The Browns have hit a pre-planned lull in free agency. With players in-house for meetings, conditioning work and up-close and personal time with the new coaching staff, free agency has taken a logical step-back in team preparations.
Despite the lull, the organization is gaining a good look at the player roster, seeing if the evaluation missed anything on players in general, enabling the front office to strategize their next moves.
These activities taking place in-house are as important as to the on-field activities which will take place in Berea, which will run from April 16th through the 18th.
At this time the organization is expected to have a firmer grasp on the roster, as well as getting personnel on the field to begin the teachings of the new offensive and defensive schemes.
Also, leading up to and following the draft, the Browns are likely to again show interest in veteran free agent players to help fill voids on short-term deals.
What we have been told, what we know and what we are hearing throughout the league –
* TheOBR has learned the Browns have been playing out scenarios which could lead them to dealing down in the first round more than once, with the intent on receiving another first and second round selection in the 2013 draft. The Browns believe the draft is very deep in quality and depth, with the top-end of the draft being relatively equal overall with the later first round, into the second round.
* TheOBR has learned in the right scenario, the Browns are willing to trade a defensive lineman.
* TheOBR has been told the team has genuine interest in DT Sheldon Richardson, but the significance of interest and draft slotting are unknown at this time.
* TheOBR has learned if OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon) is on the board at number-six, the Browns are highly unlikely to pass on the pass-rushing prospect. The one scenario which could change the scope is a trade down, but Jordan is very enticing to the Browns and their goal to secure an additional high pick could derail a potential Jordan selection.
* TheOBR has learned as it stands today, if CB Dee Milliner on the board at number-six, the Browns will again investigate the trade options. The organization likes Milliner, but they would love to recoup a second-round draft selection in the process and they also have CB's Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant rated highly, if they choose to go CB in the first round.
* TheOBR has been told the Browns are very likely to bypass on QB Geno Smith if he is on the board at number-six. Specifically, the Browns intend on going with the QB's on the present roster to start, but may select a QB later in the draft, dependent on value. Additionally, the 2014 QB class has been initially evaluated as much stronger in quality and depth.
* TheOBR has been told by a very well-placed source that the Browns will not use the 6th pick in the draft on an offensive lineman. Despite liking OT's Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, as well as OG Chance Warmack, the belief is the team does not need a OT and Warmack, an OG is more of a luxury at number-six.
* OT/OG Kyle Long is being looked at if the Browns trade down in the first round and gain a second round selection. The quality play and his versatility intrigue the Browns.
* WR Keenan Allen remains in the sights of the Browns, but not with the 6th selection in the draft. Citing his size, strength, speed and quickness as major positives – his hand size (10.082) and ability to catch the ball with his hands, as well as yards after a catch impresses the Browns, especially in their offensive scheme.* Over the past week, theOBR has been hearing the Browns have spent additional time evaluating S Jonathan Cyprien.