Player News - Browns

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Browns selected Auburn T Shon Coleman with the No. 76 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Coleman (6'6/307) battled back from a leukemia diagnosis in 2010 to back up Greg Robinson before taking over as a starter as a redshirt junior and senior. He made 25 starts at left tackle and earned second-team All-SEC in 2015. Coleman has ideal length (35 1/8) and huge hands (10 5/8"), and his drive-blocking ability is reminiscent of Robinson's. Coleman is not nearly the athlete Robinson is, however, and he will be a 25-year-old rookie. Due to his suspect pass protection, Coleman might be best served moving to right tackle or even left guard.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Browns selected Penn State EDGE Carl Nassib with the No. 65 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Nassib (6'7/277) earned 2015's Lombardi Award as the nation's best defensive front seven player, setting a Penn State single-season record with 15.5 sacks and leading the nation in forced fumbles (6). Although Nassib lacks quick-twitch athleticism, he combines outstanding length (34 1/2") with huge hands (10 3/8") and a relentless motor. If Nassib improves his strength -- the former walk-on gained 70 pounds in college and hasn't yet caught up in the weight room -- he could have a future at strong-side defensive end. We suspect Nassib will struggle for playing time early, especially in the Browns' 3-4 scheme. He could carve out an early role in sub packages.
Apr 29 - 9:42 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma State DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Ogbah (6'4/273) earned 2015 co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, setting a school record for quarterback hurries and logging 28 sacks in 36 career starts. Ogbah shredded the Combine, ranking top three among defensive linemen in the forty (4.63), broad jump (10'1"), and vertical (35.5"). Ogbah has go-go-gadget arms (35 1/2") and shows an ability to convert his speed into power, but is too frequently washed out in run defense and shows a limited array of pass-rush moves. Each of the analytics-minded Browns' first two draft picks have checked boxes for both high-level college production and high-level measurables.
Apr 29 - 7:15 PM

Coach Hue Jackson gushed about first-round WR Corey Coleman.

"What a tremendous athlete and the suddenness and quickness," Jackson said. "This guy's arrow is just going to go through the roof. ... He scores touchdowns. The guy, he can light it up from anywhere on the field." Coleman to the Browns was one of our favorite picks of the opening round, and he's going to a great coach in Jackson who won't be shy about featuring him. Coleman has the ability make an immediate impact as the Browns' No. 1 receiver.
Apr 29 - 9:23 AM

Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Browns traded back from No. 2 to 8 to 15, stockpiled high-end picks, and still got the top receiver in the draft. Coleman (5'11/194) earned the 2015 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout, finishing his three-year career with a 173-3,009-33 receiving line and averaging 17.4 yards per catch. A freak athlete, Coleman blazed 4.40 at Baylor's Pro Day after posting a 40 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine. There is some Odell Beckham to Coleman's game with the abilities to outrun coverage, outplay everyone else on the field, and pile up yards after catch with both strength and elusiveness. Coleman's drawbacks are his size and 17 drops the past two seasons. Either way, this is a dynamic playmaker with an outrageous ceiling.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas was told by team officials they have "no plans" to trade him.

In full rebuild mode, there has been speculation Cleveland would attempt to move the All-Pro for future assets. The Browns have consistently said they plan to keep Thomas, however, and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi said there was "nothing brewing" on the trade front earlier this month. Cleveland would likely jump at the right offer, but it does not appear they are actively trying to move their best offensive player.
Apr 28 - 12:45 PM

Browns EVP of football operations Sashi Brown said he would not be interested in trading back into the first round to grab a quarterback.

"I don't think we would have to move up from 32 to get any player that we'd be interested in taking," Brown said. "I don't anticipate or plan to move off 32 to go get a quarterback." In full rebuild mode, it makes more sense for the Browns to trade down than up, and they will try their best to move back as much as possible this year. Cleveland is smartly focused on acquiring future assets as they start their reconstruction.
Apr 28 - 11:45 AM

The New York Post predicts the Jets select Baylor WR Corey Coleman in the first round.

There are a lot of predictions about a lot of teams floating around on draft morning, but this one is interesting. Despite having Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker locked atop the depth chart, the Jets have been increasingly linked with first-round receivers in recent days. Where there is this much smoke, there is usually some fire. Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell and TCU's Josh Doctson could also be options. The Jets run four wide on a third of their snaps.
Apr 28 - 8:54 AM

Josh McCown called Terrelle Pryor's progress at wide receiver "exciting."

McCown is a fairly straight shooter, so we didn't immediately write this off as fluff. "Man, we were just talking about him," McCown said. "I'm very impressed. His skill set is impressive, but last year he was thinking about too many things. His skill set is coming back to life. You're starting to see little glimpses of what he can become. It's exciting." The Browns' wideout depth chart is barren enough that Pryor should be in the mix for meaningful 2016 snaps.
Apr 22 - 3:07 PM

Robert Griffin III called working with throwing guru Tom House this offseason a "really, really beneficial experience."

"You want to work with guys that have worked with the greats," said Griffin, referring to House's past work with Tom Brady and Drew Brees. "So I wanted to take on that challenge and challenge myself to be great and try to work with a guy that knows how to make that happen." With Jared Goff and Carson Wentz out of the picture, RG3 should open 2016 as the clear-cut starter in Cleveland. It's a golden opportunity for Griffin to right the ship after injuries and ineffectiveness derailed his time in Washington.
Apr 22 - 3:01 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik "hears" Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta will only observe the draft process this year.

Dominik says it is part of DePodesta's education. The Browns have been clear DePodesta will serve more as a big-picture guy and advisor than a decision maker, so this news is not a big surprise. It is possible Cleveland is easing DePodesta in to what will be a more hands-on role in the future. EVP of football operations Sashi Brown is making final decisions in the front office.
Apr 21 - 11:00 PM

Robert Griffin III said he is not bothered by having to earn the Browns' starting job.

"It doesn’t bother me at all because everything you obtain in this world is earned. It’s not given," he said. "So throughout my career, I’ve earned everything that I’ve gotten, and when things didn’t work out, it was my fault." Both Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson made it clear Griffin will not be given the starting job, but after Cleveland traded the No. 2 pick, it would be surprising if RG3 is not under center Week 1. Despite the trade, the Browns are still likely to draft a quarterback.
Apr 21 - 9:11 PM

Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo weighed 227 pounds at the end of the 2015 season.

Mingo was listed at 240, but played ridiculously light. He's spent the offseason trying to bulk up — working out and eating 5,892 calories per day — and is now up to 251 pounds. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft is trying to get stronger and harder to take down. Mingo will still have to earn a bigger role in camp.
Apr 21 - 7:46 PM

Brian Hartline (broken collarbone) is participating in the Browns' offseason program.

Hartline is being eased in, but he's over the injury that ended his 2015. Absurdly, Hartline is currently a clear No. 1 on the Browns' receiver depth chart. That could change after the draft, or, of course, if Josh Gordon is reinstated.
Apr 21 - 7:23 PM

Browns CB Joe Haden (ankle surgery) remains in a walking boot.

Haden went under the knife a month ago. Speaking two weeks ago, coach Hue Jackson declined to put a timetable on Haden's return. Browns EVP Sashi Brown said earlier this offseason that it was "too early to tell" if Haden would be ready for Week 1. In addition to an ankle injury last season, Haden suffered a severe concussion, as well as rib and finger issues.
Apr 21 - 7:20 PM


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