2015 NFL Draft Week Three Roundup

September 18th, 2014
Things are starting to click for Baylor pass rusher Shawn Oakman (Photo: dallasnews.com)

Things are starting to click for Baylor pass rusher Shawn Oakman (Photo: dallasnews.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Football is getting exhausting. Not the actual game itself, but the totality of the subject matter. This week, amid the clustercuss of off field issues plaguing the NFL, reigning Heisman winner and resident rocket scientist Jameis Winston, shouted a vulgar phrase within earshot of enough social media savvy students that the incident became a national headline. The phrase (Google it if you care) is based on some internet meme, which I’m sure is just hilarious; but regardless of intent, it’s decidedly disrespectful to women. This is a player who’s been the subject of a (botched) rape investigation and who is currently under the school’s code of conduct microscope for that same allegation. Look, I was no choir boy in my early 20s. And perhaps many college students bellow similar phrases to Winston’s. That would be ever so much fun, I’m sure. But maybe the guy should be a little more thoughtful from here on out, lest his prospective future employers decide he is not worth the headache. After all, the NFL is facing a bit of a public relations nightmare these days. If you hadn’t heard. On to this week’s roundup.

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2015 NFL Draft Week Two Roundup

September 12th, 2014
Running back Ameer Abdullah rescued Nebraska from a possible upset last weekend (Photo: journalstar.com)

Running back Ameer Abdullah rescued Nebraska from a possible upset last weekend (Photo: journalstar.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Week Two of the college football season began last Thursday with Arizona visiting Texas-San Antonio, and few could have guessed that it would turn out to be the best matchup until well into Saturday afternoon. The weekend’s early slate presented a perfect opportunity for me to grab a late breakfast and take a leisurely stroll with my wife (an easy way to score brownie points during a long football season), and I still settled in with enough time to watch Nebraska avoid a huge upset at the hands of McNeese State. I eventually watched the game in its entirety a few days later, and this week’s notes will kickoff with the player who saved the Cornhusker’s bacon that day… Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft Week One Roundup

September 4th, 2014
West Virginia receiver Kevin White had a strong performance against Alabama last weekend (Photo: wvusports.com)

West Virginia receiver Kevin White had a strong performance against Alabama last weekend (Photo: wvusports.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Week Two of the college football season gets underway tonight, so we’ve had a few days now to digest the early action from the long Labor Day weekend. With an eye toward next spring’s NFL Draft, I watched as many games as I could, jotted down some notes, and formulated a few red hot takes. It’s something I plan to do on a weekly basis (give or take. We’ve all got lives to lead) throughout the regular season. I’ll start by highlighting five players – good or bad – and close with some miscellanea to get as many thoughts out each week without boring anyone to tears. Here’s a look at some of my takeaways after the first slate of games.

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2014 Cleveland Browns Cutdown Day Tracker

August 30th, 2014
Garrett Gilkey was a surprise cut for the Browns on Saturday (Photo: athletepromotions.com)

Garrett Gilkey was a surprise cut for the Browns on Saturday (Photo: athletepromotions.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer Justin Higdon

NFL teams must cut their rosters to 53 by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Here’s a look at how the Browns roster is shaping up so far… Read the rest of this entry »


Browns 53-Man Roster Prediction: First Cuts Edition

August 24th, 2014
Veteran receiver Nate Burleson will have a hard time making the roster after missing the preseason with an injury (Photo: wkyc.com)

Veteran receiver Nate Burleson will have a hard time making the roster after missing the preseason with an injury (Photo: wkyc.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

The Browns need to make 15 roster moves by this Tuesday to get down to the initial, 75-man limit. That will be followed by another 22 transactions after Thursday’s final preseason game, to bring the roster down to its 53-man, regular season limit. The Browns will almost certainly have two roster exemptions heading into the season, with suspensions to wide receivers Marlon Moore (one game) and Josh Gordon (heaven only knows) looming. They can also make a little bit of room by moving injured players to various reserve lists. With three preseason games in the books, and roles coming into focus, it seemed like the perfect time for a quick roster prediction heading into the Tuesday’s cutdown. Injury designations and “first cuts” represent the moves that will take place by the 4:00 PM Eastern time, August 26th deadline: Read the rest of this entry »


Preseason Week Three Notes: It’s Not as Bad as it Looked

August 24th, 2014
Running back Dion Lewis has returned from injury to take hold of the Browns third running back job (Photo: nflspinzone.com)

Running back Dion Lewis has returned from injury to take hold of the Browns third running back job (Photo: nflspinzone.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon
With the quarterback situation decided for now, the Browns went into their third preseason game looking to establish some continuity on offense, and sort out some roles and roster spots. But with five cornerbacks shelved with injuries for a second straight game, the Browns defense had trouble getting off the field on third downs, and some familiar issues reared their heads on both sides of the ball. The game yielded an ugly final score and plenty of negatives, but still, some positivity rested beneath the surface. Here’s a look at pluses, minuses and the questions that remain with one practice game left before the results start counting. Read the rest of this entry »






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