Fast Lane: Around the Browns - Hearing the Browns................
- have had a positive experience with FA QB Vince Young and are likely to offer him a contract, barring any issues over the next couple days.
- have been impressed with Brian Hoyer coming off ACL surgery. Hoyer is dropping, planting and throwing very well. The serious off-season strength and conditioning regiment hasn't only been obvious with his lower body, as it appears the QB has gained velocity and distance on his throws.
- FA WR acquisition Andrew Hawkins has been an explosive presence in drills. As one member of the Browns noted, "That Hawkins kid is electric and a great fit for what we intend to do here."
- are getting into the practice sessions on the training field thus far under the new coaching staff. Players on the defensive side of the ball gravitate toward safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby. Both veterans have been vocal with the younger players while offering support and teaching.
- don't see themselves in the precarious position along the offensive line as many following the team indicate. As one member of the Browns staff tells theOBR, "You always look to create competition and improve, but we feel pretty good with the guys we have here."
- continue to be impressed with the development of offensive linemen Chris Faulk and Reid Fragel. The young linemen are described as being potential tackles for the Browns in the future.
- are very impressed with attitude and demeanor of center Alex Mack. Mack has come in after the Browns matched an offer sheet forwarded by the Jacksonville Jaguars without skipping a beat and is said to be optimistic about the changes within the offense thus far.
- have had numerous discussions regarding the WR's in the upcoming draft. Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are believed to be the top-rated players at the position for which theOBR has been told, "Both players are dynamic in different ways - they are different players. Watkins can take a short out or slant and go the distance at any moment, whereas Evans is that big receiver, hard to defend and can go up for balls down-field. In this offense, either player could play a significant role and it may come down to what flavor you prefer, a dynamic smaller guy or an explosive big-man."
- believe OT Zach Martin (ND) could project to be a very good OG.
- really want the player they select at number-four to be a player which will come in and contribute immediately. When asked about selecting a QB at number-four and having him sit, a member of the Browns staff tells theOBR, "that wouldn't be the optimum situation, but one we are willing to accept for the right player."
- have focused on RB's of late in solidifying their draft plan. Depth at the position is in question due to Dion Lewis returning from a broken leg and those on the depth chary behind FA acquisition not being deemed as starter type RB's.
- As one member of the Browns tells theOBR, "If you are asking me will we draft a CB, RB, OL, WR and QB -- I'd have to say your on to something."
- have spent significant time evaluating QB's not named Bridgewater, Carr, Bortles and Manziel - and have positive views of Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger, Tom Savage and Keith Wenning.
Of those named above, theOBR continues to hear the Browns have a keen liking to Garoppolo, Murray and Wenning and wouldn't be surprised to see one of the three selected by the organization.
- Now a name rarely mentioned, David Fales. A well-placed voice tells theOBR the Browns have been all over him.