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Browns GM John Dorsey said during his pre-draft press conference he thinks "hand size is important" when looking for a quarterback.

It's possible foreshadowing as the Browns have continuously been linked to Wyoming QB Josh Allen, who has the largest hand size among quarterbacks in this year's class, with the No. 1 overall pick. "You'll laugh at me when I say it, but I think hand size is important,'' Dorsey said. "Hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy...We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role." Dorsey also went out of his way to acknowledge the Browns are making sure Sam Darnold, who fumbled 21 times in 24 starts at USC, has adequate hand size to hang on to the football in AFC North stadiums late in the season. "You worry about that sometimes," he said. Cleveland has reportedly "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports the Browns have "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

It is highly unlikely this actually happens, but that does not mean it is a bad idea. The success rate of even first-round quarterbacks is shockingly low, but taking two of the top quarterbacks would give Cleveland a decent shot at landing one long-term starter. If both pan out, they would also have a valuable trade chip to acquire future assets. That said, developing one quarterback is difficult enough, and it would be a challenge to find enough practice reps for Tyrod Taylor and two rookies. Still, the fact the Browns have even considering an out-of-the-box idea like this is a good sign.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

Senior Bowl director Phil Savage expects the Browns to draft Josh Allen with the first-overall pick.

"If you asked me that a week ago, I’d give you a different answer, but with Tyrod Taylor in place, I think they have time to develop behind the scenes," Savage said. "In that division, in that environment weather-wise, I think it could be Josh Allen when it’s all said and done." Savage hasn't been the GM in Cleveland for 10 years but does have connections to the team. With Taylor locked in as Cleveland's starter, Allen's perceived upside may be distancing him from Sam Darnold.
Apr 18 - 5:27 PM

According to Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley's agents don't want him to be picked by the Browns.

Barkley is represented by Roc Nation, which is headquartered in New York City, and the firm prefers Barkley is picked No. 2 by the Giants, landing the star running back smack-dab in the media capital of the world. According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far to advise Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" those demands. He's said he's willing to play wherever, including Cleveland. The Browns are an extreme long shot to take Barkley No. 1, but if he slips past the Giants at No. 2, there's a chance Cleveland would snag him at No. 4.
Apr 18 - 11:27 AM

Broncos claimed CB C.J. Smith off waivers from the Browns.

The Browns almost traded Smith to the Seahawks last month but the deal was nixed after he failed his physical. Smith spent most of last year on Cleveland's practice squad and will need to show well in camp to crack the Broncos' 53-man roster.
Apr 13 - 4:52 PM

Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich reports the Browns have terminated TE Gavin Escobar's contract.

Cleveland waived six others including WR Larry Pinkard and RB Kelvin Taylor. Escobar was always a long-shot to make the Browns' final 53 but his future continues to trend downward following another unsuccessful roster stint. A 2013 second-round pick by the Cowboys, Escobar spent training camp last year with the Chiefs before landing on the Ravens' roster for two games.
Apr 12 - 2:43 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah reports that "people familiar with the Browns' thinking" expect them to take Josh Allen with the first-overall pick.

"Just in talking to people around the league. It really picked up in the last week. A lot of people telling me, 'Hey, I think it's going to be Josh Allen.' It's either guys that have worked with John Dorsey or guys that are familiar with that room." The first-overall hype for Allen has faded since the Combine, but he fits the profile of quarterbacks Dorsey has drafted more than Sam Darnold. Allen's playing style is also a better scheme match for OC Todd Haley, who coordinated Ben Roethlisberger for six years. After trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Browns may be leaning toward Allen's upside over Darnold's floor.
Apr 11 - 4:39 PM

An "NFL talent evaluator" told NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo the Giants will select USC QB Sam Darnold if he is available at No. 2 overall.

This has been the buzz for several weeks. Unfortunately for the Giants, the Browns are also reportedly smitten with Darnold, meaning they need a Plan B. According to Lombardo's source, that plan does not involve a different quarterback. "Their top three choices are Darnold, [Penn State RB] Saquon Barkley, and [NC State EDGE] Bradley Chubb," the evaluator said. "They are debating Barkley vs. Chubb because they need an edge rusher but the scouts love Barkley." Both Barkley and Chubb have visited the Giants in the last week.
Apr 9 - 9:27 AM

Redskins acquired QB Kevin Hogan from the Browns for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Cleveland is also sending a sixth-round pick, so Washington only moves down 17 spots. It's a low-cost flyer for the Redskins that adds some backup competition for Colt McCoy. Hogan made eight appearances (one start) in the Browns' QB carousel over the last two years, throwing more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (4). He's not a lock for a roster spot.
Apr 6 - 5:44 PM

Profootballtalk reports UCLA QB Josh Rosen isn't attempting to avoid the Browns in the draft.

There's been chatter for months that Rosen will try to force his way around the Browns, but he doesn't have many options. The quarterback-desperate franchise owns the first and fourth picks. Were they to draft Rosen and he were dead set against playing for them, his only recourse would be sitting out a year and re-entering the 2019 draft. That will not happen.
Apr 2 - 1:58 PM

MMQB's Peter King was told by a "friend of Cleveland GM John Dorsey" the Browns will select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Browns have been strongly linked with USC's Sam Darnold at No. 1, but it appears as if that is not a done deal. The "friend" also expects Cleveland to stay at No. 4 overall and select Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, assuming he is not taken by the Giants at No. 2. Of course, making any declarations about draft intentions at the beginning of April is something of a fool's errand. With at least a couple quarterback-needy teams who could move up, the top of the draft could look dramatically different in a couple weeks.
Source: MMQB
Apr 2 - 9:15 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said he's "envisioned" pairing NC State DE Bradley Chubb with Myles Garrett on the defensive line.

The Browns are set on drafting a quarterback No. 1 with USC's Sam Darnold the likely target but Chubb could be available when Cleveland picks again at No. 4. "You kind of play that scenario game with all these different guys," said Jackson last week at the annual league meetings in Orlando. "I wish I could have them all." GM John Dorsey agreed that Chubb is an "unbelievable defensive prospect." A unanimous first-team All-American, Chubb set a school record with 25 sacks during his four-year tenure at NC State.
Apr 1 - 12:33 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Jets are not currently scheduled to work out USC QB Sam Darnold.

Breer reports the Jets have already worked out UCLA QB Josh Rosen and Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, and they will host a workout with Wyoming QB Josh Allen this week. As Breer points out, Darnold's exclusion from the list suggests the Jets firmly expect him to come off the board in the first two picks. The Browns are widely expected to select Darnold at No. 1, and if they do not, reports suggest the Giants would not pass on him at No. 2.
Source: MMQB
Mar 29 - 10:28 AM

Jaguars acquired QB Cody Kessler from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

Kessler replaces Chad Henne, who signed with the Chiefs, as Blake Bortles' current backup. Kessler was decent as a 2016 rookie starter across eight games, managing the offense and completing over 65% of his passes with a 6:2 TD:INT mark. However, he's reached his ceiling as an in-a-pinch No. 2.
Mar 28 - 2:39 PM

Browns GM John Dorsey said the team is discussing the possibility of signing free agent DE Junior Galette.

"We’re in conversation," Dorsey said. "It's not closed yet. His agent is here, and I was going to sit and talk with him today a little bit and just kind of feel him out." Galette managed three sacks last season, his first action since 2014 due to back-to-back Achilles' tears. With the rust now knocked off and Galette turning 30 on Tuesday, he has some pass-rush juice left in the tank.
Mar 26 - 7:20 PM

Browns signed QB Drew Stanton, formerly of the Cardinals, to a two-year contract.

Stanton's agent first reported the deal by congratulating his client on social media. Stanton joins a crowded quarterback committee that now consists of the recently acquired Tyrod Taylor, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan. It's likely Kessler or Hogan don't make it out of camp with Cleveland considering the Browns are fully expected to add another quarterback to their roster via the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in April's draft.
Mar 25 - 7:18 PM

Wyoming QB Josh Allen reportedly "dazzled" at the Cougars' Pro Day on Friday, and afterwards NFL Network's Mike Mayock suggested Allen is more naturally gifted than Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

Allen has drawn some Wentz comparisons in the scouting community. Both are big, athletic, strong-armed passers, and Allen played for the same coach Wentz did at North Dakota State. "From a physical talent perspective, this kid is a better athlete with more arm talent (than Wentz)," Mayock observed. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Allen "alleviated concerns about his 56.2 completion percentage at Wyoming and kept himself firmly in the conversation for the Browns' No. 1 overall pick." The Browns sent a full contingency of owner Jimmy Haslam, GM John Dorsey, coach Hue Jackson, assistant GM Eliot Wolf, and OC Ken Zampese to watch Allen's workout.
Mar 23 - 3:21 PM

The Browns hosted free agent QB Drew Stanton on Thursday.

Stanton, 34 in May, would add a veteran presence to a Cleveland quarterback room that lacked it last season after Hue Jackson encouraged Josh McCown to go into retirement and become a coach, leading to his release. The Browns' current quarterback depth chart reads Tyrod Taylor > Cody Kessler > Kevin Hogan.
Mar 22 - 5:45 PM

Performing at the University of San Diego's Pro Day on Thursday, free agent Johnny Manziel completed 36-of-38 passes and reportedly had a "strong day" in front of representatives from 12 NFL teams.

Manziel looked to be in good shape and generated positive reviews despite throwing in "light rain." Manziel said he has an offer from a CFL team and is well aware he still must prove himself before returning to the big leagues. Still only 25 years old, Manziel has sounded humbled after partying himself out of the pros. He recently appeared on Andrew Hawkins and Joe Thomas' podcast and apologized to both ex-Browns for blowing his first opportunity and wasting their time.
Mar 22 - 2:11 PM

Free agent CB E.J. Gaines is scheduled to visit the Jets on Thursday and Browns on Friday.

He already met with the Cardinals. The top young free agent cornerback left on the market, 26-year-old Gaines has primarily played zone coverage to this point. He spent time with Browns DC Gregg Williams in St. Louis and flourished as the Bills' No. 2 corner under Sean McDermott last season.
Mar 22 - 1:07 PM


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