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Rethinking Myles Garrett for the Browns at No. 1 in the 2017 NFL Draft and free agent fits (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: February 23, 2017

The Akron Beacon Journal and podcast is back, and this week we look at the two best players in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The belief of many is that the Cleveland Browns should take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall. On this week’s episode, Nate Ulrich analyzes what he sees in the pass rusher, and why he maybe shouldn’t be the 100 percent consensus choice for Cleveland.

MORE: Deshaun Watson jokes Cowboys should draft him, trade Dak Prescott, Tony Romo to QB-starved Browns: ‘They need two’

After watching several games, Nate came away impressed by Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. Which makes more sense for the Browns? We make the case for both players.

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Browns D-tackle Danny Shelton insists he's fine, will be ready for season after recent wrist surgery

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 22, 2017

Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton recently had surgery on his left wrist but doesn't expect it to interfere at all with his 2017 season.

Shelton revealed the news Wednesday on Twitter.

The 12th overall pick in the 2015 draft spent time with local police chiefs from Cuyahoga County last week. When the Browns community engagement account tweeted a photo of Shelton with his left arm in a black cast, it prompted questions from his Twitter followers.

"I'm all good," Shelton wrote on Twitter. "Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season.

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After ugly separation from Browns, cornerback K'Waun Williams gets fresh start with 49ers

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 21, 2017

Former Browns cornerback K'Waun Williams signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers worth a little more than $1 million, including incentives, a league source told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday night.

Williams had offers from five teams, the source said.

The Browns cut Williams on Aug. 29 after they had an ugly disagreement with him about the health of his right ankle and whether he should play in the Aug. 12 preseason opener.

After the Browns released Williams, who sat out the exhibition opener, he had bone spurs removed from the ankle as part of a surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson on Oct. 31 in Charlotte, N.C. He did not play in 2016.

In September, Williams filed a grievance against the Browns through the NFL Players Association. It was originally expected to be heard this month, but now that's scheduled to take place May 16 in Cleveland.

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Browns left tackle Joe Thomas to appear on 'Celebrity Family Feud'

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 18, 2017

We asked 100 Browns fans, "Name a 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle who has become increasingly outspoken, entertaining and hilarious in the public eye the past few years."

Yes, the survey says Joe Thomas, and he was a guest on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud for an episode pitting current NFL players against members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The filming took place Friday in Los Angeles. A Browns spokesman said the episode is scheduled to air this summer.

Thomas provided a sneak peek of the teams on Twitter.

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Browns sign long snapper Charley Hughlett to six-year contract extension

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 16, 2017

The Browns signed long snapper Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract extension on Thursday.

"I am super excited," Hughlett said in a news release. "I couldn’t be happier to be here. My wife and I are happy to call Cleveland our home. I can’t wait to start getting things turned around."

The new deal makes Hughlett the highest-paid long snapper in the NFL, his agent Brett Tessler said without providing financial terms.

According to, Beau Brinkley of the Tennessee Titans was previously the league's highest-paid long snapper with an average annual salary of $1.15 million.

Hughlett, 26, had been scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason until the Browns secured him through the 2022 season.

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Draft analyst Mike Mayock says Myles Garrett isn't only defender Browns should consider at No. 1

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 15, 2017

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock isn't among the many analysts who are convinced the Browns should approach the No. overall 1 pick thinking Myles Garrett or bust.

Mayock said Tuesday night on NFL Total Access the Browns should not only consider Garrett, the defensive end from Texas A&M, but also Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen when deciding whom they'll select first on April 27.

"If I’m Cleveland sitting at one – remember last year they traded down several times, they amassed a bunch of picks which is great. But this year I think you want to sit at one and get a difference maker," Mayock said. "It’s a tremendous defensive draft.

"I don’t think there is a quarterback worthy of No. 1, so I would be looking at two guys: either Jonathan Allen, the defensive tackle from Alabama, or the big defensive end Myles Garrett from Texas A&M. I think Garrett affects the game on the outside. I think Allen affects the game on the inside. It’s a pass-first league, and I think the Browns in that new Gregg Williams scheme, that four-man front, one of those two guys would fit beautifully."

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Plotting an offseason for the Browns that includes a new QB, Terrelle Pryor and the 2017 NFL Draft

By Dan Kadar Published: February 15, 2017

On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and podcast, we plot a timeline for the offseason of the Cleveland Browns. Coming off a disastrous 1-15 season, the Browns have several critical steps to take.

The first one is re-signing wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. The franchise tag window in the NFL opened this week, but should the Browns push to sign him to a multi-year deal? Nate Ulrich explains what needs to happen with the Browns and the converted quarterback.

After figuring out Pryor, the next step is taking action on a quarterback. That means trading for Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots or acquiring Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills. Regarding Garoppolo, Nate explains a new scenario he's comfortable with to acquire the Patriots backup.

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Local players Ben Gedeon, Jerome Lane Jr., plus 8 Buckeyes, invited to NFL Scouting Combine

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 15, 2017

Local high school graduates Ben Gedeon of Hudson and Jerome Lane Jr. of Firestone, plus eight former Ohio State University football players, are among 330 prospects who received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The league released its official list of invitees Wednesday. The combine will run from Feb. 28 through March 6 in Indianapolis.

Gedeon is a linebacker from the University of Michigan. The Wolverines had 14 players invited, more than any other school this year.

The Browns, who have the first and 12th overall picks in April's draft, and the other 31 NFL teams will be in attendance to interview players and evaluate their workouts.

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Browns to meet with Terrelle Pryor's representation this week about new deal, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 13, 2017

The Browns will meet with the representation of impending free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor this week regarding a contract extension, according to a report.

Jason La Canfora of reported Monday night the Browns are redoubling their efforts to re-sign Pryor with the meeting.

Pryor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9.

Coach Hue Jackson made it clear Jan. 25 at the Senior Bowl that securing Pryor is a priority for the Browns this offseason.

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After creating stir among Browns fans, Myles Garrett says he just wants to be picked No. 1 overall

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 11, 2017

A day after a video of Myles Garrett begging his hometown Dallas Cowboys to acquire him in a hypothetical trade-up scenario with the Browns went viral, the Texas A&M defensive end insisted he's not concerned about which team drafts him April 27.

"It doesn't matter at all," Garrett said Saturday night in a video tweeted by Houston TV station FOX 26 KRIV before a ceremony for the Rotary Lombardi Award. "I mean it matters if they're the first pick or not. That's where I want to go. I want to hold myself to the highest standard, so that's No. 1. So whoever's No. 1, I've gotta play for them."

Myles Garrett said during red carpet before Lombardi Awards he's not concerned with who drafts him. Just wants to go #1 overall in NFL Draft

He also told ESPN the following on Saturday: "I've already said I like the Cowboys because that's my hometown team.  Everybody knows you're going to like your hometown team. But I want to go No. 1, whoever that is. If that's Cleveland, I have no problem going up there and playing with them. I'm going to love whatever team and organization that I'm a part of."

The Browns, of course, have the first overall pick, and draft analysts have universally labeled Garrett the favorite to become the top selection.

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