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Around the Pound (1/19): Hillis Talks Nickname, Kiper's Pick for Browns

In today's edition of Around the Pound, we take a look at some quotes from Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who Mel Kiper picked for the Browns in his first mock draft, the rejected Super Bowl commercial for 2011, and more.


Hillis on the Dan Patrick Show

Peyton Hillis was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show the other day. He talked about his feelings from his time in Denver, how things have been as a "white" running back in the league, and this little tidbit about some nicknames he has been hearing about:

"You know I heard a lot of different nicknames. I heard that one. You know I heard "White Rhino." I heard, crap, umm… "Chuck Norris," ah heck, I’ve heard it all. I kind of look down on that one just because you look at him as a overachiever. I didn’t enjoy that one too much. I really haven’t looked into. Whatever people want to think of me as I’ll just let of them think it as that way. You know I just never got into nicknames much."

Mel Kiper's First Mock Draft: A.J. Green

In Mel Kiper's first mock draft, he has the Cleveland Browns taking wide receiver A.J. Green with the No. 6 pick. Regarding Green, Kiper says "[he is the] complete package, with size, speed and solid route-running skills, and he will be the best friend of a young quarterback as a player that's able to go up and take the ball away."

If someone else takes Green and the Browns are hell-bent on taking a receiver, would Julio Jones jump to No. 6? Kiper currently has him going No. 14 overall to the St. Louis Rams, Pat Shurmur's former team.

Ashley Madison Super Bowl Commercial Rejected

Feel free to watch it for yourself. Should FOX have rejected this Super Bowl commercial from Ashley Madison?

The rejection of the seemingly G (rated) spot has lead founder Noel Biderman to believe it's the use of the hall of fame porn star that led to the rejection of the ad. "Now that so many adult film stars including Jenna Jameson and Sasha Grey have crossed over into the mainstream, it's disappointing that the NFL continues to discriminate against them. I wonder if they're planning on restricting Ben Roethlisberger from playing or Rex Ryan from coaching in the big game," said the disgruntled Biderman who is used to the rejection by now.

Off-Beat Notes

  • Falcons offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who is currently the team's quarterbacks coach, is expected to be the Browns' next offensive coordinator. Based on Shurmur's initial press conference, if Musgrave is hired, I assume Shurmur would still handle the playcalling duties.
  • Just caught the season premiere of American Idol. It seemed like they let through too many contestants near the beginning of the show, but the trio quickly seemed to find a groove. Steven Tyler seemed to have the best outing when it came to judging on the panel.
  • The Office returns Thursday. Soak in these next few months of Steve Carell on the show, it won't be the same without him.
  • Feel free to continue playing the NFL Playoff Challenge. I haven't done the greatest job so far, but I hope I can move ahead of some people over the next two rounds.