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NFL Draft 2011: List of the Browns' eight selections

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

To recap the Browns' 2011 NFL Draft, here is a list of the eight players whom the team selected:

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select Nebraska DB Eric Hagg with 248th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns selected Nebraska defensive back Eric Hagg today in the seventh round (No. 248) of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Hagg was the Browns' final pick of the draft.

Hagg played Nebraska's "Peso" position, which is a hybrid linebacker-defensive back. Pro Football Weekly projects him as a free safety in the NFL.

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NFL Draft 2011: Notes about the Browns' two fifth-round selections

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns drafted Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine, pictured above, today in the fifth round (No. 137) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Then, they traded both of their sixth-round picks (Nos. 168 and 170) to the Minnesota Vikings to move back up into the fifth round and take Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (No. 150). The Browns distributed the following notes about their fifth-round selections:

Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine

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NFL Draft 2011: Notes about the Browns' second- and fourth-round selections

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns drafted Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (No. 37) and North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little (No. 59) in the second round and USC tight end Jordan Cameron (No. 102) and Stanford fullback Owen Marecic (No. 124) in the fourth round. The Browns distributed the following notes about each player:

Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns trade up into fifth round, select Pitt OL Jason Pinkston with 150th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns traded back up into the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and selected Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston today with the 150th overall pick.

The Browns traded their two sixth-round picks (Nos. 168 and 170) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 150th overall selection. They then took Pinkston at No. 150. Following the trade, the Browns' only remaining pick is in the seventh round (No. 248).

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select Tenn.-Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine with 137th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns selected Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine today in the fifth round (137th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In his four-year collegiate career, Skrine compiled 155 tackles, 21 pass breakups and five interceptions. Last season, he had 39 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception.

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select Stanford FB Owen Marecic with 124th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns selected Stanford fullback Owen Marecic today with their second pick of the fourth round (124th overall pick). Marecic also played middle linebacker in college.

In fact, the 6-foot, 246-pound Marecic was a full-time starter on both sides of the ball and the only player in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision to do so. He scored on offense and defense in the same game against Notre Dame in 2010. The touchdowns were 13 seconds apart.

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select USC TE Jordan Cameron with 102nd overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

The Browns selected Southern California tight end Jordan Cameron today with their first pick of the fourth round (102nd overall). Cameron had only one career start at USC. Last season, he caught 16 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.

The 6-foot-5, 244-pound Cameron went to Brigham Young University to play basketball, but he redshirted during the 2006-07 season. He later committed to play football for USC, though many of the credits he received at BYU would not transfer. As a result, he went to Ventura College in California. He played football there for a season and caught 22 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 30, 2011 (NFL Draft edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

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Poll: What do you think about the Browns' second-round selections?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2011

In the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Browns selected Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (37th overall pick) and North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little (59th overall pick). Both players have character issues, but their potential can't be denied.

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from conference call with North Carolina WR Greg Little

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns selected North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little tonight in the second round (59th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Here is a transcript of Little's conference call with reporters:

Browns WR Greg Little Conference Call 4-29-11

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from press conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert met with reporters tonight after they made both of their second-round selections in the 2011 NFL Draft. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert press conference 4-29-11

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from conference call with Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns selected Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard tonight in the second round (37th overall) of the 2o11 NFL Draft. Here is a transcript of Sheard's conference call with reporters:

Browns defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard Conference Call 4-29-11

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select North Carolina WR Greg Little with 59th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns selected North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little tonight with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

The NCAA suspended Little for the entire 2010 season after he accepted diamond earrings and travel accommodations from agents.

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from the introductory news conference of Browns first-round pick Phil Taylor

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

Browns first-round draft pick Phil Taylor met with reporters at the team's headquarters this evening in Berea. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor press conference 4-29-11

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns select Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard with 37th overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns selected Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard tonight in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 37th overall pick. Browns Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield announced the pick.

The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Sheard had 142 tackles, including 35.5 for loss, and 19.5 sacks in his career at Pitt. He compiled 52 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss, and nine sacks last year as a senior. He was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns first-round pick Phil Taylor quickly learns importance of football in Cleveland

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor met with reporters today, less than 24 hours after the Browns picked him 21st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Taylor said he hasn't received a playbook yet, but he has learned plenty about Cleveland's hardcore football culture.

"I know how much Cleveland fans hate Pittsburgh," Taylor said. "I look forward to the matchup. (Ben Roethlisberger is) a great quarterback, but when I'm gonna play against him, he's gonna go down."

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Four Browns meet with coaches at team's facility

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

Quarterback Jake Delhomme, wide receiver Jordan Norwood, defensive lineman Brian Schaefering and punter Reggie Hodges met with members of the Browns' coaching staff today at the team's headquarters in Berea, a team spokesman said.

A federal judge ordered an immediate end to the NFL's lockout this past Monday, but most teams still had not allowed their players to train at their facilities until today. Norwood, Hodges, wide receiver Josh Cribbs, safety T.J. Ward and tight end Benjamin Watson had surfaced at the Browns' headquarters earlier in the week, but they were discouraged from working out and were denied access to coaches and playbooks. However, that changed today.

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NFL Draft 2011: Notes about Browns' first-round pick Phil Taylor, plus other odds and ends

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns distributed the following notes after they picked Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall last night:

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Polls: How did the Browns do on the first day of the NFL Draft?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

The Browns were active, to say the least, Thursday night during the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and they ultimately ended up picking Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall. Here's a breakdown of their two draft-day trades:

Meanwhile, reactions to Taylor as the Browns' first-round pick have also been mixed.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 29, 2011 (NFL Draft edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

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NFL Draft 2011: Transcript from press conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 29, 2011

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters Thursday night after they selected Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur press conference 4-28-11

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns trade down, then back up to select Baylor DT Phil Taylor at No. 21

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2011

After maneuvering twice Thursday night in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Browns selected Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall.

The Browns traded the sixth overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange, the Browns received the following picks from the Falcons: No. 27 (first round), No. 59 (second round) and No. 124 (fourth round) this year, plus the Falcons' first- and fourth-round picks in 2012.

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NFL Draft 2011: Browns trade sixth overall pick to Atlanta Falcons

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2011

The Browns traded the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

In exchange, the Browns received the following picks from the Falcons: No. 27 (first round), No. 59 (second round) and No. 124 (fourth round) this year, plus the Falcons' first- and fourth-round picks in 2012.

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Browns QB Colt McCoy talks about NFL Draft, labor dispute

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2011

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy spoke with FOX Business Network’s Chris Cotter today about the NFL Draft and the league's labor dispute. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

On who he would like to see the Browns pick tonight in the first round of the draft: "Selfishly, as a quarterback, you can’t have too many weapons on offense. Let’s get all the receivers we can. I do know Tom Heckert, Mike Holmgren, coach Pat Shurmur, they have been through this before. This is their draft, and I trust them to make the right decisions for our football team. If that’s offense, defense, whatever we need, I know they are going to do their best to get the right people in the right places. As a player, I trust them with that. I am anxious to see how it goes down."

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Poll: Should the Browns trade down?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2011

The first round of the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. today, and the Browns own the sixth overall pick. Whether they stay at No. 6 remains to be seen. The New England Patriots have had discussions with the Browns about moving up to No. 6, the Boston Globe reported.

The Patriots have two first-round draft picks (Nos. 17 and 28) and could trade those to move up to No. 6. They could also package No. 17 and a combination of later picks.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 28, 2011 (NFL Draft preview edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2011

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Browns RB Peyton Hillis will be on the cover of the Madden NFL 12 video game

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2011

Browns running back Peyton Hillis defeated Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in a showdown to become the cover athlete for the Madden NFL 12 video game. The announcement was made today on ESPN2's "SportsNation."

One player from each NFL team was entered into a tournament to become the cover athlete. Fans voted online to determine the winners from each round. Hillis, seeded 10th in his bracket, beat Vick, seeded third, by earning 66 percent of the vote in the finals.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 27, 2011 (NFL Draft preview edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2011

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs goes to work again; T.J. Ward and Jordan Norwood join him

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2011

In an interview with "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio, Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs said today that he'll continue to show up at the team's headquarters in Berea.

Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges went to the Browns' facility Tuesday morning, a day after a federal judge ordered an immediate end to the NFL's lockout, but they were discouraged from working out and denied access to coaches and playbooks. Still, Cribbs told hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic that he'll keep showing up to work to prove he is eligible for his workout bonus.

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Browns players Josh Cribbs, Benjamin Watson and Reggie Hodges surface at team's facility (video included)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2011

With the NFL's lockout lifted Monday night, wide receiver Josh Cribbs, tight end Benjamin Watson and punter Reggie Hodges went to the Browns' facility this morning in Berea. The players spent about 55 minutes at the team's headquarters.

Cribbs said he, Watson and Hodges were allowed to enter the facility's locker-room area, but they were prohibited from working out. They weren't allowed to talk to the coaching staff or any front-office bigwigs such as Browns President Mike Holmgren, who arrived at the team's facility while Watson was talking to reporters on his way into the parking lot. The players did not receive any playbooks, Cribbs said.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 26, 2011 (NFL Draft preview edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2011

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Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar discusses the NFL Draft, Colt McCoy and more

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2011

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar received the Dino Lucarelli Award at the National Football Foundation's banquet Monday night in Westlake. Kosar said he has been talking with NFL teams about getting a job in a personnel department, but the league's lockout has been an obstacle in his potential employment.

"It's tough with the lockout," Kosar said. "They're not hiring anybody right now. It hurts a lot of different stuff. It's hurting everybody. Most everybody is cutting back on hiring right now."

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Several Browns players plan to return to work Tuesday morning

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2011

In the aftermath of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granting an injunction to immediately end the NFL's lockout, several Browns players are planning to return to work Tuesday morning.

Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs and tight end Benjamin Watson called linebacker Scott Fujita to tell him that a number of Browns players would go to the team's headquarters in Berea at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Fujita wrote in an e-mail.

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 3.0 — reader submission

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2011

Last week, I posted my third mock draft of the year and asked you, the readers, to send me your predictions. The latest reader submission comes from Brett Shaver of West Park. Remember, you can have your mock draft published, too, but time is running out with the draft now just three days away. E-mail your predictions for the top-10 picks to nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com, and explain why you think the Browns will take a specific route.

Brett Shaver's mock draft 3.0:

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Links to Browns coverage: April 25, 2011 (NFL Draft preview edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: April 24, 2011 (2011 NFL Draft preview edition)

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 24, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 3.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2011

I've gone through the scenarios in which I believe the Browns would pick LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn sixth overall. But what if Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green is still available when the Browns are put on the clock? Could they actually pass on an opportunity to acquire a deep threat in their passing game? The answer, in my opinion, can be found in the following predictions for the top-10 picks:

1. Carolina Panthers — Auburn QB Cam Newton

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2011 NFL Draft: Preview launches this weekend

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2011

Our 2011 NFL Draft preview will launch in earnest this Sunday. Here's a look at what's on the agenda for Ohio.com and the Beacon Journal:

SUNDAY

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2011 NFL Draft: Tracking prospects who have had workouts or visits set up with the Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 22, 2011

Updated at 11:06 p.m. April 21

With the NFL Draft coming up in late April, the Browns have conducted workouts and held visits with several prospects.

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2011 NFL Draft: Browns GM Tom Heckert is serious about taking the best available player. His father can attest to it

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 22, 2011

During a news conference Thursday, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert succeeded in not revealing much about his plans for the NFL Draft. Heckert, though, did feel comfortable reiterating his draft philosophy.

"We are going to try to the best of our ability to stick with our philosophy of taking the best available player," he said. "I know everybody says that, but we are going to try to do that. I think we are probably in a better position to do that than some teams. Some teams, they may be one or two positions away from being really good, so I think it’s probably a positive for us that we can sit there and take the best available player."

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Links to Browns coverage: April 22, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 22, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft: Transcript from press conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2011

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert met with reporters this morning to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft. Here is the transcript from the press conference:

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert press conference 4-21-11

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Links to Browns coverage: April 21, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2011

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Locked-out Browns players heading to Austin, Texas, to train

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2011

It's been known for some time that several Browns players were planning to work out together during the NFL's lockout. But now they're actually putting their agenda into motion.

Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi posted the following message on Twitter this morning: "Airport bound to Austin, Tx for some pitch & catch w/ @ColtMcCoy @C_Mitch18 @jordaNorwood @JoshCribbs16 and the rest of my Browns brothers!"

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2011 NFL Draft: Browns GM Tom Heckert addresses injury concerns surrounding top prospects

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2011

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert discussed the upcoming NFL Draft during a news conference this morning. Heckert once again emphasized that he'll stick to his preferred draft strategy by picking the best available players. Here are some of the highlights:

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Polls: Who are the best and worst Browns draft picks since 1999?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2011

Earlier today, I asked my followers on Twitter to send me their nominees for the Browns' best and worst draft picks since the franchise's expansion era began in 1999. I used their recommendations to build the polls featured below. If you want to vote for a player who's not on the list, feel free to cast write-in votes in this blog's comments section.

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Jim Brown weighs in on his relationship with the Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2011

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown discussed a variety of topics this morning on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio channel with hosts Steve Phillips and Andrew Bogusch. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

On his relationship with the Browns -- "I’m a Cleveland Brown for life but, man, I’ll tell you, I live in a positive world and I like to be able to help and I’ll never like to get in anybody’s way. And when I think of my experience with the Browns it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth because my intentions were good, and I was asked to participate, and I worked in that city very hard to represent the Browns. And I even got awards for working with organizations in the name of the Browns. And, of course, I wanted them to win but it’s like because they didn’t win then everybody is to blame. And when you get a new regime that comes in and they say, 'Ok, everybody’s gone.'  And you say, 'Well, I’m gone, too?' 'Yeah, you’re gone, too.' It’s not a great feeling and it’s all about feeling. It’s like what am I to this organization? On one hand you want to give me a Ring of Honor. On the other hand you want to deal in dishonor. So I wish the organization well but I’m happy just to go my way and to live my life because I’m going to try to help people and help situations with Amer-I-Can, my organization, and that’s going well. And I don’t wish any bad luck, I don’t have any ill feelings, only how I feel, it’s about my feelings and just how I feel. And that’s the way it is, you know?  But there’s no blame, there’s no finger-pointing, none of that in my repertoire. So that’s an honest analysis of just my feelings."

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2011 Browns schedule: Early storylines and some fast facts

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2011

After the Browns' full schedule was released last night, I posted some early storylines on Twitter with the caveat that none of them is guaranteed to unfold because of the NFL's work stoppage. Here's my complete list of storylines, along with some historical facts:

Preseason

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 2.0 — reader submission

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2011

Last week, I posted my second mock draft of the year and asked you, the readers, to send me your predictions. Well, we have another reader submission, this time from Joe Wirth of Wooster, Ohio. Remember, you can have your mock draft published, too. Just e-mail your predictions for the top-10 picks to nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com, and explain why you think the Browns will take a specific route. I'll continue to post the best submissions on this blog.

Joe Wirth's mock draft 2.0:

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Links to Browns coverage: April 20, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2011

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NFL unveils the Browns' 2011 regular-season schedule

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2011

Updated at 11 p.m. April 19 with official dates and times of preseason games

Despite the NFL's lockout, the league released the regular-season schedules of all 32 teams Tuesday night. Here is the Browns' 2011 schedule:

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Browns QB Colt McCoy has 'enough arm to succeed,' ESPN's Jon Gruden says

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2011

ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden, who's, of course, a former Super Bowl-winning coach, conducted a national conference call today, and I asked him to evaluate the rookie season of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Here's what Gruden said:

"I'm really happy for the progress that he's shown. Selfishly, I really like that guy. You probably could tell. It's a tough situation for Colt McCoy, (St. Louis Rams quarterback) Sam Bradford, (Denver Broncos quarterback) Tim Tebow and (Carolina Panthers quarterback) Jimmy Clausen, all four of these guys that were drafted ... last year are having to learn new offenses in a lockout situation. But the one thing McCoy brought to Cleveland, I think, was playmaking. I saw him make some nice scramble plays, running for touchdowns, creating with his arm. They were able to move the pocket. I think he's gonna be a natural in this West Coast offense that coach (Pat) Shurmur's gonna put in. This guy can throw the ball accurately. He's tough. He's a leader. And I thought, on tape, he did some really good things in every football game that he played last year for a rookie in tough circumstances. Again, I think Cleveland is gonna continue to improve his supporting cast, and that'll help Colt McCoy as well. Hopefully this lockout ends, and he can join forces with the offensive staff and learn what it is they want him to do."

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 2.0 — reader submission

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2011

Last week, I posted my second mock draft of the year and asked you, the readers, to send me your predictions. Nick Tagg of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, submitted the mock draft posted below. You, too, can have your mock draft published. Just e-mail your predictions for the top-10 picks to nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com, and explain why you think the Browns will take a specific route. I'll continue to post the best submissions on this blog.

Nick Tagg's mock draft 2.0:

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Browns WR Carlton Mitchell weighs in on lockout via Twitter

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 18, 2011

If a picture really is worth 1,000 words, Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell doesn't need to worry about being limited to 140 characters on Twitter. Earlier today, Mitchell made a statement of sorts about the NFL's lockout by changing the photo on his Twitter profile. Mitchell gave me permission to post the photo in this space, so see for yourself:

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Browns RB Peyton Hillis is finalist for Madden NFL 12 video game cover

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 18, 2011

Browns running back Peyton Hillis and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick are finalists to become the cover athlete for the Madden NFL 12 video game, EA SPORTS and ESPN announced today. The winner will be determined by fan voting (click here to vote) and announced at 4 p.m. April 27 on ESPN2's "SportsNation."

One player from each NFL team was entered into a tournament to become the cover athlete. Hillis, seeded 10th in his bracket, has pulled off several upsets to reach the finals.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 17, 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 17, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 2.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 15, 2011

With the start of the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the Browns are running through several scenarios, so I'll continue to do the same. In my first mock draft, I had the Browns taking LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson with the sixth overall pick. I still think that's a strong possibility, but what would happen if Peterson isn't available when the Browns are put on the clock on April 28? The answer, in my opinion, can be found in the following predictions for the top-10 picks:

1. Carolina Panthers — Auburn QB Cam Newton

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Links to Browns coverage: April 15, 2011

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GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answer questions from Browns fans

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 14, 2011

General Manager Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participated in a conference call today with the Browns' season-ticket holders, club-level members, suite holders and corporate partners. Browns President Mike Holmgren was originally scheduled to take part in the call, but a spokesman said he is ill. Therefore, Shurmur took his place. Here are some of the highlights from the conference call:

Heckert

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Links to Browns coverage: April 14, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: April 13, 2011

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Browns' 2011 preseason schedule unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 12, 2011

Updated 8:30 p.m. April 19 with official dates

The NFL released the preseason schedules of all 32 teams this afternoon. The following is a list of the Browns' preseason schedule, which, of course, could change because of the league's lockout:

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2011 NFL Draft: Tracking prospects who have had workouts or visits set up with the Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 11, 2011

Updated at 11:06 p.m. April 21

With the NFL Draft coming up in late April, the Browns have conducted workouts and held visits with several prospects.

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 1.0 -- reader submission

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 10, 2011

Last week, I posted my first mock draft of the year and asked you, the readers, to send me your predictions. Steve Powell of Chillicothe, Ohio, submitted the mock draft posted below. You, too, can have your mock draft published. Just e-mail your predictions for the top-10 picks to nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com, and explain why you think the Browns will take a specific route. I'll continue to post the best submissions on this blog.

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Links to Browns coverage: April 10, 2011

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Links to Browns coverage: April 7, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft: Interactive mock draft 1.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 6, 2011

Now that Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has worked out, the scenarios that could unfold during the 2011 NFL Draft are becoming slightly more clear. Of course, no one really knows what will happen April 28-30. But it's the time of year to have fun guessing, and I have decided to finally join the party. Here are my predictions for the top-10 picks:

1. Carolina Panthers -- Auburn QB Cam Newton

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Links to Browns coverage: April 6, 2011

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Q&A with tight end Evan Moore

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 5, 2011

Despite the NFL's lockout, it has been an eventful offseason for tight end Evan Moore.

In early January, he had surgery to repair a hernia, which sidelined him for the final three games of the 2010 season, and has been rehabilitating and training ever since. Shortly before the lockout took effect during the second week of March, the Browns extended a second-round restricted free-agent tender to Moore. Oh, yeah, Moore proposed to his girlfriend, too. He's engaged and plans to get married after next season, if there is one.

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2011 NFL Draft: Questions linger after Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers' workout

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2011

Updated at 3:45 p.m. April 1

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, whom the Browns could target with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, was on a mission to prove his speed and agility have not been hindered by his surgically repaired right knee. However, questions about his health will seemingly linger following his pro day workout this morning.

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