OBR Daily Blog Archive: 4/24-6/2010

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(Subscriber) Faneca, Free Agents, and a Recent Draft: John Taylor, Lane Adkins and Brent Sobleski bring the 411 an... http://bit.ly/dCTbPB

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NWE: Starting OLB Released: Hot News for OLB Adalius Thomas http://bit.ly/cf5bMQ

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NFL Draft: 2011 Big Board: With the 2010 NFL Draft behind us, Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber gives fa... http://bit.ly/90XwBg

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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (4/26-5/2): The undrafted free agent signings have begun. Last Updated: Monday at 3:27 PM ET. http://bit.ly/btyuCS

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RT @Gator_sports: Rookie Report: Joe Haden is in a good situation with Cleveland ... http://bit.ly/auq9xZ

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RT @Adam_Schefter Patriots released LB Adalius Thomas. Only question was when. And the when is now. Thomas now free to sign elsewhere.

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Browns Draft: Three New Starters?: TSX looks at the Browns first draft under their new brain trust. Here's an obje... http://bit.ly/auVpDo

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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 11:19:00 PM

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Steuber: 2010 NFL Draft Grades: As we close the book on the 2010 NFL Draft, Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris St... http://bit.ly/btkbvM

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on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 12:39:00 PM

Kiper Gives Browns Draft a C

ESPN's draft analyst thinks Haden was a good pick, Ward and Hardesty were reaches, Asante is too much of an "in the box" safety, and that McCoy was good value.

Now, if Todd McShay also dislikes the Browns picks, we can be pretty feel pretty good about the job that Holmgren and Heckert did.

Kiper, for what it's worth, gave the Ravens an "A", the Steelers a "B", and the Bengals and Browns "Cs". Translated, if you have a reputation for drafting well, you did well. If you don't, you did poorly. Or if you pick the players that Mel Kiper wanted you to pick, such as the pick of future-Hall of Fame WR Mike WIlliams by the Lions a few years ago, then you did well.

In other breaking news, draft grades the day after the draft are kind of stupid.


Posted on Twitter at: 10:15:00 AM
RT @joehaden5 Can't wait 2 swag it out on the field with E Wright!! Balling!!!

Posted on Twitter at: 11:02:00 PM
NFL Draft: Top Undrafted Free Agents: Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber identifies the top 15 undrafted ... http://bit.ly/dvZFxS

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Draft Day Steals: Scout.com's Adam Caplan takes a look at six players who could wind up being draft day steals dow... http://bit.ly/chc3kL

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:34:00 PM

Positive Anecdote about %%MATCH_16%%

Take this for what it's worth, but a nice note came into my email in-box earlier:

Barry, my nephew played at ASU with Shawn. He can't say enough good things about him: work ethic, head on straight, best lineman there regardless of the position he was playing at the time. Apparently, he won a Mr %%MATCH_19%% contest for strongest Hawaiian.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for April 21st through April 24th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 21st through April 24th:

  • ABJ - Browns pay primary attention to secondary - When all was said and done late Saturday afternoon and the three-day bonanza that was the 2010 NFL Draft finally wrapped up, the Browns took inventory of all they accomplished.
  • ABJ - Before nabbing McCoy, Browns work hard to secure Sam Bradford - But before McCoy became that player, Browns President Mike Holmgren described how the Browns tried to maneuver their way from No. 7 in an attempt to snatch Oklahoma's Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick
  • MSF - Colt McCoy: Most Valuable Pick in 2010 NFL Draft - Then the Browns took a safety…and then they took a running back…and finally, with the 85th pick in the draft – some 50 picks after many people thought he'd be selected – Colt McCoy was the choice of the Cleveland Browns. And it was the best pick in terms of value in the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • ABJ - Morgan could be fallback plan - In his mock draft, respected NFL writer Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has the Browns selecting %%MATCH_17%% outside linebacker %%MATCH_14%% with the No. 7 pick tonight.
  • ABJ - Browns to miss national spotlight - Mike Holmgren's arrival as Browns president might have raised the team's profile, but apparently not with television networks that carry the NFL.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Rookie Free Agents

The signing of rookie free agents has already begun, with a handful already signing with the Browns. You can find Browns fans scouring the web for news in the Watercooler and we're tracking what we find in the Insider Blog.

Meanwhile, some words of wisdom from Howard Balzer:

Every year, there are instances where two teams announce a UDFA has agreed to terms. It's why most teams wait to announce them until the contract is actually signed. Virtually everything that happens the night of the draft are agreements and not actually signings. In a few cases each year, an agent agrees with another team, then gets a better offer and agrees to that. Meanwhile, the original team announces the agreement.


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RT @srushe @TheOBR Thanks for the draft updates. Made the draft much more interesting for me in the UK. Cheers. >> My pleasure! It was fun.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:18:00 PM

Larry Asante Video Highlights

Pulled from Youtube via the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network:


Posted on Twitter at: 4:36:00 PM
Holmgren: "Very Productive Draft": Fans may have been displeased early, but the Browns are very happy with their h... http://bit.ly/9M8wvX

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Browns Reel in Big Wide Receiver: The Browns needed a wide receiver and are undoubtedly happy with high-upside Car... http://bit.ly/cdnKnD

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Big Lineman Brings Big Potential: The Browns acquired considerable size and huge upside in %%MATCH_22%%'s Clifto... http://bit.ly/aIkFVS

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RT @dukessports @TheOBR what about jacoby ford?? >> Ford went in the fourth to Raiders. Pretty predictable given his 40 time.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:51:00 PM
RT @Cavs_Browns @TheOBR Will Dave-Te be back after the draft? >> I can ask him. He's working on 2011 already ;-)

Posted on Twitter at: 2:42:00 PM
We will have mega scouting reports on all of these players in the coming days. Follow @ScoutNFL for the rest of the picks!

Posted on Twitter at: 2:39:00 PM
I don't like this at all. %%MATCH_21%% goes with pick 188 to the Steelers. Great value pick.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:38:00 PM
RT @transmillennial @TheOBR Thanks for your draft coverage. UR the best. >> It was fun. On to the rookie free agent chase next.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:38:00 PM
RT @fte88 @theobr what grade would you give our draft overall? i'd say a B/B- >> Solid B. Injury worries, but high value from third on.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:36:00 PM
RT @RS1071 @TheOBR: What is it with different types of birds swooping in and stealing our picks? >> Stupid pea-brained ex-dinosaurs :-(

Posted on Twitter at: 2:28:00 PM
Any idea if browns like d. Worthington from osu? Seems like a 34 DE Fit >> Would be. We had Geathers rated higher: http://bit.ly/bnRwIu

Posted on Twitter at: 2:27:00 PM
Browns Hire An Assassin: The Browns bring in yet more talent in the defensive backfield - another banger alongside... http://bit.ly/cAeHEE

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Browns Draft %%MATCH_23%% WR: Hot News for WR %%MATCH_20%% http://bit.ly/bQkx8r

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Geathers uncle was DE Jumpy Geathers and his brother is DE Robert Geathers. Here's a recent subscriber article on him: http://bit.ly/9AVns7

Posted on Twitter at: 2:24:00 PM
Browns final selection: DE Clifton Geathers, South Carolina. 6'7", 299 pipsqueak.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:23:00 PM
The Seahawks, being kinda jerks, just took Anthony McCoy off the board right above the Browns.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:22:00 PM
I believe that this is the pick the Browns got for %%MATCH_26%%, so he'll have to live up to that sort of immense legacy. /unfairshot

Posted on Twitter at: 2:21:00 PM
Browns will be on the clock with their final pick after the Seahawks select. Good TE value on the board: Dickerson and McCoy.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:19:00 PM
Thanks for the tweets after the Carlton Mitchell pick. We got 15-20 here, unanimously happy with the selection. Love the selection.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:18:00 PM
RT @monkeyjoe @TheOBR Thanks for the tweets, they've helped me keep updated while I'm working. >> My pleasure! It's been fun.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:59:00 PM
Browns take WR Carlton Mitchell, South %%MATCH_24%%. Terrific pick, IMO.

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RT @CoraxSays I Just Hope Colt McCoy Doesn't Turn Out Like Ken Dorsey... >> McCoy is a whole different player, fortunately.

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RT @fte88 @theobr any idea why dorin dickerson is still on the board? >> He's been a Steeler fan all his life. That's enough for me.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:57:00 PM
RT @vadimivich @TheOBR He had a prescription for aderall that was disclosed to all 32 teams. Non issue. >> He's dropped to the sixth.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:54:00 PM
Browns Select %%MATCH_27%% Safety: Hot News for S Larry Asante http://bit.ly/aUjh3s

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RT @DJ84 @TheOBR wow just saw that J. Dwyer is still there. 2nd round talent that Browns worked out >> Yes, substance flag from Combine.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:52:00 PM
Three picks remaining before the Browns next selection (177), and then their final pick nine slots later (186)

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RT @seankaiser @TheOBR BPA? ?? Best Player Available. Sorry.

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RT @aben1088 @TheOBR thank you for your tweets during the draft ... they've made it that much more enjoyable >> You're welcome!

Posted on Twitter at: 1:26:00 PM
Just a reminder to follow the latest Twitter feed with the involvement of the OBR gang: @ScoutNFL -> Every NFL team covered!

Posted on Twitter at: 1:24:00 PM
RT @MoveTheSticks Browns drafted two box safeties in Ward and Asante.. both will struggle in the back half... I do like Haden and McCoy

Posted on Twitter at: 1:20:00 PM
The Browns select another safety: Larry Asante from Nebraska. Good value pick, BPA.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:19:00 PM
Browns are on the clock.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:19:00 PM
Once again, the Eagles snipe a potential Browns draft pick, taking WR %%MATCH_29%% off the boards.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:18:00 PM
This Eagles selection at 159 now represents the longest five minutes in history. Apparently something due to the Large Hadron Collider.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:14:00 PM
Browns are up after the @#$%!# Eagles pick.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:05:00 PM
RT @fte88 @theobr jamar chaney an option too? >> One of the better LBs left.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:04:00 PM
RT @deg4 So what do you think we go for. Safety, WR, DE, DT., CB...or a Surprise (non-need)? >> WR, DL, BPA... but you never know.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:02:00 PM
RT @MoveTheSticks Have to admit, I will be really surprised if Carlton Mitchell doesn't go by the of the 5th.. big time speed

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RT @DJ84 @TheOBR I heard Browns like Carlton Mitchell and Riley Cooper. Pick 160? I love Mitchell >> Would make sense.

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RT @deg4 @TheOBR If %%MATCH_31%% is there I get the feeling it's him or WR >> Rolle available at S, along with Asante and %%MATCH_30%%

Posted on Twitter at: 12:58:00 PM
WR Carlton Mitchell from South Florida is also still available.

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In addition to Dwyer, WR Riley Cooper is out there, TE %%MATCH_25%%, DT Art Jones, DE George Selvie...

Posted on Twitter at: 12:54:00 PM
We're now eight picks away from the Browns next selection in the draft (pick 160, round 5).

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:42:00 PM

Perched Atop Radio City

Another photo from Browns fans at the NFL Draft in New York. I guess they would get tossed out for trying to bean the Steelers table with spitwads.

But the temptation... oh... the temptation...


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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:29:00 PM

Jets Dump %%MATCH_32%%

Another player who had gotten some attention from Browns fans over the off-season has found a new home, as the Jets dump RB %%MATCH_28%% to the Seahawks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. The Seahawks also get the Jets seventh pick.

John Scheider and Pete Carroll making a lot of changes in Seattle. Will be interesting to see if Carroll can pull that team together quickly.


Posted on Twitter at: 11:51:00 AM
RT @fte88 @theobr what positions do you think we'll look at today? WR LB DE? >> WR and DE are needs, but BPA for the most part.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:36:00 AM

Two Names of Interest Vanish


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Browns Draft: Day 2 Transcripts: T.J. Ward, Montario Hardesty, Colt McCoy, Shawn Lauvao - Read their first intervi... http://bit.ly/9jzk4Y

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:38:00 AM

McCoy, Lauvao Selection Notes

Provided by the team last night:

  • Running back Montario Hardesty is the 12th player drafted by the Browns from the University of %%MATCH_37%%. He is the second Volunteers running back to be selected by Cleveland, joining William Barbish, who was an eighth round selection in 1954. Hardesty is the 11th running back to be drafted by the Browns in the second round and the first since Leroy Hoard was picked in 1990.
  • Colt McCoy is the eighth quarterback selected by the Browns in the third round and first since %%MATCH_34%% was drafted in 2005. He is the 11th Texas player picked by Cleveland and the first quarterback. McCoy is the first Longhorn selected by the Browns since running back %%MATCH_35%% was drafted in the first round of the 1989 draft.
  • McCoy's father, Brad, was a safety at Abilene Christian. His brother, Case, has committed to play quarterback at Texas and his other brother, Chance, is a sophomore wide receiver at Abilene Christian. McCoy's grandfather, Burl, is a member of the Abilene Christian Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions as an athlete and former women's basketball coach.
  • Offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao is the sixth player from %%MATCH_36%% to be drafted by the Browns and first since wide receiver Ron Brown was chosen in the second round of the 1983 draft. He is the ninth offensive lineman picked by Cleveland in the third round and first since %%MATCH_33%% was selected in 2002.


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RT @CoraxSays @TheOBR Saw You Guys On TV Today Rockin n Rollin >> Thanks. OBR TV show pilot shoots Monday.

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NFL Draft: Day Three Best Available: As we enter Day Three of the NFL Draft, there are plenty of talented players ... http://bit.ly/9E2VBg

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(Subscriber) Taylor: Draft 2010, Inside and Out: John Taylor has his view on the Browns first four picks and so do... http://bit.ly/9ZBoM0

Posted on Twitter at: 12:16:00 AM
A reminder to follow two more Twitter feeds run by the gang from the OBR: @brownswire and @scoutnfl

Posted on Twitter at: 12:15:00 AM
RT @FOXSports Draft day 2 trade recap http://bit.ly/chrrXX

Posted on Twitter at: 11:14:00 PM
Browns Get Their Quarterback: They waited patiently until the middle of the third round, but the Browns land Texas... http://bit.ly/bo8EOC

Posted on Twitter at: 11:14:00 PM
Browns Get OL Help in Third: %%MATCH_38%% State's Shawn Lauvao gives the Browns needed youth and depth on the OL http://bit.ly/9ge1kx

Posted on Twitter at: 11:04:00 PM
Over 2200 fans now on the OBR forums, talking about the night's events: http://bit.ly/9abRkP

Posted on Twitter at: 10:26:00 PM
RT @FrankZitko @They paying you overtime for all this tweeting? #nfldraft >> You can get paid money for this??!? What a crazy country!

Posted on Twitter at: 10:15:00 PM
RT @ScoutNFL New Blog: : McCoy's Wait Finally Ends http://bit.ly/bqJk91

Posted on Twitter at: 10:15:00 PM
RT @BadGuyZero @TheOBR So will the hate tweets cease now that the Browns drafted a QB??? >> They appear to. Lots more happiness.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:58:00 PM
Subscribers - More on Lauvao from Devils Digest - An article about his switch from OG to OT before his senior year. http://bit.ly/bLN1VH

Posted on Twitter at: 9:56:00 PM
Subscribers - An interview with new Browns OL Shawn Luavao from earlier in the year (courtesy DevilsDigest.com).

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