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“It’s All Smoke” and 5th Year Options

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Browns might draft a Quarterback high next week, but that won’t deter Brian Hoyer from living his dream. (photo:

DraftBrowns Contributor, Ryan Alton

I’m trying Johnny fans, I really am.  But every time I put the blinders on and block out the typical pre-draft noise hitting me square in the face, someone somewhere will say something that gives me serious doubts about the likelihood of the Browns taking a quarterback with the 4th overall pick in the draft.


As we round the curve and prepare to sprint down the final stretch before next week’s NFL Draft, more and more key figures in Berea are voicing their opinions and philosophies regarding the question that EVERYONE has on their minds… “When are you going to FINALLY address the Quarterback position?”  (more…)

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…)

2014 NFL Draft Underclassman Watch: Defense

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer confirmed suspicions that 2013 will be Bradley Roby’s last season as a Buckeye (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Underclassmen have until January 15, 2014 to declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, but Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer didn’t hesitate to admit that cornerback Bradley Roby will be leaving for the NFL after this season.  Roby, like South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, had never hidden the fact that his junior season would be his last.  Unlike Clowney, Roby could have entered the draft last season but opted not to.  And by summer time, if not sooner, he may have been regretting his choice.  Roby began the season suspended after an off-season altercation with a Bloomington, Indiana bouncer, and has followed with a number of uneven performances.  Still, Roby has tremendous athleticism and speed; and is a physical, aggressive cornerback.  His natural talent and potential will keep him in the first round, or at least the top 40 picks.


2014 NFL Draft Underclassman Watch: Offense

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Jeremy Hill (center) and La’el Collins (right) could lead another mass exodus from Baton Rouge to the NFL after the season (Photo: Daniel Shirley-USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

The 2014 NFL Draft is still nearly six months into the future, but the draft season is just about a Holiday Weekend away.  The Saturday-after-Thanksgiving marks the end of the regular season for the majority of FBS teams, and the schedule is loaded with rivalry games – Ohio State at Michigan, Oregon State at Oregon, Baylor at TCU, Florida State at Florida, and Alabama at Auburn – that carry BCS Championship implications.  Those matchups will be followed by a smattering of Conference Championship games, and then by the ever-expanding “Bowl Season.”

This is a crucial month-and-a-half for talent evaluators.  Many of these contests can be used in gauging how a prospect handles the spotlight.  While a couple of good games won’t make a career, a couple of well-timed games can nudge a career in the right direction.  Of course, no evaluator should base his judgment on one or two games, so really, the early draft season’s true importance lies in the dozens of underclass declarations that will trickle out over the next 50 days or so. (more…)

About the Talented Mr. Gordon

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

What will it take for this talented Browns receiver to realize he’s playing with the wrong kind of fire? (photo:

By DraftBrowns Writer, Ryan Alton

If you’ve followed me on Twitter for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m fairly consistent in my views towards the Browns and the players that don the team’s colors.  It should be of little surprise when I openly admit that my point-of-view generally leans pro-team and/or pro-player when it comes to debating actions, motives and rationale with fellow fans.  As a former coach, I guess I just have a natural tendency to identify with the team and the players before the press and (oftentimes) the yelling, screaming fans in the bleachers section. (more…)

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