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  • Mel Kiper’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Browns taking OT Mekhi Becton
    by Chris Pokorny on January 28, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports It’s that time of season to begin looking at mock drafts, with the Browns locked in at No. 10 overall. Mel Kiper of ESPN released his first mock draft of the year this past Friday. Despite all of the high expectations for the Cleveland Browns in 2019, they finished at a disappointing 6-10. The upside of that poor finish is that it really improved the Browns’ draft position, slotting them in at No. 10 overall. With that 10th overall pick, here is the direction that Kiper sees the Browns going: No. 10: Cleveland Browns - OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville - “This is a tough pick to project because the Browns don’t even have a general manager yet, but Cleveland’s clear weakness in 2019 was at left tackle. Greg Robinson was in and out of the starting lineup there and is now a free agent; he’s not the long-term answer. If the Browns can’t upgrade there in free agency, they should look to the draft. Becton, a 6-foot-7, 370-pound mountain of a man, is rising since he declared for the draft and scouts got a look at his 2019 film. He has great feet for his size and can plow through defenders in the run game. The last offensive tackle the Browns took in the first round? Joe Thomas at No. 3 overall in 2007. If Becton can come close to Thomas’ ceiling, new coach Kevin Stefanski could stick around a long time.” Here is Kiper talking more about Becton: Mel Kiper on Louisville OT Mekhi Becton: "Huge...and light on his feet. And I think you look at a guy at that size, and you say 'Boy, can he pass protect as a left tackle?', he can."Kiper mentions playing LT adds to Becton's value and that he could go higher in Top 10 #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/eVneWd0eev— WBG84 (@WBG84) January 25, 2020 Would you be happy if the Browns drafted Becton with their first-round pick? Cleveland’s offensive line needs an upgrade at the tackle positions and one of the guard spots, but as last season showed, the defense could use some work too.

  • Reviewing how the Browns players did in Pro Bowl as AFC wins 38-33
    by Chris Pokorny on January 28, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Did any members of the Browns make an impact? Another year, and another win for your Cleveland Browns, albeit in the Pro Bowl. The tragic sports news yesterday didn’t have me in the mood at all to check out the game on Sunday like I usually do, but let’s still touch on how things went down. The Cleveland Browns had three representatives at the 2020 Pro Bowl: RB Nick Chubb, WR Jarvis Landry, and OG Joel Bitonio. Here is a recap of his performance and the aftermath. Final Score AFC - 38NFC - 33 Each Browns player received $70,000 for the victory, along with everyone else on the AFC team. Everyone on the NFC team received $35,000 in bonus money (source). Oftentimes, the players use that extra money to help fund friends and family coming down (airfare, hotel, meals, etc), so there is something to fight for as the game goes on. Browns Performances RB Nick Chubb - Chubb was the AFC’s starting running back and had 4 carries for 23 yards (5.8 YPC). He was also targeted on one pass. WR Jarvis Landry - Despite being banged up during the season, Landry still played in the Pro Bowl. He caught 4 passes for 34 yards and was targeted 10 times. But where he really got to shine was as the MVP and sole survivor of the dodgeball game earlier in the week, overcoming the odds with some incredible catches: JARVIS LANDRY.Don't miss this Dodgeball performance for the ages. @God_Son80#ProBowlSkills pic.twitter.com/0yGr4mPE3A— NFL (@NFL) January 24, 2020 OG Joel Bitonio - While Landry and Chubb started the same, Bitonio was a reserve. There were no “lineman catches” for Bitonio during the game, so let’s highlight something from earlier in the week: him taking a picture with a family at Walt Disney World! Having went to Orlando last March myself, it’s fun to be able to have some perspective of where things are in the city and within Walt Disney World. We are at @WaltDisneyWorld for family fun, but also representing our Cleveland @Browns — family style! Who would have guessed we would meet @JoelBitonio! Thanks for taking a pic with us, Joel. Looking at the picture, I’m smiling like a 10 year old boy! Awesome. #DawgCheck pic.twitter.com/PwjyEj6ST9— Michael Ombrello (@MichaelOmbrello) January 26, 2020 QB Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens was the Offensive MVP, and DE Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the Defensive MVP.

  • Drew Petzing to be the Browns’ new tight ends coach
    by Chris Pokorny on January 28, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images And what was Ben McAdoo doing in Cleveland? Catching up on a bit of news from last Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns are hiring Drew Petzing as their new tight ends coach. #Browns Kevin Stefanski has hired #Vikings WR coach Drew Petzing, expected to be TE coach here, source tells clevelanddotcom— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 24, 2020 Petzing was the Vikings’ wide receivers coach in 2019, and has had various roles with the Vikings since 2014. Prior to that, he was actually a football operations intern with the Browns in 2013. The other bit of coaching news we heard last week was that former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was interviewing for some type of position on Kevin Stefanski’s staff. McAdoo last held a role on an NFL staff at the end of the 2017 season.

  • Report: Browns hire Andrew Berry as GM
    by Thomas Moore on January 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Berry returns to Cleveland on a reported five-year deal. The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired Andrew Berry as general manager. Berry will reportedly sign a five-year contract and have control over the 53-man roster. The Browns will reportedly announce the hiring later today. The deal is done and agreed to: The #Browns have hired Andrew Berry as their new GM and Executive VP on a 5-year deal, sources say. He has 53-man roster control and is the youngest GM in the NFL.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2020 Berry’s arrival means the Browns have achieved the organizational alignment that co-owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly wants from the franchise. Berry worked with current chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta in Cleveland from 2016 to 2018, and is familiar with head coach Kevin Stefanski from when the Browns interviewed Stefanski following the 2018 season. Expectation is he takes over as executive VP and GM. Berry has the potential to marry both sides of the building together. https://t.co/kcAYj1z50e— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 27, 2020 Berry spent the past season with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team’s vice president of football operations. In that role, Berry was involved in scouting, contracts and strategy, according to NFL.com’s Adam Maya, which helped him build on his previous work with the Browns, where he was in charge of pro and college scouting. The Browns were not the only NFL team interested in Berry, as Maya pointed out that the Carolina Panthers also wanted to interview Berry for an executive vice president role. Before his first stint with the Browns, Berry spent seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, starting as a scouting assistant in 2009 and finishing his final four years with the team as the pro scouting coordinator. In addition to Berry, the Browns interviewed Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton, who withdrew his name from consideration late last week, and New England Patriots Director of College Scouting Monti Ossenfort. At age 32, Berry will become the youngest general manager in the NFL.

  • Daily Dawg Chow (1/27/20)
    by Jon Stinchcomb on January 27, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports More of the latest Browns news and notes from around the web in today’s dose of the Daily Dawg Chow. Cleveland Browns: “Police find small amounts of marijuana after stopping Kareem Hunt for speeding” (BrownsZone) - “Rocky River police found small amounts of marijuana after stopping Browns running back Kareem Hunt for speeding...” “Report: Haslams ‘too hands on, dysfunction of ownership’ a challenge for Cleveland Browns to overcome” (WKYC) - “CBS Sports reporter Ryan Wilson feels Jimmy Haslam’s hands-on approach has created dysfunction within Cleveland Browns’ organization.” “How the Browns helped ‘Inspire Change’ through the First and Ten initiative in 2019” (Browns.com) - “The Browns’ signature volunteer movement, First and Ten, rolled forward in 2019 with one of its best and most impactful years yet.” “Analytics has many uses in Cleveland Browns’ organization” (Crowquill) - “They could be used to help with scheduling practices to maximize efficiency and implementing training regimens that reduce injuries.” NFL: “NFL community honors late NBA legend Kobe Bryant” (NFL.com) - “NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday, the NBA confirmed. Bryant was 41, and his daughter was 13.” “Sources: Ravens’ Matthew Judon expected to draw offseason trade interest” (ESPN) - “Ravens defensive end Matthew Judon is a candidate for Baltimore’s franchise tag and trade inquiries from other teams, league sources tell ESPN...” “Russell Okung declares his candidacy for NFLPA president” (PFT) - “As expected, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung has become the first player to throw his hat into the ring for the position of NFL Players Association president.” “The Deep End of the Pool” (SI.com) - “It was the strangest kidnapping case Western New York had ever seen, and it all tied back to a Super Bowl squares pool, an unexpected game and the one man who got in over his head.”

 

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