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Around the Pound (3/11): Browns at Jimmy Smith's Pro Day, Team Hurt by Labor Situation

In today's edition of Around the Pound, we take a look at the Browns being one of the teams at the Pro Day for cornerback Jimmy Smith, James Walker talking about how the Browns are the team that will be most hurt by the labor situation, and more.


Browns Attend Colorado Pro Day for CB Jimmy Smith

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Cleveland Browns attended the Pro Day of cornerback Jimmy Smith and did not disappoint.

Smith had a "solid" workout at his pro day, according to's Gil Brandt. "Smith is a talented guy who needs to work harder and get in better shape and take these workouts seriously," Brandt said. "Because he does have talent, but he sometimes doesn’t play up to it. He’s definitely the No. 3 corner in this draft behind Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara."

The latest projections have Smith going anywhere from the late first round to the early second round. It would seem like a great defensive upgrade if the Browns were to grab a stud defensive lineman with the No. 6 overall pick and then score Smith in the second round.

AFC North Labor Impact on the Browns

ESPN's James Walker says the Cleveland Browns will be one of the most affected teams by the league's labor situation. As most of you should know by now, the players union decided to decertify earlier today. Walker's reasons are simple: they are making significant system changes on both sides of the football with new coaching staffs:

A West Coast offense is all about timing, and McCoy will not get the usual amount of offseason preparation to learn the new playbook and work with his coaches and teammates. Whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Cleveland needs to make up for lost time ASAP.

Randy Lerner Makes Forbes' List of Billionaires

Forbes came out with their list of billionaires, and three members of the Lerner family, including the Browns' owner, are on the list. There are only two other billionaires listed for Ohio.

Off-Beat Notes

  • I finally watched Inception the other day on DVD and loved it. Besides the concept itself being fascinating, the cast worked well together and I loved the sound mixing/editing throughout the movie.
  • I hate to sound like a broken record by complaining about the weather, but come on...what is this, Cleveland? Last year today it was a high of 71 degrees. This year, after initially projected to have some warm weather, a sudden snow storm pelted us again for around 8-12 inches in less than 24 hours.
  • That wasn't even the biggest story of the day: the devastation in Japan was unbelievable to see. I can't imagine having to go through anything that is even a fraction of what they had happen there.