2012 NFL Draft
ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the 2012 NFL Draft today. Immediately after the draft, Kiper gave the Browns a B- for the draft they put together. Cleveland's new grade has them improving slightly to a B. Kiper's explanation is listed after the jump.
"The Sunday Five" is a loosely-titled piece where I talk about five NFL- or Browns-related topics related to this past week. In tonight's late-night bonus edition, we take a look at what it means that the team did not draft a safety, our record-breaking numbers this past weekend for Dawgs By Nature, and more.
"The Sunday Five" is a loosely-titled piece where I talk about five NFL- or Browns-related topics related to this past week. In today's early edition, we take a look at the strategy the front office took during the three-day draft, what positions-of-need were left unaddressed, and more.
The NFL Draft might be over, but the fun hasn't ended yet. The media, along with the players themselves, are reporting on the undrafted free agents who teams are trying to sign. After the jump is a list of players who have been rumored to have been contacted and signed by the Browns.
With the Cleveland Browns final selection in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, they selected tight end Brad Smelley out of Alabama. Whether it counts for anything or not, consider that Smelley is from the same college as running back Trent Richardson.
You don't think of getting too many high-profile prospects in the seventh round, but that might be a different story with the Cleveland Browns' first of two seventh-round draft picks. With the 245th pick overall, the Browns selected cornerback Trevin Wade out of Arizona.
The Cleveland Browns used their fourth-round draft picks on wide receiver Travis Benjamin and ILB James-Micheal Johnson, drawing some pretty positive reactions from fans. Cleveland still has five draft picks to go, though, and it's time to crack open a new open thread! Here are Cleveland's remaining picks.
It is Day 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft, and fans will undoubtedly be wondering when the Cleveland Browns will be drafting a wide receiver today. Will it be at the start of the day in round four, or later on? Cleveland had the following seven draft picks available heading into Saturday.
Head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert met with the media following the conclusion of round three of the 2012 NFL Draft Friday night. They talked about the selections of offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and defensive tackle John Hughes, the status of quarterback Colt McCoy, and the decision not to take a wide receiver.
Do you know what we found out today? The front office must be pretty content sticking with the likes of Greg Little, Joshua Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Jordan Norwood at wide receiver for another year.
After taking a running back and a quarterback on Thursday, prognosticators expected Cleveland's front office to address either the wide receiver or offensive line position. When the pick came in, it was offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz of California.
It is Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft, and the Cleveland Browns will be on the clock right away at No. 37 overall. There are plenty of interesting prospects still available, but will Tom Heckert and company move up still? After all, there were a ton of trades in the first round yesterday.
Following the first round of the NFL Draft last night, head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert met with the local media. The full transcript from their news conference is after the jump, although I have re-organized it based on the topics discussed.
Last night, the guys were busy reviewing how each division performed in the AFC North. Here is what the guys had to say about Cleveland taking Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, and what the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens did.
Richardson is considered an all-around back, and has been pegged by many as the best running back coming out of college since Adrian Peterson. Many people here at Dawgs By Nature had made it clear that we preferred that Richardson not be the pick, but it is what it is.
The Cleveland Browns' pick at No. 22 is coming up soon, and plenty of offensive linemen are still on the board! Will that be the direction the front office goes? Use this as your next open thread!
The Cleveland Browns traded up to the No. 3 spot to grab running back Trent Richardson, and there have been about a zillion other trades after that as well. The first round is off to a jolting start, so stay tuned. Cleveland already moved up once, and they could do so again -- they still have the No. 22 overall pick.
He might not have been the pick every Cleveland fan wanted, and we didn't think the Browns would have to trade up if they wanted him. Now that he is officially a member of the team though, of course we are going to support running back Trent Richardson, who was drafted No. 3 overall.
Only the first round of the draft will take place today, and it is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM EST. Teams will have a maximum of ten minutes to make their selections. In 2011, the first round lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you hope to watch the entire first round, you should expect it to be over around 11:30 PM EST.
It is Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft. Today begins a three-day stretch in which we will see just how much offense the front office goes with, having three pretty high draft picks in their weaponry.
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off tonight, meaning all of those repetitive conversations you have had about the draft over the past few months will either make you look like you are clueless, or in the minds of the Cleveland Browns' front office.
In short, the way a big board works is that you ask yourself, "if we could choose from any possible player in the draft, who would we take first? If that player is gone, who would we take instead? And so on..."
For the first time in Dawgs By Nature history, I present to you the staff's 2012 NFL Mock Draft. After the jump, you will see the final first-round mock drafts from myself, Bernie19Kosar, rufio, and Jon @ DBN.
In addition to selecting Trent Richardson at No. 4 overall and David DeCastro at No. 22 overall for the Cleveland Browns, Casserly projected three subplots that will play a heavy role in the first round.
It's time for the fourth and final edition of our "Tracking the Cleveland Browns Draft Interests" feature. Two players were added since the last edition, and two players added an extra "x" to one of their columns. We'll see how many of Cleveland's draft picks this year ended up being on this board!
I am sure many of you are familiar with who Greg Cosell is. If you are not, he is generally a well-respected NFL analyst and works with NFL Films. He has never released a mock draft, but decided to do so on Monday.
I ranked them in order of who Bovada believes is the favorite to go at No. 4 overall; Richardson is the most likely option, followed by Tannehill, Blackmon, and finally Claiborne. My eyes are fixated on the massive amount regarding Blackmon, and the fact that Tannehill is considered a much more likely pick.
Anyway, let's get to the picks. At No. 4 overall, Ryan has the Browns taking Ryan Tannehill. Ryan is a St. Louis Rams fan, so maybe this is another way to "stick it" to the Browns, having already done so in the Robert Griffin III situation. You'd think the Rams would go after Justin Blackmon at No. 6, but instead, Ryan has Blackmon falling to...
"The Sunday Five" is a loosely-titled piece where I talk about five NFL- or Browns-related topics related to this past week. In today's late-night edition, we sift through a few rumors about Cleveland's intentions during the first and second rounds of the draft.
NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call this past Thursday as he answered questions from reports across the league (there definitely had to be one Browns reporter on the call, since three questions were asked about Cleveland).
When a news conference is as long as the one that Heckert had, you look for the "little" things to see if perhaps the person tipped their hand a little bit as to what the team's intentions are with the No. 4 overall pick next week. As far as remaining secretive goes, I guess I'd award Heckert a "mission accomplished" sticker.
On Wednesday, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated posted the latest edition of his mock draft, which has the Cleveland Browns drafting running back Trent Richardson and wide receiver Kendall Wright in the first round.
It's time for the third edition of our "Tracking the Cleveland Browns Draft Interests" feature. A total of 7 players were added since the last edition, five of whom had visits/workouts scheduled with the team. The total of workouts/visits reported so far is 28, so it seem as though the team could bring in two more players before the draft.