Adam Caplan: hi all
<Brownsfan91171> Hey there Adam, so what did you think of the Browns draft?
Adam Caplan: I thought the Browns did well
Adam Caplan: Martin Rucker was a nice value
Adam Caplan: and based on Kellen Winslow's injury history and contract status, I can see the move.
Adam Caplan: Plus his addition will enable them to flex Winslow out wide
<nudawg> Adam, do you share Savage's affection for Paul Hubbard?
Adam Caplan: NU: Developmental WR with a big frame and a big upside
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, now that the draft is done, what do you think of the Browns chances to win the division?
Adam Caplan: BR: Same as it was before
Adam Caplan: I'm picking them to win it
<ramllov> Adam, How long can Kellen Winslow play for the Browns? Wear and tear?
Adam Caplan: RAM: No way to know that but the addition of Rucker gives them insurance
Adam Caplan: Hubbard will most likely be on the practice squad of if he surprises, he'll replace Wilson on the active roster
<nudawg> Adam, do you think the Browns need a reserve DE or two? Savage seems to think not.
Adam Caplan: NU: One more DE
Adam Caplan: yes
Adam Caplan: they got Rubin who will play NT
Adam Caplan: so they have depth there now
Adam Caplan: with Shaun Smith and Shaun Rogers
Adam Caplan: But they have to clear up some cash to sign a veteran CB
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, will the DE come from UFA or veteran released?
Adam Caplan: BR: Not sure, too early to tell
Adam Caplan: I'll do my analysis before 6/1
Adam Caplan: I do an annual article on players who could be cut
Adam Caplan: it's rare these days
Adam Caplan: to see many names of note
<ramllov> Adam, can Andra Davis be a cap casualty?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I highly doubt it
Adam Caplan: they have no depth to begin with
<nudawg> Can Rubin play DE in a pinch?
Adam Caplan: NU: That remains to be seen
Adam Caplan: I'd think they may try him there in training camp
<ramllov> Adam, where do they find the necessary cap money?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Restructures
Adam Caplan: is usually the move
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, I have heard good things about Ahtyba Rubin being a very good NT, your take?
Adam Caplan: BR: High motor, upside
<jevanoff> Adam how do Babatunde Oshinowo and rubin compare
<jevanoff> both 6th rd picks
Adam Caplan: JEV: Rubin has a little more size
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, are we getting in cap hell?
Adam Caplan: BR: Not really but they have enough to sign their rookies but not much else
<ramllov> Adam, why did the Browns pick their seventh round pick instead of Vince Redd, OLB, Liberty?
Adam Caplan: RAM: As noted before the draft, he was well less than 50-50 to be drafted by the Browns
Adam Caplan: My understanding is they didn't talk to him before the draft
Adam Caplan: which meant even less of a chance
Adam Caplan: because of the off the field issue
Adam Caplan: The Patriots got a decent report on him and called to sign him 5 mins after the draft
<amore> Do any of the Browns UDFA's impress you?
Adam Caplan: AM: A few have a good chance to go on practice squad
Adam Caplan: But I don't see any making the roster
<nudawg> Why did Savage renegotiate Rogers' contract. Seemed to me he was being paid well.
Adam Caplan: NU: They couldn't take that contract
Adam Caplan: as it was
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, what is your take on the other AFCN team drafts?
Adam Caplan: BR: BALT did well
Adam Caplan: as did PIT
Adam Caplan: CIN got a lot of young WRs
Adam Caplan: who will need time to develop
Adam Caplan: I like the Rashard Mendenhall pick
Adam Caplan: they needed a power RB
<amore> What do you think of Beau Bell?
<dhohenshil> Is Beau Bell the hammer they need?
Adam Caplan: AM/DH: Bell will transition to ILB in the 3-4 well
Adam Caplan: despite playing in 4-3
Adam Caplan: in college
Adam Caplan: he has good size, hands, tackles well
Adam Caplan: he plays faster than his listed speed
<amore> Any concerns about BB's injury history?
Adam Caplan: AM: His timed speed dropped
Adam Caplan: him
Adam Caplan: that actually made him a good value
Adam Caplan: where he was taken
<FunkyDawg> How did WE do, in your opinion?
Adam Caplan: FU: Fine
Adam Caplan: I never grade drafts, complete waste of time
Adam Caplan: But as far as addressing what they could with the picks, I thought they did well
Adam Caplan: They had to get a ILB
Adam Caplan: And as I said before the draft, getting a OLB wasn't as important as many thought
Adam Caplan: the pass rush should be better
Adam Caplan: with the additions in free agency
<ramllov> Adam, how high did you rate Beau Bell, top five ILB?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Hard to say, he's scheme specific
<amore> How does Beau Bell compare to Jerod Mayo?
Adam Caplan: AM: Can't compare them really
Adam Caplan: Mayo is a true ILB
Adam Caplan: Bell has a bit more size
Adam Caplan: What I like about Bell is he's physical
Adam Caplan: that's what they need badly
Adam Caplan: at ILB
<ramllov> Adam, can A. Rubin, NT, be the sixth defensive linemen on the active roster this season?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I expect him to make the roster
Adam Caplan: may or may not dress
Adam Caplan: several factors go in to that each week
<steelersblow> Hey Adam, what do you see Bell contributing this year?
Adam Caplan: ST: 4th ILB for now
Adam Caplan: then if he progresses, could start
Adam Caplan: wouldn't be a surprise at all
<jevanoff> will Darnell Dinkins be cut?
Adam Caplan: JEV: Depends if they want to keep 4 TEs or not
Adam Caplan: that will be decided in camp
<Brownsfan91171> With drafting Rubin, will we see Rodgers play mainly DE?
Adam Caplan: BR: Nah, they want him playing both
Adam Caplan: and he's probably good at doing both
<ramllov> Adam, the Browns need a veteran CB and a veteran DE, and maybe Al Wilson, ILB?
Adam Caplan: RAM: They don't really need a ILB
Adam Caplan: as badly as you think if Bell pans out
Adam Caplan: Lets see how he does in camps
Adam Caplan: leading up to training camp
<jevanoff> Any news on Gary Baxter or LeCharles Bentley?
Adam Caplan: JEV: Nothing will be new for a while
Adam Caplan: until the veteran camp
Adam Caplan: we should know then
<ramllov> If they sign Wilson, they can trade or dump Andra Davis and say a few million?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I don't see them cutting Davis, makes no sense
Adam Caplan: based on their lack of depth
Adam Caplan: and Wilson hasn't proven he can still play
Adam Caplan: Davis had his deal restructured I believe
Adam Caplan: As for Winslow, it's a wait and see situation
Adam Caplan: As for his knees long term, he can only answer that but the sense is there's a concern
<jevanoff> a K2 holdout is ridiculous. he has 3 years left i don't get it
Adam Caplan: JEV: The leverage is on the Browns side
<shakadawg> As we sit today, what do you see as the biggest weaknesses with this team?
Adam Caplan: SH: pass rush
Adam Caplan: but it comes down to how the new guys do
Adam Caplan: it may not be after all
<amore> Any chance Alex Hall could see any playing time this year?
Adam Caplan: AM: Doubtful
Adam Caplan: would have to have a huge training camp
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, did the Ravens reach for Joe Flacco at their pick and will they push him into starting role?
Adam Caplan: BR: I had it in my pre-draft notes that they would probably do that
<ramllov> Adam, A. J. Davis, CB was on the practice squad, and a third round draft choice last year for another team. Can this guy do anything during camp to excel?
Adam Caplan: RAM: anything is possible
Adam Caplan: they have to get better play from the CBs
Adam Caplan: and Davis was highly touted
<amore> There are conflicting reports - did the Browns have interest in Shawn Crable?
Adam Caplan: AM: All I can tell you is several teams didn't think he was fluid enough to play OLB
<nudawg> How soon do you think Flacco will be ready?
Adam Caplan: NU; Talking to his personal QB coach, Scott Brunner, another former tall QB for Delaware, he said year three
Adam Caplan: but my sense is he will start a few games
Adam Caplan: late in the season
Adam Caplan: if they are out of the playoff race
<Number1BrownsFan> Can/Will Leon Williams play at OLB?
Adam Caplan: NU: He can play OLB but the Browns seem to want to keep him inside because of his size
<jevanoff> i hate to say it but Keith Rivers looks like a pro bowler for years to come
Adam Caplan: JEV: And he play rush too
Adam Caplan: he can do a lot
Adam Caplan: he played all three positions
<grinch> Can you think of any prior QB who transferred down from 1-a to 1-AA and did well ?
Adam Caplan: GR: It's about what he looks like on film
Adam Caplan: he had by far the best arm in the draft
Adam Caplan: and he's willing to stay in traffic and throw the ball
Adam Caplan: most young QBs won't do that
Adam Caplan: most fans haven't seen him play
Adam Caplan: which is why they said the Ravens reached
<grinch> BTW - Gil Brandt expressed concern about players who transferred down - reason for the question.
Adam Caplan: GR: I really can't comment on that
Adam Caplan: I can just go by what I've seen
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, did Atlanta make a mistake in drafting Ryan?
Adam Caplan: BR: No reason to think they did
Adam Caplan: Dorsey may be the better player
<CCDawg49> Adam, did you think Brown, VT OT, was a reach by the Houston Texans in round 1?
Adam Caplan: CC: Totally
Adam Caplan: Duane Brown had a second round grade
Adam Caplan: but they got scared
Adam Caplan: so they reached
Adam Caplan: Dorsey I like a lot but the medical issues
<amore> Anybody the Browns just missed on who they really wanted in the draft?
Adam Caplan: AM: I'm sure there were a lot since they picked so late
Adam Caplan: but I like the thinking, lets go get a guy like Rucker and Bell late
<dhohenshil> Is Darren McFadden better than Adrian Peterson?
Adam Caplan: DH: Not even half the player
Adam Caplan: fans have no idea
Adam Caplan: McFadden doesn't look very good on coaching tape
Adam Caplan: he falls down after one hit way too much
Adam Caplan: he's an open hole runner
Adam Caplan: with great speed
<jevanoff> Adam he's like Deangelo Williams + 20 lbs
Adam Caplan: JEV: And you saw what the Panthers did there
Adam Caplan: they're telling you what they think of Williams
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, any take on the developmental OLB we took in the 7th? Do you see him on the field?
Adam Caplan: BR: No
<CCDawg49> Adam, thoughts on Hubbard? think he has the chance to replace Joe Jurevicius in 2 years?
Adam Caplan: CC: Big frame, needs a ton or work though
Adam Caplan: nice upside
<cdunfee1289> Adam, what are your thoughts on Ahtyba Rubin and Paul Hubbard, do you like the picks and will they make the team??
Adam Caplan: CD: Rubin has a good chance to make it
Adam Caplan: Hubbard almost certainly won't contribute this season
<jevanoff> Adam do we have a patchwork OLB position other than Kamerion Wimbley? Doesn't seem like we have any one to count on
Adam Caplan: JEV: I think Wimbley will be better
Adam Caplan: with all the new help around him
<Number1BrownsFan> How long do you see Donte Stallworth being a Brown?
Adam Caplan: NU: Probably 2 years
Adam Caplan: at most
Adam Caplan: his effort is always an issue
<Number1BrownsFan> What about LeCharles Bentley? Do we trade him? What's his chances of staying?
Adam Caplan: NU: he has no value
Adam Caplan: coming off that injury
Adam Caplan: and he's on a one-year deal
<jevanoff> Adam, What's everyone got against Stallworth? i thought he played well in NE. is there something on tape that ppl see?
Adam Caplan: JEV: He got benched
Adam Caplan: for a much lesser player - Jabar Gaffney
<CCDawg49> can a receiver be "taught" to catch the ball better, or just get more reps to improve?
Adam Caplan: CC: Any receiver can be taught but a lot of it is mental
<ramllov> Adam, have you heard any updates on Gary Baxter, S/CB?
Adam Caplan: RAM: They will make that decision in veteran camp but I'd be surprised if he plays CB again
<Brownsfan91171> Adam, at least Stallworth is a temporary upgrade over what we had last year
Adam Caplan: BR: Oh, he can run
Adam Caplan: no doubt
Adam Caplan: but consistent effort is a problem
Adam Caplan: Good guy though
<cdunfee1289> Adam, do you see Martin Rucker making an immediate impact in two tight end sets w/ K2??
Adam Caplan: CD: You would have to define impact
Adam Caplan: But he will get snaps each game and as I noted earlier, they can then flex out Winslow more
<nudawg> do you think Rucker will ever learn to block?
Adam Caplan: NU: Not sure what you mean
Adam Caplan: his head coach said he really improved
Adam Caplan: last few seasons
<darboman> Adam do you see a decent vet CB becoming available
Adam Caplan: DAR: Unlikely
<jevanoff> Adam i thought the commentary during the draft about rucker "not blocking a soul" was ridiculous. he played in that Y slot role like Winslow
Adam Caplan: JEV: when he started out, yes, he didn't block well
Adam Caplan: he was a willing learner
<CCDawg49> Adam, any word on Kenny Wright? I thought he'd be cut by now.
Adam Caplan: CC: Browns are still waiting for something to happen legally first
<ramllov> Adam, The Browns invited 7+ cornerbacks to rookie camp. Do you like any of them?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Lets take a look at when the veterans get in there
<amore> Any surprise veteran cuts for the Browns coming up?
Adam Caplan: AM: Other than Kenny Wright possibly and Bentley if he doesn't look good in veteran camp, not really
<Butzmark> Any info on Heiden's disk surgery? That can be a tough one with an older player
Adam Caplan: BUT: They expect him to be ready in June
<CCDawg49> Adam, you surprised the Steelers didn't draft an OL early?
Adam Caplan: CC: Not really after getting some late info, apparently Marvel smith's back issues are gone
Adam Caplan: I'm told
<cdunfee1289> Adam, any idea why Maryland LB Erin Henderson went undrafted??
Adam Caplan: CD: Surprised as most were
Adam Caplan: he had a 5th round grade
Adam Caplan: from most teams
Adam Caplan: but there are always surprises
Adam Caplan: Ben Patrick last year
Adam Caplan: All: I'll see you next week, good chat
Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat
Adam Caplan: hi all