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Sanchez: Little contact with Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2009

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, rumored to have drawn serious interest from the Browns, hasn't talked with Cleveland coach Eric Mangini since the combine, Sanchez said in an NFL conference call Wednesday.

''I met coach Mangini at the combine and since then I haven't had much contact with them,'' Sanchez said.

Sanchez said he did not visit the Browns, saying San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit and Washington were the teams he'd visited recently. A recent report by WOIO Channel 19 said the Browns would select Sanchez or Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree fifth overall.

While he hasn't been to Cleveland, Sanchez was well aware of the Browns' quarterback situation. But he paused a few seconds before coming up with 2007 Pro Bowler Derek Anderson's name.

''I know they have a quarterback situation going on right now with two guys there,'' Sanchez said. ''That would create competition with Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. He (Anderson) was a counselor at the Elite 11 camp I went to my senior year in high school. Brady Quinn I met through the SC-Notre Dame rivalry.

''If Cleveland is my hometown, that would be great.''

Sanchez declined an invitation to New York for Saturday's first two rounds of the draft, held in Radio City Music Hall. He and his family will watch and wait at the office of his agent, Athletes First, in Irvine, Calif. The agency also represents Anderson.

Rocketing up draft boards in the final days despite playing only 16 college games, Sanchez believes it's because teams have gotten to know him off the field. Although he's preparing to graduate in two weeks and had a big presentation in one of his classes earlier this week, he's squeezed in a large number of media interviews and has been honest in his sessions with teams.

''A lot of it has to do with not just throwing,'' Sanchez said of his rise. ''They see me on film and they want to get a feel for me. These interviews, that's a good way for me to show them what I'm all about. 'Let's see what he's like at dinner, what his family is like.' They're starting to like me even more without the helmet on.

''You can only make a good first impression once and I'm trying to do that the right way. They're looking at my enthusiasm for the game and this whole process and how eager I am to start playing again.''

Asked how the Browns could have gotten to know him in that way, Sanchez said, ''I don't know, maybe at the combine, maybe they just knew in the 10 to 15 minutes we had there. Maybe they heard about me interviewing well. Those kind of things get out.''

Leaving USC with a year of eligibility remaining, Sanchez could not hide his excitement for what the weekend will bring.

''I'm in it for the long haul,'' he said. ''I'm ready to be a franchise quarterback.''

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