FA and Draft Quick Tidbits

Numerous teams seek to move up in the draft to select one of the two/three high quality offensive left tackle prospects.

We get in-depth in the "Ask the Insiders" and TAP forums, the purpose of this column is quick, one sentence type tidbits on what we hear, what we know.

With that short and sweet explanation, here goes……………

- In bringing former Buffalo Bills WR David Nelson, the Browns are doing their due diligence to gauge the health of the player – coming off ACL surgery. The Browns are interested, but have been lukewarm in committing to players coming off injury in free agency to this point in time.

- With needs at FS and possibly ILB, the Browns have shown limited interest in FA CB Kerry Rhodes and ILB Karlos Dansby.

- With players now in-house working out as a team, the coaching staff and personnel department are getting an up close look at the talent. This period will assist the organization regarding whether they ‘need' to ink additional FA players.

- The Browns coaching staff is making it a point to enable QB Brandon Weeden. The belief is Weeden was reeled in and wasn't playing the game loosely or confidently, as he did at Oklahoma State.

- Once veteran QB Jason Campbell agreed to come to Cleveland, the Browns immediately rekindled a couple small fires and moved QB Colt McCoy as quickly as they could. The move was a simple one, cap savings, didn't want to pay him the salary he was set to receive, wasn't viewed as a true team player and did not have the physical skill-set wanted.

- From the discussions I have had in recent days, if the Browns can gain a 2nd round draft selection, while trading down no more than a handful of slots, they will trade down from number-six.

- Numerous teams seek to move up in the draft to select one of the two/three high quality offensive left tackle prospects.

- The Browns are looking at QB's in the draft, but do not intend on selecting one with the 6th selection in the draft, at this time.

- A significant amount of time has been spent researching the following QB's – Zac Dysert, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib, E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith. Any of the first three players listed could land in Cleveland.

- The Browns like the quality and depth of interior offensive linemen in the draft. At number-six, don't expect an OG Chance Warmack selection.

- OG's Larry Warford (Kentucky) and Dallas Thomas (Tennessee) have gotten considerable looks from the Browns.

- The Browns like WR's Tavon Austin and Keenan Allen, but at #6 is looking unlikely.

- Tyler Eifert is widely regarded as the top TE prospect in the draft – in Cleveland, the number-two TE prospect is Vance McDonald of Rice – keep McDonald in mind, as he is an exceptional receiver that has the speed and quickness to get down the field/

- Due to the need for a starting quality number-two CB opposite Joe Haden, the belief has been the Browns would want to select CB Dee Milliner from Alabama. The Browns like Milliner plenty; the Browns also believe there are eight CB's in this draft that have starter ability.

- Three safety prospects to remember that the Browns have evaluated extensively -- Bacarri Rambo from Georgia, J.J. Wilcox of Georgia Southern and D.J. Swearinger of South Carolina.

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