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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:20:00 PM

Transcript: Eric Mangini, 4/30

(Opening statement)- "Good evening. How's everybody doing? Good. It's good to be back. It's good to be outside. I can't believe the weather we are having. It's pretty amazing. The whole spring has been pretty amazing. It's nice for these guys, especially some of the guys from places that are historically a little warmer, to come up here and have the weather that we are having so far. Hopefully that will continue. This is always a fun camp for everybody because you get a chance to work with the kids that you drafted and get to know them better. You get to know them in the class room. You get to know them on the field. There's quite a big group of guys who are here trying out, which I think is great. We have had players who were tryout players in the past make the team. I think that's a really unique opportunity for them. It's nice for them to get a chance to know us, organizationally, whether it's the trainer, the equipment guy, the PR guy, the assistant coaches, the building, all of those things that they have no idea about before they come here. It's easy to forget how much of a transition they are all making and how big of an adjustment this is, but it is. I've been pleased with the way that they have responded so far through the first day and I'm looking forward to continuing through the weekend."

(On his first impressions of Colt McCoy)- "Wow, that didn't take long (joking). I thought he did a nice job. I think all of these guys, Jeff (Schudel), are swimming. With quarterbacks they have that much more information because they have to learn the whole offense. They have to run the offense. I thought that all that being considered, he did well. He picks up the information fairly quickly. He's throwing to a whole different group of guys and hearing a lot of different approaches in terms of the plays we are calling. I thought, overall, he had a nice first day."

(On asking McCoy to be a leader)- "Really, I ask that of all the players, to lead in whatever way they are capable of leading. A lot of the guys that we bring in, typically, have been captains at their Universities. Sometimes what happens is when they come to a new place they sit sort of in the shadows until they find their way or feel their way through it and then it starts to come out. What you want them to do is in whatever capacity they can lead, you want them to take that initiative. I really want all of our guys to do that. Bill Belichick used to talk about that all the time, everybody has the capacity to be a leader. It's in whatever way you are comfortable doing it. For some guys that's in the weight room. For some guys that's in the locker room. For some guys that's in the class room, but we all have the capacity to help others become better."

(On the wide receiver corps)- "I think that will unfold as we go through OTAs and training camp. I think there's a good group of young players all competing for time. We may at some point add somebody else. We haven't ruled that out at all, but I am excited about the group of guys we have coming back. Seeing the young guys in their second year, you'd like to think that they make a jump. Typically, those guys do from the first to second year. There's a much higher comfort level. They have all been in the offseason program. They have all done some work as an offense. The guys getting together on their own, throwing, catching, working on the JUGs, things like that. Whether it's Jake (Delhomme) or Seneca (Wallace), however it unfolds, they have been working together as a group."

(On if Joshua Cribbs can still be a wide receiver)- "Cribbs is going to be Cribbs, so he is going to be a lot of things. He will be a kick and punt returner. He will probably play some on the coverage teams. He will do the Wildcat package that we had last year. He will work at receiver. I think one of the unique things about Josh is, he can wear a lot of hats and he can wear them successfully. He can create problems for the other teams in a lot of different ways. We will continue to develop him as a receiver, but that doesn't mean that his others roles will, necessarily, decrease."

(On if they brought back Graham Harrell just for another arm)- "No, that wasn't it at all. We just wanted to see where he was and give him another opportunity. We liked the things that he did last year and have kept tabs on him over the course of the year. This is a good opportunity for us to gauge where he is."

(On Montario Hardesty)- "Yeah I like, on tape, I like the way that he ran in terms of he was a physical runner. He was a punishing runner. He enjoyed contact. I thought all those things were real positives. I think those are real positives for any team, and I think it's a real positive in this division. I also think that he has got some good short area quickness and burst that some other big backs don't necessarily have. How that translates remains to be seen. I liked everything that I learned about him in terms of his approach, his maturity, his professionalism. I was just talking to Curtis Martin the other day and he was just reminding me about the importance of getting those guys with that type of attitude, those young guys with that approach. That's what we look for in him."

(On Montario Hardesty's relationship with Jamal Lewis)- "I think for all these rookies, and this is something I will talk to them about on Sunday, it's important to get a good mentor. The mentor does not have to be at your position, usually that's where they gravitate to, but to get an older guy that can answer some questions that they just don't have any exposure to. If you get someone that can help you through training camp in terms of how to take care of your body, or the best ways to study. There is such a range of things that we try to help them with as coaches, but that's one level. The information that they can gain from other guys in the locker room, it's a different level, and it's really important to their development. I think we have got a great group of guys in that locker room and they would all be willing to help in whatever way they could."

(On similarities between Hardesty and Lewis' style of running)- "I didn't watch Jamal in college so it's hard for me to say what they look like at this similar point in their careers. It's hard to make that comparison."

(On Carlton Mitchell spending time on the bike and what he likes about T.J. Ward)- "Carlton tightened up this morning. I think what happens, and Mike (Holmgren) and Tom (Heckert) were laughing a little bit in the draft when I talked to these guys on the phone right after we drafted them, I'd say ‘Hey enjoy it, and go for a run tomorrow,' but you train for the combine, you train for your individual workout, you do a lot of interviews and you're not doing as many football specific things you do coming into camp. Carlton tightening up is the short answer, but I think all of these guys are feeling a little tired. There are probably going to be some aches they haven't felt in a while tomorrow and the next day just because it's totally different than what they have been doing to get here. With T.J., I really liked his instincts as a safety. I thought he had a real good feel for reading blocking schemes, getting through traffic, I think he is a good tackler. I liked him when I sat down with him at the combine and when we sat down here for the visit. All of those things combined I thought were pluses."

(On Robby Parris)- "We talked a little bit today and we had him in for a workout during when you could bring in the local guys and he did some good things there so we thought we would give him an opportunity here. I think he is a really bright person and I did notice him today, actually, helping some of the other guys out with some of the information, which is always a plus and now we will see how he does between today and tomorrow and Sunday."

(On if he liked seeing Cliff Geathers level the punter during a drill)- "Yes and no, I went and talked to him afterwards. You appreciate his size and explosion, but not against a guy that is 130 pounds. What I explained to him was that he had to go down under control, control the bag, and so you like his enthusiasm but it's like turning a battleship. Once his momentum gets going it's hard to move so he has to be conscious of the smaller kids on the playground."

(On players looking different at minicamp than on film)- "A lot of them you've met so you have an idea of what their size is, some you haven't and you really notice it when you walk next to them or your standing behind them and you've got to move around the human wall in front of you. I used to do some drills with the DB's, just release drills and things like that, I know your shocked, but they put their hands on you and the strength and the power that they have, the athleticism they have, it's impressive. It sort of gets lost because they are facing other guys that are equally as athletic. It is an impressive group of guys and unfortunately we can only keep so many of them."

(On if it's tough when a guy is slower than he thought)- "Those are always tougher than the ones that show up and are way faster than you thought. Those are the fun ones. I remember my first year in New York, two guys we drafted showed up at rookie came, they looked horrible. Horrible. You want to go home and take a shot. It's like, ‘Oh my god, what did we do? How could we be this wrong?' Then you forget that they're playing slower because they're thinking, they're not in great shape because they've been on the lecture circuit. You get them back in shape, you get them back to what you know you saw and it looks a lot different. I just remember that first night thinking, ‘Wow, we messed this one up.'"

(On wanting Geathers to be bigger)- "He's pretty big. Yeah, I'm never opposed to going bigger if you can do the things we are asking you to do. He's like 6-8 or pretty close, 300 pounds."

(On if he was surprised they landed a player with Geathers' size so late in the draft)- "No, there's been different big guys. I remember, I think 1993, we had a guy that had just gotten furloughed from prison at camp that year. I can't remember what the guy's name was, but he was gigantic. He came across the line and Wally Williams was pulling on a trap and hit the guy so hard, he knocked him out. The guy just fell like a big tree. He didn't last very long. God, he was a giant. They just sometimes fall a little harder."

(On Dion Morton's size)- "Oh you know, you have the big ones, you have the little ones. We like to have all sizes here. We don't discriminate based on size. Some of those guys that are undersized guys, you give a shot to and you just see what they can do. They have always defied the odds based on their size. They have always been told they're too small to play and often times figure out a way to play. You like to give those guys a chance to prove you wrong."

(On McCoy's farming background)- "I heard all about how they bread cows. How they fix the fences. I could move down to Dallas now with all the stuff I know about cattle-raising."

(On if he likes McCoy's work ethic that has resulted from his upbringing)- "Yeah. I think he's used to getting up early and working hard, so two things I like. I think that's good. Anybody that's been raised with a solid work ethic, usually that carries over to everything they do. I think it's a real plus. It's interesting too just to kind of hear his story and to hear some other guy's stories and the radical difference between some of the people that come into your building."

(On how further along the team is compared to last year)- "I'd like to think that we are a lot further ahead than we were last year at this time because we do have a rookie class that has gone through the process. You have a group of players that were here who shared the experience last year and the different things that go into what we are trying to get done, game planning, preparation, practice, things like that. Having a sizeable group that can build on those experiences, I think is really positive. We've infused quite a few new people too, so they have to get ingrained into the system and we have to do the same thing with the rookie class. As much as you look at it and say we have got a sizeable group of people who have shared experiences to grow with, we also have a big chunk of people that are new to it. Hopefully, we can get assimilated as quickly as possible and everybody working together to get, really, the same vision early in the season."

(On finding ‘diamonds in the rough' in undrafted free agents)- "I love it, I really do. One of the things that I show to the rookies the first night is a list of guys who've been drafted high and haven't achieved what the expectations were and all the guys that were undrafted guys who have played 10-12 years who have had incredible careers. Look at a guy like Rick Lyle, you guys were all here when he was a rookie. He played 10 years in the NFL as an undrafted free agent and I remember people talking about what an outstanding free agent he was and got hurt early on. Wallace Wright is a guy that we had in New York who was a rookie tryout guy from the weekend. He just kept taking people's spots and played four years in New York and just signed a contract in Carolina. Mike DeVito, Jason Trusnik, there's a ton of them. I'm not doing justice to all the different guys. Wayne Chrebet, guys like that that you hope you can find one. Josh Cribbs. You get a Josh Cribbs, that's a pretty successful draft."

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:13:00 PM

Open Locker Room Quotes 4/30

Joe Haden

(On gauging where he is at right now)- "I just want to go out there right now and coach (Jerome) Henderson is telling me just to work hard and give it everything I got. That's all I'm doing right now, trying to learn the defenses that they are throwing at us. I'm playing against different free agents and rookies and people like that, so I'm just trying to gauge myself against them right now. Making sure I've got my feet and my hands together and just getting myself back in football shape. I know when I get with the other guys, then it's going to be a whole other adjustment, but right now I'm just trying to make sure I get back to the top of my game."

(On if today felt like his first day at Florida)- "Actually, it felt kind of similar. The coaches kind of carried me like, ‘Joe you were our first pick, so you need to get out here and get it going, get it going.' I felt like I was already a little ahead when I was out there because I learned the plays. Coach Henderson, me and him really have a relationship, so I just felt like he was putting me in the front of the line to do everything. It's not like I'm a rookie until the older guys get here. Right now I kind of feel like kind of the older guy."

(On if he will start right away)- "No, I'm not going to be a starter. I'm just trying to work hard and just let coach Henderson see my potential. I just want them to put me on the field. I'm just trying to get on the field. Right now, it's just showing them my work ethic and how I love the game to try to get me out there."

(On if he should be thinking he will be a starter)- "Not thinking I'm going to start, just thinking that they are going to put me where they need me to be to help out the Browns. Starting definitely would be a good thing, but if it's what they want, then that's what happens."

(On if he can be a leader off the field)- "Definitely. Right now especially with having younger guys and just people of my age that I feel like I know a little bit more going into this. I just try to lead them and show them what's going on out there. If they have any questions for me, I answer them. They definitely know because they are like, ‘Joe you already know you're going to be here, so what's going on?' and just asking me stuff. I feel like I'm trying to do that for them. When E (Eric) Wright and all the other boys get here, I just feel like that's what I'm going to do to them, just ask them what is going on. Just try to welcome."

Montario Hardesty

(On his expectations as a rookie)- "I don't have a great expectation about playing time and things like that. For me, all I can control is what I do. For me, right now is to get in, learn the playbook, get on the practice field, work hard, show the coaches what I can do and be a great teammate and learn from some of the veterans. This is the first time in the NFL, I haven't been to this point yet. All I can do is that and I think everything else will come with me working hard."

(On how it felt for the Browns to trade up to draft him)- "It's the draft, so you really don't know what is going on, but I was definitely excited when I got a call to become a Brown. For me, I'm excited for the opportunity to play in the NFL. The point that they traded up for me, I don't want to let them down. I want to come in and just practice hard and prepare good and prove myself on the practice field."

(On if his running style is similar to Jamal Lewis)- "I can't really compare myself to Jamal. I've seen Jamal play before. Jamal is a great running back. I'll be happy to live up to half of the things that he has done in the league. I don't really want to compare what I do to him. I just try to do what I do on the field and let that come out with how I play."

Colt McCoy

(On his expectations)- "First of all, I am really excited. I am excited to be part of the Cleveland Browns. When my name was called, I was fired up. When coach (Eric) Mangini and coach (Mike) Holmgren were on the phone, that was a pretty special moment. First of all, I am really excited to be here. Second of all, I am coming in here to learn. I have great mentors in coach (Brian) Daboll and coach (Carl) Smith and having Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and Brett Ratliff here that I can learn from. That's going to be huge for me and my success, just to come in here and do my best and learn and study. Rookie camp is a lot of fun, getting to learn all the guys in my class, seeing all these guys. Most of all, I am just excited."

(On spending his first year learning)- "That's my job. I asked them what my expectations should be coming into camp and they said one, ‘do your best,' which I have always done. I am going to work hard and do my best in everything that I do. Second of all, ‘come in here and learn.' He said to be the leader of your draft class, get to know these guys, develop that leadership role and learn. First one here, last one to leave and that's exactly what I did in high school and at UT. I've spent a lot of time learning. I've got great coaches around me, great teammates. I'm just excited."

(On if he can be the future of the team)- "I think every quarterback is a competitor. I definitely see myself coming in, learning the system, learning the program and, like I said, coach Holmgren and coach Mangini just told me to come in and do my best and learn. That is exactly what I am going to do, but I do see myself playing in the long term. I want to be out there. I am a competitor. I think every person on this team is. You ask anybody in this locker room what they want and they want to be suited up and playing. Obviously, that's the goal for everybody, but my job right now is to come in and learn and to do my best."

(On what his biggest adjustment to the NFL will be)- "I've got a long way to go and so does every rookie that's here. The great thing is that we have great teammates and great coaches around us that can really help us get to the top. I am going to use that as a resource, definitely. Study my playbook, getting with Jake and Seneca and just really going over things with coach Daboll. That's my job right now. That's what my expectations were, to come in here and be the leader of your class, work hard, do your best, commit yourself to the playbook and whatever happens, happens. I know that I am going to work my tail off to be smart, to be ready to play and to do what's best for the team."

(On what he thought of the situation in Cleveland when he was drafted)- "A perfect fit. The style of offense that we run, the leadership in this organization especially with coach Mangini and his staff and coach Holmgren overseeing it. I couldn't be in a better place. I couldn't see myself in a better situation. Like I said, I've got great recourses around me and I am going to use them and work as hard as I can. I am going to be ready to do what the team needs me to do. "

T.J. Ward

(On if being drafted by the Browns was a good fit)- "I think it was a good fit. Whatever the coaches saw in me, they thought I fit into the system pretty well. I don't really have any high expectations right now, I just want to come in and learn the system right now and I'll go from there."

(On if he feels he has a good chance to start)- "If I do the things I'm supposed to do then I'll get on the field wherever the coaches need me. Right now, I'm not looking to start or anything, I'm just trying to learn what I'm doing first and open some eyes on the practice field."

(On if being in his first rookie camp is the biggest milestone in his career)- "It's a dream. I always wanted to be here and now that I'm here, it's like 'Okay, now there is just more work to do.' That's what I plan on doing, get out there every day and go to work."

(On what he needs to do to stand out this weekend)- "Make some plays, show the coaches that I know what I am doing, and I think everything else will fall into place."

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:50:00 AM

Steuber Heaps Praise on Ward Selection

The value of draft experts is debated, but there's no debate that fans love reading mock drafts, post-draft grades, and just about anything around the NFL's premier off-season event. Traffic for Scout's NFL portal was off-the-charts over the last week, and a large part of that was interest in mock drafts and draft columns by Scout.com's Chris Steuber.

Chris is fast-rising in draftnik circles and we're proud of the association. Plus, seriously, the guy has Photoshop skillz beyond compare. By comparison, ESPN doesn't even let Kiper play with the big fancy video boards since he might get hurt.

Anyhow, Chris, like a lot of us, didn't initially like the selection of T.J. Ward in the second round, but has come around to believe that the pick was inspired:

Obviously, Ward has been hampered by injuries during his career, and he even missed five games this past year with an ankle injury. But, when he's in the lineup, there isn't another safety in this year's draft that has his ball skills, instincts, intensity and range. He may lack the ideal stature you look for in a safety, but if he stays healthy, Ward will remind Browns fans of Indianapolis Colts all-world defender Bob Sanders.

Given the number of times I've rued the Browns' decision to pass on Sanders, that's high praise indeed. He's a guy we've always liked here.

The only thing holding me back is the way the Browns have struck out twice-before with oft-injured safeties picked in the second round. Sean Jones and Brodney Pool both taunted us with their upside before being allowed to hobble their way to other teams. Perhaps the third time is the charm.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:34:00 AM

Scout Fans Predict Good Times for Bryant

Every couple of weeks or so, we slap a new poll onto the front page of Scout's NFL portal. Just a little bit before the draft, we asked fans to take a crack at predicting which "draft bust" candidates would fail to meet the predictions of doom.

Perhaps remembering previous wide receivers who dropped on draft (Randy Moss, Percy Harvin) or seeing how a surplus of attitude hasn't held back receivers like Chad OchoJohnson, Dez Bryant is looked on as the player most expected to make impact.

There's a lot of faith in Tim Tebow, despite the quarterback's large number of critics. As for yet-another Raider workout warrior, Bruce Campbell, the ghost of Mike Mamula looms large.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:52:00 PM

Kiper Likes McCoy's "Situation"

The folks at ESPN and the NFL Network are big on sending out transcripts of tele-conferences done by their in-house draft experts, in the hopes that it spurs the media to develop articles around them. As we've seen over the last month, it generally works like a charm.

So, call me guilty for falling into that same trap for a cheap and easy blog post. As long-time OBR Blog readers know, this will net me an additional pellet of delicious beer provided to me by my masters at Fox Sports.

Delicious, crunchy beer. Uh… wait… whatever.

So here's what Kiper said about Colt McCoy.

On which drafted quarterback will make the most immediate impact in the NFL…

"On the surface Clausen had the best opportunity, but he's coming off an injury. People will say he's the most NFL ready, he came off Charlie Weis' pro style offense… He's not 100 percent as we speak. He was only 60% on pro day, he just came out of the boot. …He only had that one year and then was hurt from Sept. 19 on where he really wasn't at optimum level.  He was playing through an injury that would have sent a lot of guys into surgery back then…Tebow I don't think is NFL ready, Bradford I don't think is NFL ready. Colt McCoy, Mike Holmgren has already said ‘Jake Delhomme is our guy.'…I think the two that are in the best scenario are Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen, they are in great spots."

Nothing Earth-shattering, but that's what ESPN's draft guy is saying. I guess it beats having to rationalize taking Tyson Alualu.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 9:43:00 AM

Yes, Virginia, There are Still Free Agents

We've been keeping copious track of free agents in Scout.com's free agent database. It might be bending the rules a little bit, but we are putting newly released veterans into the system as unrestricted free agents (which they really are, even if they appeared in April rather than March). So, newly available players like John Henderson and Adalius Thomas are included in the DB.

We update it every day, including this morning's earth-shaking news that Montrae Holland re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys. If you want the best listing of who is available at every position, it's worth checking out on a regular basis.

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As we suggested was possible in the Insider blog yesterday, the Browns have re-acquired S D'Angelo Smith, a 5th-round pick in 2009 (Cowboys)

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 11:48:00 AM

Browns Announce Rookie Camp Schedule

The Browns will hold their annual post-draft rookie and tryout camp this Friday and Saturday, as John Taylor reported immediately after the draft.

The sessions will be open to the media only starting at 3PM on Friday and at 10AM on Saturday. The OBR will be there with reporters and photographers to help give you the first look at the new players and undrafted free agents.

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on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 27th from 19:31 to 20:16:

  • Canton Rep - Holmgren appears to have a process to rebuild Browns - Five things you might not know about how the Cleveland Browns are operating. No. 1: There's smash-mouth, and there's pass-happy. What will the Browns be? Ever hear of pass-mouth?
  • ABJ - Cribbs shows off new BMW - After signing a three-year, $20 million contract extension, Browns' Pro Bowl receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs is showing off his new 2010 BMW X6 on SafeAuto Insurance Company's new blog, "Celebrity Rides."
  • ESPN - The Big Question: Browns' starting safety? - Rarely is an NFL coach stumped by a football question. But after the Browns took cornerback Joe Haden in the first round of the NFL draft, coach Eric Mangini was quizzed on his starting safeties, which caused some hesitation.
  • Medina Gazette - There's plenty to learn from busy weekend - Mike Holmgren got it right Saturday in his recap of the Browns draft, the first with him in charge. "We will know in three years," he said. "We are excited about it, though. I think it was good, but they have to come in and play."

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Cleveland Browns inquired about Alan Faneca but he landed with the Arizona Cardinals. Our collective hearts should not be broken by this.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 5:43:00 PM

The Inverse Ego-to-Accomplishment Ratio

It's probably not a good sign when a new draft pick says things like "I'm kinda surprised I was taken this high". Last time I can remember a player reacting that way, though, was Ryan Pontbriand, and that worked out alright.

Conversely, we've heard some players say they were the best at their position in the draft and then they turned out to be something else entirely.

Come to think of it, so far there seems to be an inverse relationship between how seriously our draft picks take themselves and how well they do. Joe Thomas was fishing during the draft, and Ryan Pontbriand was playing cards and laughed when he found out that he was taken in the fifth. That's two Pro Bowlers, right there.

Actually, admitting he was surprised where he was picked might be a good sign when it's the Browns.

Which brings us to new Browns safety T.J. Ward. WOIO ActionChannel 19 DeathNews was in "gravy training" mode with the Browns last week rather than raincoat-bedecked I-Scandal Bash Team vengeance mode, so they pestered new Browns draft pick T.J. Ward right after he was drafted. Here's what he had to say:

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8:04:00 AM

Tales from the Dork Side

Miscellaneous nonsense rattling through my brain:

  • You can tell that the draft is over because I'm messing around with the site again. We're updating the OBR's logo, which has been the same since 2006 or so. It's always bugged me that we had the "Brown" in our logo actually written in white. That's like a skywriter scrawling "I am green" across a blue sky. Just didn't work.
  • To change the logo display, I have to upload two things... the new logo and a new white background. Both were uploaded yesterday, but can take up to 24 hours to propagate to all the "edge servers" located all over the country for performance reasons. If this makes any sort of sense, well, "Hail, fellow nerd", and let me know if you've got any Boba Fett figurines from the Original Trilogy re-release still in the original packaging.
  • Unfortunately, while all that is going on, we see various permutations of the logo. So, last night I was seeing the new logo on the old background. Which looked crappy. This morning I'm seeing the old logo on the new background. Which also looks crappy. Sooner or later this will all work, and may be working for some of you already. Here's what it's supposed to look like when everything has copied over correctly.
  • Like how I directed you to the subscription page above? Actually, it's the only page on the site where logo updates are shown immediately. I don't know why.
  • Another change I'm making is that the blog now has a permanent home at http://cle.scout.com/2/965202.html. This means I don't have to create a new article every day and can link it from all over. It makes some other stuff simpler as well.
  • Now that the blog is in one place rather than in different articles every day, I was able to build a little ticker on the front page that shows the latest blog. I'm going to try to link this on the forums as well.
  • The OBR TV pilot got moved back a week because one of our guys is having throat problems and couldn't talk. I still have your questions from the forums and twitter, and will work as many in as I can.
  • By popular request, Dave-Te Thomas will be joining us in the OBR chat room tomorrow night at 8PM to look back at the draft. Just a warning: you're not going to hear "Mary Sunshine" Wednesday night. Dave-Te isn't a huge fan of some of the decisions the team made.
  • Dave-Te has also provided us with Scouting Mega-Reports we'll be rolling out for subscribers in the coming days.
  • It's time to make the doughnuts. Talk at you later.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for April 25th through April 27th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 25th through April 27th:

Posted on Twitter at: 10:29:00 PM
(Subscriber) Faneca, Free Agents, and a Recent Draft: John Taylor, Lane Adkins and Brent Sobleski bring the 411 an... http://bit.ly/dCTbPB

Posted on Twitter at: 5:24:00 PM
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

Posted on Twitter at: 3:52:00 PM
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

Posted on Twitter at: 1:59:00 PM
RT @Gator_sports: Rookie Report: Joe Haden is in a good situation with Cleveland ... http://bit.ly/auq9xZ

Posted on Twitter at: 10:29:00 AM
RT @Adam_Schefter Patriots released LB Adalius Thomas. Only question was when. And the when is now. Thomas now free to sign elsewhere.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:16:00 AM
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

Posted on Twitter at: 12:03:00 AM
Thanks for the question for the TV Show pilot folks!! We'll try to get as many on the air as we can!

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

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 25th from 17:12 to 22:32:

Posted on Twitter at: 9:30:00 PM
We are taking Browns questions or takes for use on the OBR TV pilot, filming tomorrow. Reply or DM @theobr. You will be credited on air.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:25:00 PM
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

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 25th from 10:33 to 13:10:

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

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

Positive Anecdote about Shawn Lauvao

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 Hawaii contest for strongest Hawaiian.

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