Taylor: This, That & The Other (6/25)

THIS: A supplemental draft player of interest to the Cleveland Browns. THAT: A veteran player and a rookie headed in opposition directions on the depth chart. THE OTHER: GranthamWatch 2007 begins...

This, that and the other from the world of your Cleveland Browns:

  • The Browns are tossing around the idea of selecting Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver in the supplemental draft.  And by "tossing around the idea", we mean "they've discussed it, but, from the Browns' end, it's a highly unlikely scenario".  With Oliver's so-so workout this past Wednesday, he could possibly be had with a fourth-rounder.  That could make him more desirable to the Browns.  However, most front office personnel we've spoken with around the league don't expect him to last beyond the third round of the July 12 supplemental draft, and some are still of the belief that he will be taken in the second round.

  • There are some members of the offensive coaching staff who are of the opinion that Joe Jurevicius' days as a starter have passed, and that Tim Carter has the edge heading into training camp to be the starter opposite Braylon Edwards.  It wouldn't be a surprise, given how Travis Wilson is viewed within the organization, if Jurevicius tumbled to the fourth receiver spot at some point during the regular season, if not earlier.

  • Not to perpetually assault a deceased equine, but there are more than a few members of the Browns organization who feel that Isaac Sowells will compete for a starting spot this training camp.  It's felt that Sowell's injuries are behind him, he's healthy, he's becoming more and more comfortable playing inside, and is ready to make a run at the starting right guard slot currently manned by Seth McKinney.

  • There was a reason that Todd Grantham didn't get the Michigan State job, and it didn't necessarily have to do with the Spartan hiring committee shooting down his candidacy.  Let's just say that Grantham's contract extension had been in the works for many, many months, and that he's viewed as head-coaching material—NFL head-coaching material—by more than a few in the upper reaches of Berea.

  • The feeling around the league is nearly unanimous: If Joe Thomas and his agent look to match the contract of last year's #3 overall draft pick, quarterback Vince Young, the Browns and the Thomas camp will be looking at a long and protracted holdout.  And that's without even factoring in the standard 3-12% increase that agents normally seek from the same slot the year prior.

  • "If Thomas makes it into camp on time, it'll only be a matter of days—not weeks or preseason games—before he supplants Kevin Shaffer as the starting left tackle."  That's the view of one league insider, who also chastised the Browns for continuing the "charade" of Thomas being behind Shaffer on the depth chart.  "He will be the starter (at LT) from Game One, so why not get your starting line set from the get-go (at the start of training camp)?  It just doesn't make a lot of sense."


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