- Asante Samuel Jr. has skills Browns may want (Beacon Journal) - Whichever team picks Asante Samuel Jr. in the April 29-May 1 NFL Draft will also have high expectations for the standout cornerback. He’s projected to become a first- or second-round selection and could interest the Browns, who have a need at his position and choices late in the first two rounds
- Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari believes he can bend it like Myles Garrett and would love to race him to the QB (cleveland.com) - Georgia edge-rusher Azeez Ojulari, one of the players the Browns are considering at No. 26 overall in the NFL Draft, believes he can bend it like Myles Garrett, and would love to have the chance to race him to the quarterback.
- No team has been worse at drafting WRs than the Browns (Browns Wire) - One of the reasons Browns fans appreciate the newfound success under GM Andrew Berry and the current regime is because of the long-term suffering at the hands of prior regimes that just weren’t good at their jobs. Look no further than the utter ineptitude of drafting wide receivers.
- How Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins have used their bond to encourage growth in racial equality (clevelandbrowns.com) - Joe Thomas never thought he’d make an attempt to befriend Andrew Hawkins when he first saw him in the Browns’ locker room in 2014. But Thomas soon learned that none of those reasons were true barriers to forging a friendship with Hawkins. Their positions didn’t have to stop them from speaking on or off the field. More importantly, their race and backgrounds offered a powerful opportunity to share perspectives and build a life-changing relationship.
- Justin Fields embodies the NFL’s future, so why is his draft stock slipping? (The Guardian) - The Ohio State quarterback is a perfect fit for the modern NFL offense but old stereotypes may be hurting his standing
- Falcons ‘aligned’ for NFL draft (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) - Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith’s first draft together in their collaborative relationship is approaching. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Fontenot is more focused on a quarterback, while Smith is fine with Matt Ryan. While Fontenot was not available to comment on the matter, it was made clear that Fontenot and Smith are “aligned.”
- Coach, broadcaster, esports icon: Inside the legacy of John Madden (ESPN) - As John Madden turns 85, those who know him best share the stories that capture how he changed the sports we watch, how we watch them and how our kids — and their kids — will learn football.
- A foundering football star killed a family. No one knows why. (New York Times) - A small city that bills itself as Football City U.S.A. is grappling with the shooting deaths of members of a prominent local family by Phillip Adams who, many say, had been adrift after his N.F.L. career ended.