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QB or Not QB. That is the Question.

Monday, April 21st, 2014

When it comes to the 4th pick in the draft, Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine may be left scratching their heads. (photo: Contributor, Ryan Alton

The NFL off-season is aptly nicknamed “the silly season” due to the amount of misinformation and rumors that exist from teams constantly in pursuit of a competitive advantage.  For those in the game, it’s considered silly because you can’t truly put faith in anything you see or hear.  For those on the outside, it’s because it seems downright ridiculous that teams go to such lengths to conceal even the most inane details about what they’re doing and why.  All of this is never more true than during the two-week lead up to the NFL Draft.  The smoke is awfully thick out there and it’s only getting worse.  In fact, with the draft being pushed back to May this year, it seems we’ve long by-passed silly and gone straight to ludicrous season.  So take that for what it’s worth as you follow along with my thoughts here…

Draft Thoughts: One Month Out

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Who can it be now? With a month to go, the Browns have everyone guessing. (photo: Contributor:  Ryan Alton

We are one month away!  I’m too exciting to sleep!  Actually, on the contrary, sleep is about all I wish I could do for the next 30 days in order to avoid the over-saturation of analysis and second-guessing that is sure to permeate the Twittersphere.  I suppose I could have stuck to my promise and stayed off Twitter through Easter which would’ve brought me back just in time for the final stretch, when things are bound to be getting good. But where’s the fun in that?  I can’t help but think of all the good times I would’ve missed… “Pro Day Gate”, Cavs vs. Browns, Indians fans vs. everyone, grandstanding over Chief Wahoo and the Sin Tax, and of course, Grossi Mocks 3.0 through 9.7.  (Hey Tony!  Dewey Decimal has gone the way of the Fullback.  Just sayin.  #100YearsWar) (more…)

Cleveland Browns Seven Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Don’t be surprised if Mike Evans is the top wide receiver on the Browns’ draft board (Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Mock drafts are immensely popular. For the hopeful, mocks offer exciting possibilities. For those who love to argue, mocks provide fodder. Dozens (hundreds maybe – who has time to count?) of sites publish mock drafts and update them frequently. Mocks may come in a “best guess” format, or a “what I would do” format. They may be one round, two rounds, seven rounds, whatever. Hell, if you scroll through your twitter timeline right now there is probably some kind of mock draft happening. You can even simulate the draft right here if you’re into that sort of thing. Perhaps it’s this over saturation that has caused me to avoid doing one of my own this year. Or it could be that my last offering, from April 24, 2013, was so hopelessly inaccurate that it caused me to become subconsciously gun-shy. Still, I couldn’t just retire from the mock draft game, so with 35 days to go until the real deal, I decided to dust off the Magic Eight Ball. But did I opt for the “Seven Round Browns Mock Draft” over one that included every team in the league? All signs point to “yes.” (more…)

Tales From Free Agency: Alex Mack and Other Stories

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Are the Browns holding Alex Mack hostage with the Transition Tag? Or is it the other way around? (photo:

By DraftBrowns Contributor, Ryan Alton

Greetings from Absentia!  As many of you probably know, I had taken leave of Twitter for the sake of Lent but I couldn’t possibly sit idle without weighing in on All Things Browns as free agency simmers to a low boil.  Honestly, being the non-practicing Catholic that I am, I’m finding this whole Lent thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and I’m fairly certain my pathetic attempt at suddenly discovering Will Power will soon cede to the forces of not-so-hot sports takes, sarcastic quips and hashtags.  It’s only a matter of time.  Until then, I remain ever thankful I still have a forum to espouse my thoughts.  So on with it… (more…)

Breaking Down the Contracts of Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Pictured: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Day One of NFL Free Agency (Photo: Staff Writer: Mikey Tricarichi

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on twitter regarding details of transactions made by The Cleveland Browns on the first day of the 2014 NFL League Year. I’ll go over them somewhat chronologically. I’ll also touch on other news points of the day that need some explanation. (more…)

DraftBrowns 2014 NFL Free Agency Preview

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The Browns are said to be interested in free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Free agent negotiations have begun, and players can officially sign contracts on Tuesday. The Browns have applied the transition tag to center Alex Mack, and are prepared to let T.J. Ward test the waters. The team brass may still lock both players up to long term deals, but the Browns  must also look to free agency for outside help. Even with ten draft picks, the Browns have room to add as many as eight or nine starters, and Cleveland can’t head into the season using rookies to plug all of the holes at quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive line, linebacker and defensive back. Free agency is a chance for the team to use its ample salary cap space to add quality depth and players familiar with the new coaching staff. Here is a look at some of the outside free agents who will be, or should be on the Browns’ radar. (more…)

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