OBR Daily Blog: 3/30/2010

Yinzers Gone Wild week continues with the usual denials, slander, and nasal peanut insertions. We'll once again try to capture every gory, horrifying moment.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11:01:00 PM

NFP: Gocong Rumors have Legs

Our pal Aaron Wilson echoes something we have been telling subscribers for weeks. Keep an eye on a potential deal with the Eagle that involves OLB Chris Gocong. Subscribers know exactly what I'm talking about. This, ya know, might not be a bad time to sign up.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 9:19:00 PM

Jerome Murphy Runs a 4.51

As John relayed in the blog a couple of days ago, USF corner back Jerome Murphy has a private workout set up this week with the Browns. Today we learn he ran a pretty decent 4.51 during the USF Pro Day today.

The above link is a free article on Scout.com's South Florida site, USFNation.com

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:10:00 PM

The Links Keep Rolling In

Some other good stuff that didn't make it into my last link go-round:

-- Seemingly bored by the notion that the draft's #1 pick has been figured out so early, the latest big push in the media is to tie Sam Bradford in with the Washington Redskins. Following on the Bernie Miklasz piece linked earlier, we now have Peter King quoting Gil Brandt in saying that it's nearly 50-50 that Bradford winds up with the Redskins. I'd dismiss it as media over-analysis if all three individuals weren't so darn good at what they do.

-- I would like to point out that I'm the first (pseudo) member of the Cleveland media to refer to the Redskins placement three slots ahead of the Browns in the draft as "annoying". I stand by that bold statement. No stand is too controversial for me.

-- DK over at Cleveland Reboot has decided that mock drafting football players is getting a bit stale, so he's mock-drafting historical and pop culture figures for each of the 32 teams. I think the Browns made out pretty well.

--  Part of the reason I'm going to be oh-so-controversial is so that I'm TV-ready. We're going to film a TV pilot soon, did I mention that? Yes, I'll be controversial. So very controversial. In your face, you know. Because when I sit down in front of the TV after a day at work, I'm thinking to myself: "I hope someone yells at me and gets all in my face, because that would be awesome".

-- Eric Berry is going to be visiting five teams, including the Browns. He will also be meeting with the Chiefs, Eagles, <annoying>Redskins</annoying>, and Buccaneers.

-- I've put on about ten pounds every year that I've been tied to my computer doing the OBR every day. Our TV pilot films 4/26. Does anyone know how to take off 80 pounds in a month? Short of amputation?

-- One of the recent media trend-lets has been the "No one takes safeties high" and "Eric Berry is too risky because most top ten safeties don't pan out". While historically accurate, my fondest hope is that all six teams drafting above the Browns read those columns. And then read them again. I'll be fine if the Browns take that "risk".

-- From my perspective, the above trend-let is typical of the type of media over-analysis of the draft you get this time of year when all the logical stories have played out.

-- In addition to the Eagles checking out Eric Berry for reasons mysterious, the Dolphins and Giants may be two teams interested in trading up into the Top Ten for C.J. Spiller if you buy what Pro Football Talk is selling.

-- Jimmy Clausen, the best quarterback no one wants to talk about, is visiting half of the teams picking in the top ten. Apparently they're not listening to what ESPN is telling them about Clausen. He'll meet with the Rams (snicker, whatever), <annoying>Redskins</annoying>, Browns, Bills, and Jagulars.

-- Oh, and Adam Schein thinks Tim Tebow will go in the first round.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 3:19:00 PM

Links! We Got ‘Em! Whoa! Wow!

Various links that have come across our desk here at OBR HQ today:

-- Bernie Miklasz runs down five different reasons why the Rams may not take Sam Bradford. The word "Cleveland" cannot be found.

-- This is from last year, but nice to revisit on a slow news day: The hard-luck life of a Browns Fan.

-- Apparently teams are after Oakland's #8 pick which, we should remind them, is approximately one behind the Browns #7 pick.

-- Eric Berry is going to go visit the Washington Redskins. This particular club is really getting on my nerves... they need just to stay away from our safety. Back off, jerkwads.

-- The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be disgusted with Santonio Holmes' behavior during Yinzers Gone Wild Week. Wait, no... not "disgusted". They're "disappointed". That's bad, too, I guess.

-- USA Today went in search of a Steelers fan capable of expressing their opinions on Ben Roethlisberger without jumping around wildly, waiving their arms while holding a near-empty bottle of unidentifiable home-made liquor and spitting a dark viscous liquid they call "tabaccy". They seem to have found a couple, believe it or not. Good reporting work there.

-- The circumstances around the resolution of an incident involving couch sitting, glass hurling, booze spilling and face lacerating appear somewhat fishy. And kind of sad, somehow. Still, Holmes is a class act. You have to give him that.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:17:00 PM
I remember that! Terrific article. I linked it today in my blog.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 30th from 13:08 to 13:12:

Posted on Twitter at: 1:59:00 PM
RT @Doug_Farrar 4.52 isn't the end of the world for Bryant -- he was never a deep speed guy, anyway.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1:56:00 PM

Marvez Slaps Down the Yinzers Gone Wild

Here's the message: "Stop violating laws (allegedly) and stuff (allegedly)":

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 9:37:00 PM

More Browns Workouts, Interests…

-- The Browns continue to display interest in Clemson speedster Jacoby Ford. After getting pulled aside to demonstrate footwork at Clemson's Pro Day, Ford also told Scout.com's Ed Thompson that he had a private workout with Browns WR Coach George McDonald. Ford is ranked #11 on Scout's list of draft-eligible receivers.

-- Scout.com has also learned that Louisville WR Scott Long has "received interest" from the Browns, along with the Dolphins, Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, and Chiefs. Long is a 6'2", 215 receiver who lost much of his junior year to a knee injury. He roared back in his senior year with 53 catches for 727 yards. Long would be a mid-to-late round pick.

-- A small-school name to file away in the back of your mind is North Alabama's Mike Johnson, whose 6'1, 256 size and 4.6 time in the 40 has been enough to draw interest from the Browns, as well as the Steelers, Ravens, and Texans. He was a D2Football.com All-American last year, per a league source.

-- We relayed back on 3/11 that Maryland CB Nolan Carroll was slated to have a private workout with the Browns. That, in fact, is confirmed to have taken place. Carroll also worked out with the Patriots and Dolphins, according to Scout.com. Scout's Chris Steuber ranks him around the middle of the pack as far as corner go, but something appears to have caught the Browns' eye.

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