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Browns GM Ray Farmer steals day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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First year GM Ray Farmer stole the show last night. He moved around the draft board with the stealth of a ninja. He got the most of the trade down when he got the Bills 1 and 4 in 2015 for moving down from 4 to 9. Then he gave up only a 5th to move up to 8 to get his cornerback Justin Gilbert. Gilbert is a top cover guy but I am not sure if he knows what the word “tackle” means. He is not physical but has height and speed to cover the bigger receivers in the AFC North.

Farmer moved again from 26 to the infamous pick 22 (two former Browns QB failed being drafted at that pick) to get QB Johnny Manziel. He gave up a 3rd to get that pick and the move was necessary because there were other teams reportedly after Johnny Football. He is not my first choice at QB because I see him as a risky player. There is significant chance that he will fail because of his lack of size and style of play. I did tweet that Johnny Football will become Johnny Flatball unless the Browns fix the right side of the O line. The team has plenty of picks to get help there.

Manziel has to develop into a more of a pocket passer to succeed. I am not sure he can do that. He also has to stay healthy. Given the tough defenses in the AFC North, that will be the bigger challenge.

The bottom line on the Browns round 1 draft is this. If Manziel does not work out, Farmer hedged his bet with the extra picks from the Bills in next years draft. Bryan Hoyer is the fall back position at QB. But he too is not thick and needs to be protected.

Biggest value of round 1 – Rams taking DT Aaron Donald with the 13th pick. Donald was 5th on my board. He is a perfect 3 technique guy that will provide inside pass rush for an already lethal D line.

Biggest reach of round 1 – The 3rd worst reach was QB Blake Bortles taken at 3 by the Jags. He is at least a year away and would have been available much later. They should have moved down to get extra picks. That pick is an explanation of why the Jags are always at the top of the draft.

The 2nd biggest reach was by the Dolphins taking OT JaWuan James. James was a mid 3rd round value on my board.

But by far the biggest reach was the Cards taking SS Deone Bucannon at 27. I had him as a late 3rd round value.

Biggest risk of round 1 – The Patriots took DL Dominique Easley at 29. Easley is an outstanding talent but has an injury history that includes 2 ACL surgeries. If he can avoid more injuries he will be a good addition but the odds are against that.

GOOD NEWS: At least I don’t have to burn my leather Browns jacket because they did not take Derek Carr with the 4th pick.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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The Browns shopping list for Free Agency.

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 NOTE: Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk and RotoWorld joins Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and former NFL scout Kelron Sykes Monday at 6 PM EDT to talk about which free agents the Browns should pursue. Join us on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

The free agent period begins at 4PM EDT Tuesday. Like all teams the Browns have several holes that could be best filled with a veteran free agent rather than a rookie. Unlike other teams the Browns have more than 50 million dollars to spend. They will not use all of it because some will be necessary to pay the rookies and to take care of critical 2015 free agents. Here is my position list for the Browns in free agency.

 

Inside linebacker:

Last week the Browns gave Restricted free agent ILB Craig Robertson a qualifying offer. That should allow him to stay in Cleveland. However, with the release of D’Quell Jackson, the Browns need a fast young veteran to play along side the one year vet. Robertson is not effective at pass coverage. The Browns have been vulnerable for years to tight ends and running backs catching passes. The only way to solve that is by bringing in a quality veteran ILB.

 

Cornerback:

The team needs a veteran to pair with all pro Joe Haden. While Buster Skrine does his best, he is not big enough to cover tall wide receivers. He is much better covering slot receivers that tend to be much smaller. If the Browns get a solid veteran, the pass D would improve greatly.

 

Free Safety:

Whether T.J. Ward resigns or not, the team has given up way too many big plays because the free safety position is so weak. The Browns need a true center fielder that can read the play and make up for any lost coverages.

 

Wide Receiver:

When the Browns traded for WR Davone Bess but a combination of a bad case of dropsy and serious mental issues made him useless. The young WR crew will get younger with at lease one rookie from the draft. They need a solid leader to show them what is required for them to develop. Coaches can do part of that job but a vet in the locker room is critical.

 

Offensive Guard:

The return of C Kevin Mack somewhat uncertain despite the transition tag. If he leaves the plan is to move G John Greco to C. He is below average at G and will be less effective at C. The other guard is projected to be Jason Pinkston. He is still recovering from a life threatening medical issue. He was much less effective last season than before the injury. The Browns could use a vet G and need to draft another to provide depth.

 

Offensive Tackle:

I guess I am the only one that is not satisfied with the job that Mitchell Schwartz did at RT last year. He does not have the feet to pass protect and is fooled by the end/tackle stunt over and over. There are a couple of quality vet RT candidates. The Browns need to sign one.

 

I do not recommend getting a veteran running back in free agency. Even a back that is 26 or 27 will have only a couple of years of usefulness. If they sign one on a single year deal, that would be fine. I am also not in favor of a vet QB. The Browns have a vet QB in Brian Hoyer. They need to add a potential starter and a developmental guy in the draft.

 

 

 

 

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Browns post season special tonight on NNR

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Browns post season special tonight on NNR

Samantha Bunten will join us to talk about the Browns season and coaching change pending.

Cleveland Sports legend Bob Karlovic will join us to talk about the season, the potential coaches and the draft and free agent needs in the off season.

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Thoughts about week 13 in the NFL

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The Seahawks are really good.

I projected QB Wilson as the 3rd best QB prospect in the 2012 draft.  The Seahawks and I were both right.  He is not getting the pub that Luck and RG3 get but is playing just as well with fewer picks than Luck and more wins than RG3.  To go into Chicago and beat the Bears was a major step forward.  The Hawks will be a very tough out.

 

The Niners made the right decision about Kaepernick.

Kaep can do so much more than QB Smith ever could that the move in my opinion was overdue.  Kaep can throw down field and has the guts and arm to throw the ball into small windows.  While the running game and D will win a lot of regular season games, to win in the playoffs you need a QB to throw down field.

 

Even with two straight wins the Browns need to fire Shurmur after the season.

The Browns have beaten a Steeler team with a 90 year old QB fresh out of the retirement home and a Raider team that has a history of beating itself more often than winning.  Shurmur is still way too inflexible to be the coach long term.  His playcalls will continue to take points off the board and that will cost the team wins when they get good enough to challenge for the playoffs.

 

His unwillingness to give up the playcalling shows he is more about him than the team.  I am tired of watching the winning efforts unrewarded due to stupid calls by Shurmur.

 

Sanchez was a one year starter that was never worth a 5th overall pick.

I have never believed that a one year starter can be a quality NFL QB.  Sanchez waited behind a never was.  He was taken to the playoffs in his first two years by a quality defense and running game.

 

But Greg McElroy is not the answer.  The Jets need to get a new coach, GM and QB to become a factor in the AFC East.  I loved Tim Tebow coming out of college but he has never been given the reps he needed to become a starting quality NFL QB.

 

The Packers are too banged up to win a title.

The Pack needs a running game to balance their O and some help to solidify the defense.  LB Mathews being out has eliminated the pass rush.  The back 7 don’t have the coverage skills to compete against the quality QBs they will face in the playoffs.

 

Put a fork in the Eagles.  They are done.

Mike Vick is history and so is Andy Reid.  The owner will clean house after the season as he should.  Reid is not a bad coach but after 10 years the players tune out the coach.  He was also hurt by naming a friend and OL coach as DC.

 

The locker room has suffered by the influx of high priced UFAs.  The issue has been coaching as well as lack of vet leadership.

 

The Eagles need a new QB.  QB Foles is a great kid but is not ready and has limitations.  There is a reason he was a 3rd round pick in 2012.

 

That’s what I think.   Tell us what you think.

 

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns loss to the Ratbirds.

Dave Kay basketball writer for Walterfootball.com joins us to talk Cavs.

Mike Kirby NFL Draft writer for the Enquirer.com and Mockingthedraft.com joins us to talk 2013 NFL Draft.

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Steele Sanderson

Steele Sanderson Raven beat writer Bleacher Report joins us to preview this week’s Browns game.

Doug Upstone of Sports-Watch.com joins us to talk about the top college games this weekend.

Tony Williams Giants and Knicks beat writer for Metro New York Paper joins us to talk NFL and preview the NBA season.

Samantha Bunten joins us to talk Cleveland sports.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/. Also listen to the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear his sports show Monday-Thursday 6-7:30 PM EST on or http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/?page_id=21.  You can catch any interviews you missed on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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