terrific shape. If they fall into that category, then they've been watching drafts and they've been watching the procedures. Maybe they have friends or brothers or somebody that knows how it works. At some point, they just have to be ready to go. They have to be ready on a pretty short notice to deal with organizations. We can't do it now. That does not mean that if you fall into that category – and they know who they are, I believe they know who they are – they should just stay in shape, be ready to go and not worry too much about it other than the fact that there is a delay of sorts. Things will kind of clear up, I hope relatively quickly on the procedure. We'll just see, but that would be my advice to them."

Pat Shurmur

(On if he feels better about the roster than he did three days ago)– "I feel extremely good about what we've accomplished. We picked players that we feel like are going to have, in most cases, a chance to come in here and start and compete right away. We've got guys that we really feel good about and they are players we like. Coach made the comment that we didn't reach and we felt like if we came out of this draft with a lot of good players, we were going to get better. I think that is what we've accomplished."

Mike Holmgren

(On his thoughts about the first trade)– "I went into Tom's office many, many times and he when he finally said, ‘This is what I think I want to do.' It's a big deal because at pick six, there is going to be a good player there. About every morning I'd come in and I'd bang him a little bit for the only reason that I wanted him to make sure that this is what he wanted to do. It was absolutely the right thing to do for our team at this particular time. The trade was kind of an amazing trade when you count it up. Next year we've got a one and I believe a four and it's what we needed. The hard part for you and for my family and anyone else watching the draft is you get to six, ‘Who are we going to pick,' and you say ‘We're trading back to 27,' and everyone goes ‘Ugh.' You wait and you wait and you wait and you see players come off the board, that's the hard part. But it was the right thing to do, absolutely the right thing to do."

Mike Holmgren

(On trading for picks for next year's draft)– "There will be a draft next year. I heard someone say, ‘What if there's no draft?' Well, what if they take the air out of every football in the United States. Then we can all do something else, I guess (joking)."


Quotes from draft pick Eric Hagg
Don Delco on May 2nd, 2011 AT 11:47 AM

Quotes from Browns defensive back Eric Hagg 4-30-11

(On what he knows about the Browns)- "I really don't know too much. I know Larry Asante, my ex-teammate was there for a while and then he left, I think to the Buccaneers. Other than that, that's the only information that I know."

(On how it felt to get drafted and if he had any indication that the Browns would take him)- "I had no indication. I had a couple of other teams call me and say that they were possibly going to pick me up, but to actually get the call I was in awe. I was in shock. I didn't even believe it to be true actually."

(On what position he feels best fits him)- "The position I played at Nebraska was the nickel position. Most teams say it was the drop-down safety. I would assume that I would be able to play corner and safety, but it really depends on what the coaches want me to do and I will work at what they want me to do."

(On his playing style)- "My playing style would be close to the line of scrimmage, getting my hands on the receiver, running with them, being a little bit physical at the line and then being able to go after the ball when it's in the air."


Buster Skrine Conference Call Transcript
Don Delco on May 2nd, 2011 AT 11:47 AM

Browns defensive back Buster Skrine conference call 4-30-11

(On how he got the nickname Buster)- "Me and my dad have the same name and his mother started calling me ‘Buster' for no reason just as a nickname. That's how I got it."

(On running a 4.22 40-yard dash in college)- "I ran a 4.22 the summer of my junior year and I was running 4.2's that whole summer so I thought I was going to run a 4.2. When I came to the Combine I was looking for the same, but they had 4.37."

(On how he will fit in the NFL including special teams)- "I definitely want to contribute in the return game, both punt returns and kick returns, and on defense of course."

(On his 360 lbs. bench press in college)- "I bench pressed 360 lbs. when we maxed at school. The last time I max bench pressed was right before I left school and I got 360 lbs."

(On the type of cornerback he is)- "I am a tough corner. I play bigger than my height. I am fast, I can cover well and I am coachable."

(On if he has ever played against anyone who is faster than he is)- "No sir."

(On how he compensates for his lack of height)- "I just play bigger than what I am. The size thing doesn't really get to me so I see myself as a player just like any other player on the field. I go out there and play my game and try to play better than everyone else out there."

(On if he has been underestimated)- "Coming out of high school I was 5-7, 145 lbs. so I had a lot of Division I schools call me and come to my school and say they were going to offer, but they would leave not offering. Coming out of high school I had 11 Division I-AA offers and that's how that went.”

(On if he thinks he should have been drafter higher because of his speed)- "I prayed that God would put me in the best position so I am not going to complain about being a fifth-round pick at all. Before the draft I was getting a lot of three and four, but I am happy for where I am and I am just ready to get started."

(On what skills he has to play against taller receivers)- "I am definitely going to be able to run with taller receivers and I can jump so jump balls shouldn't be an issue. Also, I am physical and I have good technique so that helps me with the tall receivers."

(On anyone who he looks up to as a player)- "I really don't have any role models, but I can tell you who I like that plays and that was undersized. I like watching Asante Samuel. He is an undersized corner and he just seems to have the ball in his hand all the time."

(On working out or visiting with the Browns)- "I did a private workout with the Browns with coach (Jerome) Henderson."

(On the biggest adjustment from FCS to the NFL)- "It's probably the speed and people will be a little bigger, but I can make the adjustment. It shouldn't be any problem."

(On where his jumping ability and vertical ranked at the combine)- "I think it was ninth, maybe. I was looking to jump a little bit higher than 37 because during training, I was jumping 40-41 inches. I felt like I didn't warm up enough right before the jumps because that was our first event."

(On considering professional track because of his quickness)- "I've always been a football player so football has always been my number one goal to play professionally. In college, I ran on the 4×100 team and I was the anchor."

(On slipping while he ran a 4.37 at the combine)- "My second attempt, I actually slipped. It was about 10 yards out of my start and I stumbled so yes, I did."

(On what he would have ran at the combine without the stumble)– "4.2."

(On where he's at right now watching the NFL Draft)– "I'm in Atlanta, Georgia with my family, training."

(On his best time in the open 100)– "I haven't ran the open 100 in college and when I was in high school, I was undersized but I was a 10.7 100."


Jordan Cameron Conference Call Transcript
Don Delco on May 2nd, 2011 AT 11:46 AM

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron conference call 4-30-11

(On the type of football player he is)- "I will be a good football player for you guys. I am excited about this. This is awesome."

(On his video with Blake Griffin)- "We are good family friends. We played pickup basketball in the summer. We had this idea of showcasing my athleticism a little bit and getting my name out there and kind of market myself. It kind of evolved into this little skit with my agent being involved with it. It turned out pretty well."

(On what he will be able to bring to the Browns)- "I am pretty athletic. I can move pretty well and I have a lot of improvement to do, but I am willing to learn. I am excited to embrace this process as a tight end and get really into football and really serious about this with good coaching. I can create some mismatches with my athletic ability and stretch the field a little bit."

(On wanting to play in the NBA and giving up basketball)- "It really wasn't my dream to play in the NBA. I always loved playing football as a kid. I wanted to play both sports in college and it just worked out that basketball was there for me at that time and then I had an opportunity to play under coach (Pete) Carroll at USC and I took advantage of that."

(On if he is scratching the surface of his football ability)- "Yes, sir. I feel like I'm a tip of the iceberg guy and I've got a lot to learn but like I said, I'm willing to do so and I'm excited about my future in this league."

(On BYU being his best option coming out of high school)- "Yes, ma'am. At that time, I was a smaller guy. I didn't weigh too much. I was a late bloomer. I didn't have too many looks in football at all and I was playing basketball and they had that offer on the table. Like I said, when I had the opportunity to play for S.C., I took advantage of that."

(On credits from BYU not transferring and enrolling at Ventura Junior College)- "At BYU, you take so many religion classes. It's a private school with a lot of religion classes. It's an LDS school so they didn't transfer straight to S.C. so I had to get my AA degree in a year."

(On how big he is and how big he can get)- "Right now, I'm like 6-5, 250. I can add some weight. I've got a skinny frame. I can get up to 260 and still be able to move pretty well."

(On if he is surprised that the Browns found him after a short football career)- "Not at all. I think people are a good judge of talent and see that I have the athletic ability to make a difference at this next level with coaching. Like you guys are talking about, I have limited experience in the football aspect of things so they can help me with that and they can kind of see what I can be able to do in the short future."

(On if he came to Ohio for a visit)- "I did not."

(On if he has talked to Mike Holmgren)- "I just talked to him on the phone about 20 minutes ago."

(On if he had talked to Holmgren before then)- "No sir."

(On who he talked to from the Browns before the draft)- "I talked to a regional scout at the combine and that was it. It was a short, 10 minute interview just getting my background information, kind of what they do with all the players that they talk to."

(On if his basketball skills can translate to football)- "I think they definitely translate. At the tight end position, they like to use hybrid, tight end-basketball guys. It's moving in space and in basketball, you do a lot of that. You're in space, you have body control jumping for balls and moving laterally. I think the sport definitely transitions well into football."



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