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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:04:00 PM

Browns Descend on NC State Pro Day

Beyond their stay at Central Michigan earlier today, the Browns also visited North Carolina State's Pro Day.

There are several players who might have caught the Browns' eye, but the top player on the field per our rankings is DE/OLB Willie Young, who is probably an outside linebacker in the Browns 3-4 defense. Toney Baker, a running back who wasn't invited to the Combine, also did quite well, running a 4.5 on grass wearing cleats. The Pro Day also had an NCSU basketball player trying to make it as a tight end.

OBR subscribers who want to dive deeper can check out Pack Pride's thorough coverage of the Pro Day.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:43:00 PM
RT @Doug_Farrar @TheOBR On a scale of 1 to 10, your ETI (Effeminate Title Index) would be a 14 on that one. (a LeFevour...)

Posted on Twitter at: 10:42:00 PM
Not a problem. Congrats on the FSO face time. :-) @TheOBR Many thanks for the FSOh nod! /via @WFNYScott

Posted on Twitter at: 10:18:00 PM
Caused by pre-draft smoke from Lou Groza Blvd -> @ClevelandLeader Look outside at the moon (in Berea at least )it has a big halo around it.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:31:00 PM
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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 24th from 13:07 to 20:48:

Posted on Twitter at: 8:02:00 PM
Complete Seven-Round Draft Order: Now that compensatory picks have been assigned, we can give you the complete dra... http://bit.ly/bco6YP

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:51:00 PM

A Dozen Draft Picks Await

Now that the compensatory picks are out, we know the exact draft order, which we published on the OBR home page. Cutting out all the unimportant picks, here are the twelve remaining selections that matter.

We had this sort of situation a decade ago and, well, we got Dwight Clarked. I'm guessing that doesn't happen this time out.

Rnd-Pick-O'all Club
1 - 7 - 7 Cleveland
2 - 6 - 38 Cleveland
3 - 8 - 71 Cleveland
3 - 22 - 85 Cleveland from New England through Oakland
3 - 29 - 92 Cleveland from New York Jets
4 - 7 - 105 Cleveland
5 - 3 - 134 Cleveland from Tampa Bay
5 - 6 - 137 Cleveland
5 - 15 - 146 Cleveland from Denver through Detroit
5 - 29 - 160 Cleveland from New York Jets
6 - 8 - 177 Cleveland
6 - 17 - 186 Cleveland from Carolina

Posted on Twitter at: 4:20:00 PM
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Posted by: John Taylor
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 3:46:00 PM

Browns Come Down With a LeFevour

(On a scale of 1-10, with "1" being Jack Bauer and "10" being anyone over the age of five who willingly watches Teletubbies, how effeminate was that headline?)

Central Michigan held their annual Pro Day today, and the Browns were one of 22 teams in attendance.

Obviously, this should be of interest to Browns fans due to the fact that quarterback Dan LeFevour was one of the players working out.  Given that there's little doubt the Browns will draft a QB at some point in April, and LeFevour is a near-consensus Top Five player at his position, it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to quickly plot yet another data point for the Browns' draft plans.

Another interesting note from the Pro Day? New Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was the biggest – literally and figuratively -- name in attendance.

The Browns draft two spots behind the Chiefs in the second round and three spots behind in the third, around the times when LeFevour is expected to come off the board.

Just something to keep in mind heading into Day Two of the draft, a draft in which the Browns are armed with three third-round picks – more than enough ammunition to move up ahead of a team like… oh, I don't know… like the Chiefs if there's a player the Browns have targeted still on the board. 

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 3:30:00 PM

Some Worthwhile Reading

  • Sports Illustrated did a profile on new NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith. Normally articles about guys who wear expensive suits don't attract my interest, but wait until Smith lets loose with this bomb:

    "If there is a lockout I will leave it to the NFL's management to explain to America why they took away America's game at a time when some teams make $90 million a year in profit, according to Forbes magazine, and some teams make $20 million in profit on the low end, according to Forbes," Smith says. "I'll leave it to the NFL to explain the justification for taking away America's game when the average NFL owner makes $31 million a year in profit -- in the worst recession of our lives. We have been talking about this for a year and not one person from the National Football League has ever said that that $31 million profit figure is wrong. Not one."

  • Sobo takes a look in the mirror and comes clean on What the Browns 2009 Draft Would Have Looked Like had he been running the team last year. No 20-20 hindsight in this one… Sobo looks at what he was saying last year and takes a look at how his picks would have fared. Sobo also offers subscribers his Dan Lefevour Scouting Report.
  • Scott Sargent of Waiting For Next Year is pulling out all the stops in his quest to emerge victorious in the Blog Sports Ohio Tournament of Bloggers. Here's a look at the 2010 Cleveland Browns from the fan perspective. Check it out and throw a vote Scott's way if you find him deserving. Good luck in the Finals, Scott!
  • For those interested in re-living recent history, please take a look at John Taylor's final "Tales from a Notebook" from the 2009 season. Take a look about two thirds of the way down and see who he's pimping as a Cleveland Browns draft pick. Then think about the news from this week. Thank you.

Posted by: John Taylor
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 1:34:00 PM

Browns Looking at a Kindle

No, not the electronic book reader.  We're talking about the pass-rushing Longhorn.

According to Scout.com's Chris Steuber, athlete/hybrid/physical freak Sergio Kindle will be brought in for a visit by the Browns – as well as the Tennessee Titans – at some point next week.

Kindle undoubtedly has high first-round talent, but there are some character concerns that could push him into the second round.  And into the Browns' range if they are so inclined.

While he played mainly defensive end at Texas, he's projected as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:30:00 PM
Kindle Creating A Stir In The AFC: Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has learned that Texas hybrid Sergi... http://bit.ly/9VgaqQ

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for March 23rd through March 24th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 23rd through March 24th:

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 10:29:00 AM

Dexter McCluster Runs Really Fast

RB/WR Dexter McCluster, the intriguing Ole Miss RB who has worked out for the Browns, reeled off a 4.44 and 4.45 in the 40 at the Ole Miss Pro Day yesterday. Interesting player, but he's gotten a lot of attention, and I doubt he'll wind up a Brown, simply because I don't think he'll last long enough for the Browns to grab him.

But McCluster is far from the only draft-eligible player from Ole Miss to get attention. The Ole Miss class contains four other four-star players in DE Greg Hardy, WR Shay Hodge, OG John Jerry, and QB Jevan Snead.

One of the things I'm trying to get better at is clueing OBR visitors into some useful stuff which is showing up on other Scout.com sites, since OBR subscribers get access to all the subscriber articles around the network. Hopefully, it's a big part of the value of being an OBR subscriber.

Yesterday, for example, Ole Miss Spirit did two articles on their Pro Day, with video and details on some lesser-known players. This is subscriber content (a decision made by the publisher of that site), but all OBR subscribers can access it as well. You will not get a better report on what happened anywhere. Check it out:

  • Rising Stocks - Representatives from every NFL organization convened inside the indoor practice facility Tuesday, as draft-eligible Rebels, including Dexter McCluster and Jevan Snead, took place in Ole Miss' annual Pro Day. Includes video.
  • Helping Their Cause - A lot of eyes were on Dexter McCluster during Ole Miss' Pro Day Tuesday morning, and he did not disappoint, but several other Rebels improved their stock with the NFL scouts in attendance with some very good results. Read about it inside.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 10:16:00 AM

Wednesday's Agenda

  • Today could turn out to be an important day as Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour is going through his Pro Day. LeFevour was part of a parade of quarterbacks who didn't throw at the Combine, so he will get a lot of attention today. The Browns will certainly be in attendance – if we can find out who is there, we'll let you know. Scout.com's Chris Steuber ranks LeFevour ahead of more prominent names Colt McCoy and Tony Pike.
  • The NFL meetings are wrapping up, with NFL owners sliding in their new overtime rule (full text in the Insider blog) and various coaches complaining about how they weren't involved. Or, from the perspective of Floridian waitresses, a bunch of old rich guys just went home, my feet hurt, and we're running low on booze. Expect trade talk to start heating up again now.
  • I took some notes when I listened to Eric Mangini's interview on Sirius radio last night. I'll type those up in a bit. The interview came on an hour later than expected and seemed to be played at 78 speed. I got what I could out of it.
  • If you understand the previous reference, congratulations – you're old!
  • TWEET OF THE DAY: "Flthh0bmvnww". This comes from Josh Cribbs' agent J.R. Rickert. As was often said on the Ohio State campus in my day: "I heard that!" If I had 20% of Josh Cribbs contract, or whatever, that's pretty much all you would get out of me, either.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:38:00 PM

North Carolina Pro Day

Scout.com's Chris Steuber reports that the Browns were among the teams who scouted today's North Carolina Pro Day. Key players demonstrating their skills were DT Cameron Thomas, all 6'4", 331 pounds of him, and defensive end E.J. Wilson.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM

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