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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…)

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…)

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…)

Another End of Season’s Greetings

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Maybe God hates Cleveland because Browns fans still believe in Santa. Just sayin. Contributor: Ryan Alton

Well, here we are again.  It seems like only yesterday I was outlining my first post for our newly-minted site here at  It was about a year ago (December 21st, to be exact) and one of my first ventures was to project the outlook for the latest “most crucial off-season in Cleveland Browns history”.  That one, coming after the grim and disappointing end to the Randy Lerner via Mike Holmgren Era, where a change at the top would lead to systematic upheaval in every facet of the organization.  As has been the case far too often in Brownstown, change was needed and change was indeed coming. (more…)

Browns Film Room: The Rise of Jordan Cameron

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Third-year tight end Jordan Cameron has exceeded all expectations thus far in 2013. (photo: Editor: Brendan Leister

When the Cleveland Browns selected USC tight end and former college basketball player Jordan Cameron with the 102nd pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, they made the selection with the future in mind.  This was extremely apparent during Cameron’s first two seasons as he produced a mere 26 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown in 22 games.  Cameron always showed the athletic ability to be the type of mismatch that teams are looking for at the tight end position in today’s NFL, but the opportunities just simply were not there for him to prove his worth. (more…)

Browns Film Room: Packaged Plays and Reading Defenders

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner have incorporated some innovative wrinkles into the Browns offense. (photo: Editor: Brendan Leister

With more and more NFL teams implementing innovative concepts and philosophies on offense (especially from the college and high school ranks), it is important that teams do not fall behind.  With this in mind, a few plays caught my eye while watching the Cleveland Browns defeat the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals the past two weeks.  Although each may have looked like just another simple play in a quick viewing of the live broadcast, there was a forward-thinking approach to the design of each of the plays. (more…)

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