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Tracking undrafted free agents who have reportedly agreed to join Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 30, 2012

Originally published April 29; updated April 30

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said the organization plans to sign about 15 undrafted free agents.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns President Mike Holmgren, coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Browns President Mike Holmgren and coach Pat Shurmur held a draft wrap-up news conference tonight. Here is a transcript:

Pat Shurmur

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Alabama FB Brad Smelley

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Alabama fullback Brad Smelley, whom the Browns drafted in the seventh round (No. 247 overall), spoke to reporters during a conference call. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On being reunited with Trent Richardson) – “I can’t wait. Trent just called me and it was good to talk to him and good to know that I’m going to be with him because he’s an unbelievable player. Obviously, I think he’s the best back I’ve ever play with, no doubt about it. He’s the best back I’ve ever seen in person. I’m excited to play with him again. He is a great football player, but a better person. I love that guy.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Arizona CB Trevin Wade

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade, whom the Browns drafted in the seventh round (No. 245), spoke with reporters tonight during a conference call. Here is a transcript:

(On the types of skills he displays) – “I'm smart, I have great ball skills and I can anticipate things that are coming so I don't miss a lot of tackles. I'm trying to bring a new, all around cornerback to the Cleveland Browns."

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Boise State DL Billy Winn

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2012

Boise State defensive lineman Billy Winn, whom the Browns selected in the sixth round (No. 205), spoke to reporters this afternoon during a conferene call. Here is a transcript:

(On if he is more comfortable at defensive tackle or end)- “I’m about halfway, right there in the middle. I feel like I have the versatility to play both. I am a quick learner. I can adapt to both and play both.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

By Ryan Lewis Published: April 28, 2012

Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho, whom the Browns selected in the sixth round (No. 204), spoke to reporters this afternoon during a conference call. Here is a transcript

(On his impressive senior season at Texas)- “Yes sir, it was a heck of a season. Thank God I was able to stay healthy and I think that’s what attributed to it. Obviously, hard work off of the field, but just being able to stay healthy and play that full season I was able to just completely show my full skill-set.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Alabama fullback Brad Smelley 247th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Alabama fullback Brad Smelley tonight in the seventh round (No. 247 overall) of the NFL Draft.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Smelley is a hybrid player who can play fullback and tight end.

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Arizona CB Trevin Wade 245th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade tonight in the seventh round (No. 245 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Wade started all but two games during the past three years. He compiled 182 tackles, 28 pass breakups and 12 interceptions in his four collegiate seasons. Last season as a senior, he had 52 tackles, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions.

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Boise State DL Billy Winn 205th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Boise State defensive lineman Billy Winn this evening in the sixth round (No. 205 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Winn started 39 of 40 games during the past three seasons. Last season, the majority of his playing time was at defensive tackle, though he has some experience at end. He compiled 33 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks, last season as a senior.

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Texas LB Emmanuel Acho 204th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho this evening in the sixth round (No. 204 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Acho had a team-high 131 tackles, including 19 for loss and three sacks, last season. He started all 13 games at weakside linebacker in 2011.

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Colorado OL Ryan Miller

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Colorado offensive lineman Ryan Miller, whom the Browns drafted in the fifth round (No. 160), spoke to reporters this afternoon during a conference call. Here is a transcript:

(On being a taller guard and how that comes into play)- “I think I’ve got a lot more power in the legs, then I can bend and really extend that leverage out on guys on the inside. With that height I also bring long arms.”

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Browns bring nasty boy Ryan Miller into fold in fifth round

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns used a fifth-round pick (160th overall) on 6-foot-7 Colorado guard Ryan Miller. Here is the question and answer exchange from his teleconference:

Q) How does your height (6-foot7) come into play when you’re on the line?

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns select Colorado guard Ryan Miller 160th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Colorado guard Ryan Miller this afternoon in the fifth round (No. 160 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The Browns acquired the 160th selection in 2010 as part of their deal with the Denver Broncos involving quarterback Brady Quinn.

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Transcript from conference call with Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson, whom the Browns picked in the fourth round (No. 120), spoke to reporters this afternoon by phone. Here is a transcript from the conference call:

(On if he is comfortable playing both inside and outside linebacker) – “Yes, I’m more comfortable at either role. It doesn’t really matter to me. My last two years I played MIKE and that’s where I’m comfortable at, but I’m a linebacker, I can play any position really.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Highlights from conference call with Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson, whom the Browns drafted in the fourth round (No. 120), spoke to reporters this afternoon by phone from Fairfield, Calif. Here are some of the highlights from the conference call:

You’ve played both inside and outside linebacker, are you more comfortable at one of those spots?: “It doesn’t really matter to me. The last two years I played MIKE. That’s where I’m comfortable at, but I’m a linebacker. I can play any position.”

Do you know anything about Browns middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and how he plays?: “Yeah, I’ve been watching D’Qwell for a couple years. He’s one of the best inside linebackers in the game. I admire how he plays. I try to pick up things from watching him play.”

Do you have experience at special teams?
: “I played special teams for every year I was at Nevada. It’s something I like doing, and I embrace special teams. I’m not one of those players who doesn’t like special teams. I don’t mind running down on kickoff or covering punts. I love everything about it.”

Did you have an idea where you might be taken?: “No, I really didn’t have an idea. I had a feeling what teams where looking for linebackers. I knew Cleveland was one of those teams and am really grateful they took me.”

Who are some of the NFL guys you watch and try to emulate?: “I like D’Qwell Jackson. He’s one of my favorite linebackers. Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, and NaVorro Bowman recently, he had a really great season last year. London Fletcher, he’s a vet whose been doing it for years. Jonathan Vilma. I don’t know, I just like watching inside linebackers, basically. How they play, how they conduct themselves off the field, how they talk to their teammates to try to motivate guys. I just love everything about that.”

Did you visit the Browns?: If so, how’d that visit go and who’d you meet with?: “I met with everybody. The head coach, the GM, the D-coordinator, player personnel – I met with everybody, man. It was a good experience and was one of my favorite experiences. Everybody was nice to me, and I had a good feeling about it. I thought it was a good situation, and I had a good feel when I went there.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson 120th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns selected Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson this afternoon in the fourth round (No. 120 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The 6-1, 241-pound Johnson spent his first two collegiate seasons playing on the strong side. In his final two seasons at Nevada, he moved to the middle, compiling 88 tackles as a junior and 100 as a senior. Johnson, who started all four seasons, paid a pre-draft visit to the Browns.

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Miami WR Travis Benjamin

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Miami wide receiver Travis Benjamin, whom the Browns drafted 100th overall, conducted a conference call with reporters this afternoon. Here is a transcript:

(On utilizing his speed)– “I know my speed and my agility will help me get open on a defender. Because I am so quick and elusive I can run past any defender on the field.”

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Miami WR Travis Benjamin 100th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

The Browns have selected Miami wide receiver Travis Benjamin this afternoon in the fourth round (No. 100 overall) of the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Benjamin started nine of 11 games last season, catching 41 passes for 609 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his four-year collegiate career with 25 starts in 49 games and 131 receptions for 2,146 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur conducted a news conference Friday night following the third round of the NFL Draft. Here is a transcript

Tom Heckert

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Cincinnati DT John Hughes

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 28, 2012

Cincinnati defensive tackle John Hughes, whom the Browns picked 87th overall Friday night, spoke with reporters during a conference call. Here is a transcript:

(On describing himself as a player) – “I feel like I’m more of a run guy. I use my hands well to get off blocks and I feel that is my strong suit as a player.”

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Heckert and Shurmur share thoughts on Day 2 of NFL Draft

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur shared their thoughts Friday after the second day of the NFL draft:

Q) None of those wide receivers appealed to you?

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Browns sweat out selection of Hughes in third round

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 27, 2012

After trading down 20 slots from 67 to 87 in the third round of the draft late Friday, the Browns tabbed University of Cincinnati DL John Hughes. Here are the question and answers from the Gahanna product’s teleconference:

Q) Can you describe what kind of player you are?

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns select Cincinnati DT John Hughes 87th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

University of Cincinnati nose tackle John Hughes became the Browns’ third-round pick (No. 87 overall) tonight.

Hughes, 6-foot-2 1/2 and 309 pounds, also lettered in basketball and track and field (shot put) in high school at Gahanna Lincoln. For the Bearcats, he didn’t become a starter until 2010.

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Browns trade down 20 spots in third round, gain fourth-round pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

The Browns traded down 20 spots in the third round of the NFL Draft and gained a fourth-round pick in a deal with the Denver Broncos.

The Browns gave up their third-round pick (No. 67) in exchange for selections from the Broncos in the third (No. 87) and fourth (No. 120) rounds. The draft will take a break tonight after the third round and resume at noon Saturday for the start of the fourth round.

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from conference call with Browns OT Mitchell Schwartz

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, whom the Browns drafted 37th overall, spoke to reporters tonight during a conference call. Here is a transcript:

(On if he prefers the left side or the right side)- “Obviously if you go to Cleveland, Joe Thomas is the left tackle, so probably right now a little more right tackle. Honestly, I’m pretty comfortable with both, like you said I’ve played both in my career, so I’m comfortable doing either. I know Cleveland has probably the best left tackle in the game, so I understand my role in regards to that.”

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Browns' selection of OT Schwartz in 2nd round not sexy, but necessary

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 27, 2012

The Browns selected OT Mitchell Schwartz from Cal with their first pick (37th overall) in the NFL Draft Friday night. While Schwartz played both right and left tackle in college, he’ll slide over to the right side of the line as a pro with All-Pro Joe Thomas firmly entrenched at left tackle for the Browns.

Here’s some of the Q & A exchange during Schwartz’s teleconference:

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick California OT Mitchell Schwartz 37th overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

The Browns drafted California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz tonight with their first pick of the second round (No. 37 overall).

Schwartz should fill the Browns’ need for a starting right tackle in the wake of Tony Pashos being cut. The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Schwartz started all 51 games during his four seasons at Cal.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says team has not yet made plans to trade QB Colt McCoy

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Coach Pat Shurmur stopped by the media center this evening at the team’s headquarters and told reporters the Browns have not talked to other teams about trading quarterback Colt McCoy.

“We haven’t made any plans to do anything about anything yet,” Shurmur said. “So we haven’t made any phone calls. We haven’t done anything in regards to Colt.

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Transcript from news conference with Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden spoke to reporters this afternoon during an introductory news conference. Here is a transcript:

Trent Richardson

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2012 NFL Draft: Highlights from introductory news conference with Browns RB Trent Richardson

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Running back Trent Richardson, whom the Browns drafted third overall on Thursday night, held his introductory news conference this afternoon. Here are some of the highlights:

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2012 NFL Draft: Highlights from introductory news conference with Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Quarterback Brandon Weeden, whom the Browns drafted 22nd overall Thursday night, conducted his introductory news conference this afternoon. Here are some of the highlights:

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Twitter: Colt McCoy, stay or go?

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 27, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Browns say QB Brandon Weeden is 'the guy,' so Colt McCoy could be traded soon

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur made it clear Thursday night that the organization drafted Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden as its starting quarterback.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters after the first round of the NFL Draft. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Tom Heckert

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Transcript from conference call with new Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Quarterback Brandon Weeden talked to reporters tonight on a conference call after the Browns drafted him 22nd overall. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if his selection by the Browns took him by surprise)- “I was hoping that this would happen. I felt pretty good about it. Being through the draft before (MLB), you just never know so I was just kind of hoping for the best. Fortunately, it happened and I am extremely excited about it.”

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Transcript from conference call with new Browns RB Trent Richardson

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Running back Trent Richardson spoke with reporters on a conference call Thursday night after the Browns traded up to draft him third overall. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On when he sensed the Browns would select him) – “Just now. You always hear different things. You hear people want to trade up or people want to trade down and you never know. I got a sense that they liked me when I was up there. They got on coach (Gary Brown) about when I knocked him down. They laughed at every bit of that.”

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Highlights from news conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters Thursday night after the first round of the NFL Draft concluded. Here are some of the highlights:

Heckert: “Obviously we are very excited about the two guys we got today and we look forward to the rest of the draft.”

Q: Can you talk about taking Weeden at No. 22 instead of waiting until No. 37?

Heckert: “That’s obviously something we talked about. We had a lot of conversations about it. When you’re talking about a quarterback, we just didn’t think it was worth taking a risk. Maybe something else you say, ‘Alright, if we get him its no big deal.’ But with a quarterback, we just wanted to make sure we got him. There’s some teams we know that were interested in him behind us, so we decided to go ahead and pick him.”

Q: Do you expect a wide-open quarterback competition heading into camp?

Shurmur
: “We have a new quarterback that’s going to be with us. I think tonight is more or less about Brandon Weeden and less about the competition right now. When we went through the process of evaluating him, we became very fond of him. We all did, from (owner) Randy (Lerner) to (president) Mike (Holmgren) to Tom and myself. We kind of came away saying, ‘this is a guy we’d like to have on our team.’ And that’s where it’s at right now.”

Q: Tom, you said in your pre-draft press conference last week that with a guy that age, you can’t have him sit a year. Is that still the thought process behind it?

Heckert: “I think it’s really anybody you take and more so the round. We want these guys to play. Now, how soon? I think I said this - it depends. And I think Pat’s going to make that decision if it takes him longer than we think, than obviously we’re not going to just throw a guy out there to just throw him out there. But eventually, he’s gonna be a starter for us. That’s why we drafted him.”

Q: Will you try to trade Colt McCoy this weekend?

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur briefly met with reporters Thursday night after the team traded up and selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the third overall pick. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “As you saw, we chose Trent Richardson. Unfortunately, we had to make a trade to secure the pick. As we went through the process, we knew that he was our guy. We did what we had to do to secure it. We had good knowledge that there were teams behind us that wanted him as well. We gave up a couple of picks to make sure that we got him and that’s a credit to Tom Heckert and his guys for doing the intel on that. We will talk a bunch about Trent, he is passionate, he is productive, he is durable. He is the kind of runner that we feel is going to help us put an offense together to score the points that we need to win the games that we are going to win. We feel good about him. If you don’t sense the excitement in my voice then you are missing it. I think that he is a terrific player and he is going to be what we think to be a really, really fine addition to the Cleveland Browns team. I think he is going to be one of those players that our fans and our community will be able to watch run the ball for a lot of years, that is what we are excited about.”

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QB Brandon Weeden doesn't think his advanced age is anything but a positive

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2012

Based on early feedback, the Browns may have already created some controversy with their second selection at No. 22: Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

While Weeden’s advanced age – he’ll turn 29 come October - has many fans questioning the pick, Weeden’s confident his maturity will be a positive in the NFL. While we wait to see, here’s the Q & A exchange between Weeden and the local media:

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns pick Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden 22nd overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

The Browns used the 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft tonight to select Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Weeden played minor league baseball for five seasons before pursuing his collegiate football career. He’ll be 29 on Oct. 14.

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RB Trent Richardson thrilled to be a Cleveland Brown

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2012

Alabama running back Trent Richardson spoke with the media via telephone after being tabbed by the Browns with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday.

Here’s some Q & A from the interview:

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Shurmur happy Browns moved up to nab RB Richardson

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 26, 2012

The Browns made the first national news of the NFL Draft Thursday night some 45 minutes before the process even got underway.

In an effort to guarantee they’d get their targeted man, the Browns traded up a spot from No. 4 to No. 3 to nab Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

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2012 NFL Draft: Browns trade up, pick Alabama RB Trent Richardson third overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

The Browns traded up one spot and used the third overall pick in the NFL Draft to select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

As expected, the Indianapolis Colts made Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck the top pick, and the Washington Redskins selected Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III at No. 2.

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Quick Twitter analysis of Browns trade

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 26, 2012

Browns trade up for No. 3 overall pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

The Browns have traded with the Minnesota Vikings and moved up to the No. 3 spot in the NFL Draft.

NFL Network reported the Browns gave up three picks -- selections in the fourth (No. 118), fifth (No. 139) and seventh (No. 211) rounds -- to move up one spot, from No. 4 to No. 3.

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2012 NFL Draft: Some quick thoughts from Browns GM Tom Heckert about 2 hours before showtime

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

With less than two hours before the start of the draft, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert conducted a radio interview tonight with WTAM (1100-AM) at the team’s headquarters in Berea.
Here are some of the highlights
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Report: Browns would love to draft QB Brandon Weeden at No. 37, but trade up possible, too

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has reported the Browns really like Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, and they would love to pick him early in the second round (No. 37 overall).

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Report: Bills have legitimate chance to trade up. Could Browns be partner?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

The Buffalo Bills' interest in Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil is legitimate, the Buffalo News reported this morning.

Former NFL General Manager Charley Casserly, who’s now an analyst for NFL Network and CBS Sports, reported Wednesday night the Bills are willing to trade a second-round pick (No. 41 overall) and to move up for Kalil.

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Browns analysis, preview stories, prospect videos to prepare you for 2012 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 26, 2012

The NFL Draft is finally here. If you’re looking for a primer before the action begins at 8 tonight on ESPN and NFL Network, follow the links to some of our pre-draft Browns coverage:

Analysis

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2012 NFL Draft: Trading up to No. 3 would be shocking move for Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2012

Former NFL General Manager Charley Casserly, who’s now an analyst for NFL Network and CBS Sports, tweeted an interesting note on the eve of the draft.

“Cleve and TB both have spoken to Minn about trading up to presumably take Trent Richardson,” Casserly wrote on Twitter.

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2012 NFL Draft: Mock roundup for Browns' first-round picks

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2012

My sixth and final mock draft will appear Thursday on Ohio.com and in the Beacon Journal.

To read the fifth version, click here.

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DirecTV lowering price of NFL Sunday Ticket

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 25, 2012

Statistics show many loyal readers of Ohio.com no longer live in Northeast Ohio. Consequently, they do not have access to the local broadcasts of Browns games.

So here's a nugget that might be of particular interest to those readers (and even some who still live in the area): DirecTV is dropping the price for its NFL Sunday Ticket package from about $325 to $199.95.

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs charged with driving 103 mph in 60-mph zone, addresses incident via Twitter

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2012

Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs was given a speeding citation last week for driving 103 mph in a 60-mph zone, court records indicate.

Cribbs was driving a two-door 2010 Bentley northbound on Interstate 71 when he was pulled over at 8:45 p.m. Friday near Fulton Road in Cleveland, according to the records. He was charged with speeding and is scheduled to appear in Cleveland Municipal Court at 1:30 p.m. May 4.

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2012 NFL Draft: Nate Ulrich’s mock 5.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 23, 2012

The real NFL Draft begins Thursday night, so the mocking season is winding down. My sixth and final mock will appear Thursday on Ohio.com and in the Beacon Journal.

Until then, here’s the fifth installment:

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Former NFL executive Bill Polian: Alabama's Trent Richardson 'might be the best player in the draft'

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 20, 2012

Would the Browns get the best player in this year’s draft if they select Alabama running back Trent Richardson fourth overall on Thursday night?

ESPN analyst Bill Polian, the former president and vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts, believes Richardson might be at the head of the 2012 class.

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NFL Network's Mike Mayock: Browns 'have to take Trent Richardson' at No. 4 if they don't pick QB

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2012

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call this afternoon. Here are some excerpts from the transcript concerning the Browns:

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2012 NFL Draft: Transcript from news conference with Browns GM Tom Heckert

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert met with reporters this morning in Berea. Here is a transcript from his pre-draft news conference:

(On if he wants to keep the fourth overall pick or trade down)- "I think we would like to stay there. Wherever you are picking you think you are going to stay there and then if something else happens that's the secondary thing. I do think we probably would be able to trade out. I don't know that for sure but I think so. Right now we hope we stay there and take a good player."

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2012 NFL Draft: GM Tom Heckert says Browns would like to stay at No. 4, pick one of top-2 choices

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 19, 2012

General Manager Tom Heckert said the Browns would like to keep the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, and they know they’ll get one of their top two choices if they stay in that spot on April 26.

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Cleveland Browns' 2012 schedule unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 17, 2012

The Browns' 2012 regular-season schedule was released tonight. Here it is, complete with our early storylines:

WEEK 1 -- Sun., Sept. 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, FOX, 1 p.m. Early storyline: Pat Shurmur faces his mentor, Eagles coach Andy Reid, in the regular season for the first time as a head coach. The Browns are 1-12 in regular-season openers since 1999 and have lost seven in a row.

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Browns WR Jordan Norwood signs tender as exclusive rights player

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 17, 2012

Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood has signed his tender as an exclusive rights player, the team announced this morning.

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Transcript from conference call with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 16, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur held a conference call with reporters this afternoon to talk about the start of the team's offseason workout program. Here is a transcript from the call:

(Opening statement) -- “As you know it’s the start of the offseason program, and it’s obviously exciting for me to have the players back in the building. I got a chance to see most of them. Really aside from a couple of guys, we’ve got an outstanding turnout for the first day. They are getting their weight training in and I’m sure you all know the rules on it. We are in phase one of basically a nine or 10 week program. Its 10 weeks total with a week off, but I am going to go straight through with nine straight and give them their week off at the end. We are in phase one for a couple weeks now where it’s basically weight training with our strength coaches then they will be able to meet with their assistant coaches, but not go on the field. As we get into phase two and three then we will get into the OTAs and the mandatory minicamp. Then after the draft we will have a rookie weekend minicamp. Its Mother’s Day weekend that weekend so I’ll have some people upset I’m sure (joking). I’m excited. For coaches to see players back, I think that’s an exciting thing. From what I can tell talking to the players, there is excitement to be back. For a lot of our veteran guys, their body clock says that the offseason program started a month ago. Most of these guys I’m sure have been working out on their own, at least the ones I have spoken to, and now they get an opportunity to train with their teammates.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur pleased with turnout for first day of offseason workout program

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 16, 2012

The Browns started their offseason workout program this morning, and coach Pat Shurmur is pleased with the turnout.

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2012 NFL Draft: Are Browns deciding between WR Justin Blackmon, QB Ryan Tannehill for 4th pick?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 16, 2012

Among the majority of fans and media, Alabama running back Trent Richardson has seemingly emerged as the most popular choice for the Browns to draft with the fourth overall pick on April 26.

The Browns' decision makers, of course, might have something else in mind. And Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill could certainly be part of the equation.

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2012 NFL Draft: Nate Ulrich’s mock 4.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 16, 2012

I had the Browns picking a different prospect fourth overall in each of my first three top-40 mock drafts because I believe they’re all realistic scenarios worth exploring.

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2012 NFL Draft: Could Notre Dame's Michael Floyd be key to potential trade-down scenario for Browns?

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 14, 2012

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert traded down last year during the NFL Draft, and it’s no secret that he could do it again in two weeks.

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2012 NFL Draft: Midwestern State OT Amini Silatolu works out for Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 11, 2012

Midwestern State offensive tackle Amini Silatolu conducted a private workout for the Browns, a league source confirmed tonight for the Beacon Journal.

Silatolu has not visited the team.

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Breaking down some key dates on the Browns’ offseason schedule

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 10, 2012

The Browns’ offseason workout program will begin next Monday.

As outlined in the collective bargaining agreement, players’ activities must be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation during phase one (the first two weeks) of the nine-week offseason workout program.

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2012 NFL Draft: Nate Ulrich’s mock 3.0

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 9, 2012

In my second top-40 mock draft, I had the Browns picking Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne fourth overall. After exploring that wildcard scenario, I have returned to what I consider the most logical strategy for the Browns.

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Update: Trent Richardson impostor flirts with idea of playing for Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 7, 2012

Someone posing as Alabama running back Trent Richardson has been using Twitter this week to make it seem as if the real draft prospect has been flirting with the possibility of playing for the Browns.

The account -- @trentrich03 -- has more than 16,000 followers, but is fake, according to Josh Maxson, an associate communications director for the University of Alabama's athletic department.

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South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, Stanford's Jonathan Martin, Utah State's Bobby Wagner visit Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 6, 2012

South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner are among the draft prospects who have visited the Browns this week, league sources told the Beacon Journal this afternoon.

Teams are allowed to host 30 national prospects for pre-draft visits.

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Browns' T.J. Ward to host youth football camp in Canton; Greg Little to hold two in Cleveland area

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 6, 2012

Browns strong safety T.J. Ward will host a non-contact youth football camp this summer at Malone University in Canton.

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