Browns Scoutwatch EXCLUSIVE

The OBR has learned that the Cleveland Browns top two football men are heading out to personally scout an intriguing small school player. Find out who within...

While tonight's Northern Illinois-Kent State tilt may not seem like a big deal to anyone not associated with either school, it is apparently a big deal to the two most powerful football men in the Browns organization, The Orange & Brown Report has learned.

Vice president and general manager Phil Savage, along with director of player personnel T.J. McCreight, will take in the action on the Kent State campus, a source told The OBR.  One player believed to hold the most interest for the scouting duo, the source said, is Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English.

Here's a thumbnail scouting report on English from The OBR's Brent Sobleski:

English has been a terror in the Mid American Conference the past two seasons. Last year, his junior campaign, the defensive end was named the MAC's Most Valuable Player. He certainly displays a knack for getting to the quarterback as he has 29.5 career sacks to date. English has a very quick first step, quickly shoots gaps resulting in multiple tackles for loss, and can bend the edge against offensive tackles. He also has a relentless motor and will hustle to make plays all over the field as evidenced by the 230 career tackles for a defensive lineman.

Northern Illinois' coaching staff likes to use English in a variety of ways, moving him around to different positions to take advantage of the best possible matchups. Standing 6-3 and weighing 255 pounds accompanied with good athleticism, this Husky is an ideal candidate as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Like most who are asked to make the transition, he is not asked to play from a two-point stance often by his coaching staff and can be easily overwhelmed by bigger offensive lineman.

The 6-3, 255-pound English, who is looked at as an outside linebacker in the NFL, is projected to go anywhere from the second to the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

Here's a list of other draft-eligible players the team may be keeping an eye on tonight:


MLB, Tim McCarthy, Senior
OLB, Larry English, Senior
OLB, Cory Hanson, Junior
DE, Brandon Bice, Junior
SS, Alex Kube, Redshirt-Sophomore
SS, David Bryant, Junior
FS, Bradley Pruitt, Senior
WR, Britt Davis, Senior
OT, Jon Brost, Senior
K, Mike Salerno, Junior
P, Andy Dittbenner, Senior


OLB, Derek Burrell, Senior
CB, Rico Murray, Senior
SS, Brian Lainhart, Redshirt Sophomore
RB, Eugene Jarvis, Junior
WR, Shawn Bayes, Senior
OT, Augustus Parrish, Senior

NOTE: This list of possible players was not provided to the OBR by the Cleveland Browns, and represents only a listing of players of possible interest in next year's draft.

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