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Cleveland Browns mock draft database: Logic dictates decisions

By Dan Kadar Published: April 26, 2015
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It's officially the week of the 2015 NFL Draft, and the last week for everyone to get their mock draft on. This week's mocks were much tamer than last week's, which were filled with ridiculous trades. Which do you think is more likely?

Published April 23
No. 12: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
No. 19: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
No. 43: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
No. 77: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah

Explanation: "The Browns upgraded their defensive and offensive lines with their first two picks and Williams gives them a pass-catching weapon at tight end to replace Jordan Cameron."

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2015 NFL Draft: Transcript from Browns GM Ray Farmer's pre-draft news conference

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2015

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer met with reporters Thursday for a pre-draft news conference. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

Opening statement: “Hey, I appreciate everybody coming out. It’s draft time, which seems like the next most exciting time in comparison to the season. We’ve contended all along that we want to build through the draft here. The draft’s important. It’s important for us. It’s important to make the right decisions, get the right guys. Strategically, I would tell you that you plan for Scenario A to happen and, inevitably, that could happen or there are contingency plans, as well, to move on. In that, you think about best player available. You think about what needs you may think you may have to address, but need shouldn’t outweigh taking the best players for today and tomorrow. The things I think are hot buttons in the league now – character’s obviously one of them, guys have existing issues, understanding what they are, understand your risk and your tolerance for risk and when you take risks. Those are all out there. I think we really focus on the idea of continuing to ‘Play Like a Brown’ and add guys to that. I think last year was interesting for us – ‘Pett’s (Head Coach Mike Pettine) first year, my first year, new coaching staff. I think that blend has been a lot smoother this year for how we kind of come about and get together and get everybody organized so that we can make the right decisions for our ball club and how those guys fit. At the end of the day, we really feel good. There are 10 picks. We’ve got two in the first round, three of the top 43. We’ve got four of the top 77. We’re excited about kind of where we’re at and what’s happening. I guess I should take a moment and really thank the scouts. Those are the guys that I don’t even know if a lot of you guys even know who a lot of our scouts are, to pick them out if they were just walking through the building. A lot of tireless effort, singularly focused on improving the football team. I know a lot of times it may seem like those are forgotten warriors, but they’re not. They’re a vital part of the process, and they help us get to where we’re going. I also want to thank our coaching staff…Did a tremendous job this year, as well, of working both with us. I guess I can get to that for a second…Took some liberties this year to kind of change how we did some things during the offseason blending and blurring the line between the scouts and the coaches, having those guys work together on some projects to flush out some of the conversations early on which I thought was a good part of that. Our group and how we kind of come to these answers is really collaborative. At the end of the day, I know myself, (Vice President, player personnel) Morocco Brown, (Executive Chief of Staff) Bill Kuharich, Mike Pettine have spent a lot of time the last several weeks kind of locked behind doors kind of putting the finishing touches on where we think we are in the draft and who we like and, again, what that plan and what that contingency plan would look like moving forward. I think I might have taken enough of the time just kind of catching you guys up as to how we got to where we’re at. If there’s any questions, I’m open.”

On if he is expecting his phone to be ringing more than normal because of how aggressive the Browns were in the first round last year: “I think the big thing for us now is the fact that we have picks. They’re not compensatory picks. They’re just regular picks. We can move any of them. I think that’s what spurns people to call you is the flexibility that you may have in the draft because of the number of picks that you possess.”

On if he expects to be as active in the draft in regard to making trades as the Browns were last year: “For me, it’s more about looking at not being aggressive for the sake of being aggressive or moving for the sake of moving but trying to create the opportunities that you can create value and you can capitalize on that value.”

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Highlights from Browns GM Ray Farmer’s pre-draft news conference

By Ohio.com staff Published: April 23, 2015

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer met with reporters today to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft, which takes place April 30-May 2. Here are some highlights from the news conference. 

Former #Browns CB Hanford Dixon is scheduled to announce the team's second-round draft pick next Friday from Chicago. #NFLDraft #NFL

#Browns GM Ray Farmer just entered media room in Berea for pre-draft news conference. #NFLDraft #NFL

#Browns GM Ray Farmer said we've contended all along we want to build through the draft here. You plan for scenario A but need contingencies

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2015

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after the second session of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

Opening statement: “It’s great having our players back in the building. This is always a big day for the coaching staff. We’ve missed having them here. I don’t know if I can say that’s a mutual feeling – whether they’ve missed us – but we’ve certainly missed them. When the season ends the way our season ended, especially have that bad taste in your mouth…Obviously, made some staff changes and analyzed our system from a personnel standpoint, from a scheme standpoint, from a structure standpoint. Made a lot of changes and a lot of thoughts moving forward, and have been planning for this day for a couple months now. This is really the process of building the team. The 2015 season started today. It’s good to get the new faces here along with the old ones…Just getting everybody together and beginning to bond. You’d like to think that the start of the season is so far off, and it truly isn’t. We have them for nine weeks now. Then, there will be a little bit of a break in late June, early July. Then, we’ll be right back at it in training camp. We get two weeks of phase one, three weeks of phase two – which is just essentially phase one, but we’re allowed to go out on the field – then three weeks of OTA practices (organized team activities). Then, we’ll have the mandatory minicamp. I believe it’s the third week of June. Again, it’s just nine weeks, and we have a lot to get done. It’s really on two different fronts.

“Offensively, I don’t want to say we’re starting new because there’ll be a lot of carryover, a lot of carryover with the terminology. Having (offensive line coach) Andy Moeller and (assistant offensive line coach) George DeLeone still here as the offensive line coaches – I think that’s a great benefit. They’re both outstanding teachers, and were very influential last year in what we did. There’s a lot of carryover. From a playbook standpoint, it’s a lot easier to keep the terminology the same for the players and have the coaches adapt. ‘Flip’ (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) will be the first one to tell you that. He was able to adjust to some of the terminology before. It’s not starting over brand new from a system standpoint.

“Defensively, I know those guys are excited going into Year Two – just kind of having so many more answers to the test, whether that’s knowing our players better, knowing our opponents better and just our own scheme better. Then, having the ability to get through that film and some of the problems that are well-documented – looking to get them fixed. Today is also the start of that, as well.

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Browns to visit New York Jets in 2015 season opener, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2015

Click the link for an updated schedule story: Browns to open 2015 season on road against Jets, host Ravens on ‘Monday Night Football’ in November

The Browns will visit the New York Jets in the 2015 season opener at 1 p.m. Sept. 13, according to NJ.com.

The Browns went 7-9 last season, and the Jets were 4-12.

The NFL will announce the regular-season schedules for all 32 teams at 8 p.m. Tuesday. NFL Network will air a schedule-release special from 8-11 p.m.

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2015 NFL Draft: Are Browns open to trading up for QB Marcus Mariota? Mike Pettine: 'Sure. Why not?'

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2015

The NFL Draft is nine days away and everyone wants to know whether the Browns will use their ammunition -- the 12th and 19th overall picks -- to trade up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Browns coach Mike Pettine was asked during a news conference Tuesday whether he's open to making the blockbuster move.

"Sure," Pettine said with a big grin. "Why not?"

Answering the "why not," a reporter immediately pointed out the Browns could be happy with their quarterback situation and decide they don't want to trade.

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Browns Pro Bowl FS Tashaun Gipson is notable absence from start of offseason workouts

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2015

Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson, a restricted free agent, did not report to Browns headquarters Monday for the start of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

The Browns extended a second-round tender to Gipson on March 9. If he were to play under the tender, he would be scheduled to make $2.356 million during the 2015 season.

Gipson, 24, has made it known via social media he's less than elated about the second-round tender.

Browns coach Mike Pettine was asked March 24 at the NFL owners meetings if the organization was trying to sign Gipson to a long-term deal.

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Johnny Manziel reunites with Browns by reporting to team headquarters for offseason workouts

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2015

Quarterback Johnny Manziel took a small step Monday in his quest to regain everyone's trust and respect by reporting to Browns headquarters for the start of the team's offseason conditioning program.

A person familiar with the situation told the Beacon Journal Manziel is in attendance for the voluntary workouts in Berea just like the Browns expected. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to publicly discuss attendance.

The former Heisman Trophy winner has been in town since at least Sunday afternoon, when he sat courtside during the Cavaliers' 113-100 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series at Quicken Loans Arena.

Less than two weeks ago, Manziel was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks receiving treatment for possible substance abuse. He checked in Jan. 28 and news of his release broke April 11.

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Cleveland Browns mock draft database: Strange trades abound

By Dan Kadar Published: April 19, 2015
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As we get closer and closer to the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, mock draft writers are getting more adventuous with the Cleveland Browns. In this week's mock draft roundup we see several trades. Some of them are quite strange.

Published April 16
No. 12: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
No. 19: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Explanation: "Louisville’s DeVante Parker has an excellent mix of size (6-3, 209
pounds), speed (4.45 40 at the Combine), soft hands, catch radius and body control on tougher
catches.

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel issues statement about one week after being discharged from rehab

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 17, 2015

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, their fans and says he intends to "regain everyone’s trust and respect"

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel released a statement through the team Friday about a week after being discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks receiving treatment for possible substance abuse.

The full statement is below.

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

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