Browns General Manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine wrapped up the 2015 NFL Draft during a news conference Saturday night. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On who is bringing in all of the west coast players to the Browns in this year’s draft:
Farmer: ‘We had several people go through the west coast. We do things a little differently so a variety of scouts have made their way out there. I’d just like to give all that credit to our group as a whole.”
On whether this draft was meant to get back to the basics, rather than ‘making a big splash’ like last year:
Farmer: “I think from my perspective it’s more about… I think both drafts were the same. The splash is not from us. We took the players that we liked. It’s not about taking somebody with name recognition. It’s not about taking somebody for any other reason than besides we think the guy’s a good football player. From my perspective, I think we just take guys that we like and we think can play the positions they’re going to be asked to play.”To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the seventh round (No. 241 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
It was the Browns' final pick of this year's draft. They selected 12 players and made three trades.
Here is a breakdown of the 5-foot-9, 192-pound Ekpre-Olomu from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
BACKGROUND: A four-star cornerback recruit out of high school, Ekpre-Olomu narrowed his college choice down to two schools, Oregon and Cal, choosing the Ducks. He saw the field as a true freshman (two starts), tallying 34 tackles and eight passes defended. Ekpre-Olomu became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2012 and recorded a conference-best 20 passes defended and six forced fumbles, earning First Team All-Pac 12 and All-American honors. He started all 13 games in 2013 as a junior and finished with a career-best 84 tackles and five tackles for loss, adding nine passes defended and three interceptions, earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors. Ekpre-Olomu started the first 13 games of 2014 before a knee injury knocked him out of the Rose Bowl, ending his senior season with 63 tackles, 11 passes defended and two interceptions. He earned First Team All-Pac 12 honors for the third straight season and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Ekpre-Olomu earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl, but was unable to participate due to injury.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Southern California inside linebacker Hayes Pullard in the seventh round (No. 219 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Here is a breakdown of the 6-foot- 1/2, 240-pound Pullard from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
BACKGROUND: A four-star running back/linebacker recruit out of high school, Hayes “HP” Pullard held scholarship offers from every Pac-12 program, committing to USC and redshirting in 2010 after a knee injury. He stayed on defense and earned the starting nod at WILL linebacker in 2011, leading the team in total tackles (81) and earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors. Pullard had his most productive season in 2012 as a sophomore, seeing playing time at middle and weakside linebacker, finishing with 107 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks and earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors. He started 14 games in 2013 as a junior and posted 94 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors. Pullard finished the 2014 season with 95 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, earning All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors for the third time in four years. He received an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.
STRENGTHS: Active athlete with rangy chase skills…strong take-on skills with good bulk on his frame…smooth transitional player with fluid movements to break down and rally to the ball…natural instincts with good timing and anticipation in the run game to sniff out the play…dissects and tracks the ball well, not getting fooled by eye candy…physical striker with closing skills downhill, tackling low and wrapping through his target…aggressive angles with the anger to finish – highly active eyes and legs…mature personality with attractive leadership traits…durable four-year starter and two-year team captain, seeing time at both MIKE and WILL linebacker (51 career starts – 29 MIKE, 22 WILL) – also played on special teams coverages...highly productive with 377 total tackles and 20 passes defended, earning All-Conference honors each of the last four seasons.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Southern California tight end Randall Telfer in the sixth round (No. 198 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Here is a breakdown of the 6-foot-3 3/4, 250-pound Telfer from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
SUMMARY: After an impressive redshirt freshman season, Telfer put his name on the NFL map as a player to watch, but he struggled to find an identity on the USC offense the last few years, failing to match his 2011 production. Spending most of his time inline, Telfer has an athletic skill-set to make acrobatic catches and block with flexibility, showing reliable effort in both areas. Despite the hustle, he lacks the overpowering strength to latch-and-sustain with passive hands – can be tossed by edge rushers. Telfer has enough speed in his routes, but is inconsistent at the stem and tends to fight the ball, leading to drops – more of a blocker than receiver in USC’s offense. Although he is a hard worker and toughs out pain, he has a long injury history, most recently arthroscopic surgery on his knee (April 2014) and left foot surgery (March 2015). Telfer flashes and he might be able to live on special teams (two career blocked field goals), but his track record makes it tough to trust him.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Mississippi State tight end/fullback Malcolm Johnson in the sixth round (No. 195 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Here is a breakdown of Johnson from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang:
STRENGTHS: Johnson earned Second Team All-SEC honors a year ago by the league coaches but doesn't play the traditional tight end role, seeing most of his action on the wing or in the slot. He possesses a strong, well-built frame and sticky hands to make tough grabs.
WEAKNESSES: He does not possess the explosive start off the snap or straight-line speed to generate consistent separation, and therefore will have to make an NFL team based on his jack-of-all-trades game.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Louisville cornerback Charles Gaines in the sixth round (No. 189 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Here is a breakdown of Gaines from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
BACKGROUND: A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Gaines committed to Louisville over offers from West Virginia, Marshall and UCF, redshirting in 2011. He was a little-used redshirt freshman receiver in 2012, recording 11 catches for 172 yards and one touchdown, but transitioned to cornerback the following spring. Gaines started 10 games as a sophomore in 2013 and finished with 22 tackles, leading the team with 12 passes defended and five interceptions. He again started 10 games in 2014 as a junior and finished with 36 tackles, 12 passes defended and two interceptions, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. Gaines elected to skip his senior season to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
STRENGTHS: Light-footed athlete with an easy transition to stay hip-to-hip with receivers – tough to gain a step on him vertically…above average speed…excellent drive-and-burst when breaking on the ball, reading, baiting and attacking…functional length to jam and disrupt at the line of scrimmage…patient feet in press with controlled movements to shadow and leverage the field…aggressive in coverage and that physical attitude translates in run support, throwing his body around…natural ball awareness and timing to be dialed in with his eyes in the right place…sure of himself and doesn’t play scared, showing the mental toughness needed…bought in to the position change and uses his receiver experience to anticipate routes and recognize tendencies…reliable ballskills with 24 passes defended and seven interceptions the last two seasons after moving to defense…four career touchdowns (one receiving, one interception return, one punt return and one kick return) – 28.3 career average on kick returns (12/339/1)…short memory and carries himself with an optimistic attitude – vocal and loves to talk…answered well to tough coaching and has showed improved leadership.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Washington State University wide receiver Vince Mayle in the fourth round (No. 123 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Mayle is the first receiver the Browns have drafted since Ray Farmer became general manager last year. He is the 13th player selected during Farmer's tenure.
Here is a breakdown of Mayle from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
BACKGROUND: Growing up thinking basketball was his future, Mayle played one season at Shasta Community College on the hardcourt (2009-10) before taking a year off and switching sports to football, enrolling at Sierra College in 2011 and becoming one of the top JUCO receivers after the 2012 season. He was a three-star wide receiver/tight end JUCO recruit and passed up offers from Kentucky, West Virginia and others to stay on the west coast and enroll at Washington State. He finished fourth on the Cougars in receiving as a junior in 2013, recording 42 catches for 539 yards and seven scores. Mayle emerged as one of the top Pac-12 receiving threats in 2014 as a senior with a conference-best 106 receptions, 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors. He earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.To read more or comment...
The Browns selected Northwestern University safety Ibraheim Campbell in the fourth round (No. 115 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Then they traded No. 116 to the Arizona Cardinals, who used the pick on Delaware State defensive tackle Rodney Gunter. In return, the Browns received selections in the fourth (No. 123), sixth (No. 198) and seventh (No. 241) rounds.
Here is a breakdown of Campbell from NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's draft guide:
BACKGROUND: A three-star defensive back recruit out of high school, Campbell made clear that academics were an important part of his recruitment, choosing Northwestern over Boston College, Stanford and others. After redshirting in 2011, he became a starter in 2011 as a redshirt freshman and led the team in tackles (100), earning Freshman All-American honors. Campbell started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2012 and posted a career-best 14 passes defended, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He started all 12 games as a junior in 2013 and again finished among team leaders in tackles (73) and passes defended (9), including a career-best four interceptions to earn All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. Campbell was sidelined with an injury for a good portion of his senior season in 2014 and started eight games, finishing with 54 tackles and three interceptions, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.To read more or comment...
What do you like about Orchard?
Pettine: His college production just jumps out at you. As you go through this process, sometimes it gets very complicaed with the numbers and the statistics and the measurables. We have a saying, 'The best predictor of future success is past success.' This is a guy who has a knack. He can find a quarterback. It was a guy we've had our eye on for a long time and very excited for him to become a Cleveland Brown.
What changed from his junior to senior year, he went from 3.5 sacks to 18.5 sacks?
Farmer: Player utilization is a big part of it. He was not a guy who had his hand on the ground a lot. This past year they moved the kid all over the place, he played stacked, he played sam, he played everywhere. I think it was the ability to not be pegged in one spot and move around and use his skill set against a variety of people. You can see the kid's got all the tools to have success.To read more or comment...