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The NFL gave Columbus Browns and Bengal fans a gift.

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NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete 1st round mock draft.

Last year the NFL forgot that Central Ohio fans of the Browns and Bengals have a unique disadvantage. Because both teams are in the AFC, the fans needed to get Sunday Ticket to see more than half of their favorite team’s games. While most people in Columbus believed it was a ploy to sell more subscriptions, the NFL doesn’t really need the money.

The late season network flexibility helped because Fox covered some games that would have been blacked out due to the local CBS affiliate WBNS having to choose one team or the other. There was some flack including a major complaint here on FPS.

The NFL took the Central Ohio issue into account this season with the schedule. Based on my calculations, Browns fans should be able to see 13 of the 16 regular season games. That is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because the fans will be able to see their team. The curse is that the Browns still don’t have a starting quality QB on the roster.

The Bengal fans should be able to watch 12 games on free TV. The NFL has not indicated if they will allow the same flexibility to local affiliates this season that they did late last season. It affects Central Ohio the most because other cities with 2 teams in a single metro area are in different conferences.

It could be a L O N G season for Browns fans. But there is always next year and next year’s draft. I believe the plan is simple: Crash for Cardale!

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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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/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

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Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete first round mock draft. It is up on fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Friday we break down the Browns schedule.

In 2011 I recommended the Browns take Colin Kaepernick to solve their QB issue. He was available in the 2nd round. They didn’t listen and Colin took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and 3 NFC championship games.

In 2012 I was pounding the desk for the Browns to take Russell Wilson. He was available in the 3rd round. But they didn’t listen and all he did was set the record for the most wins by a rookie QB and win 1 Super Bowl and but for the worst play call in SB history almost win a 2nd straight.

In 2014 I was calling for the Browns to take Teddy Bridgewater. He was available at pick 22 but the Browns took Johnny Manziel. While he didn’t take a bad Vikings team to the Super Bowl (no one could have), he had a good season. Even late I recommended they take Zach Mettenberger. He had the best arm in the draft and was available in the 6th round. Again they didn’t listen.

It is not like the Browns are waist deep in quality QB candidates. But they don’t listen and probably never will. But I have been studying the draft since 1960. I have seen a lot of QB prospects come and go. This year I would like to see the Browns take either Brett Hundley from UCLA or Bryce Petty from Baylor. Both have better arms than any of the so called QB candidates on the roster now. Hundley threw to receivers running pro route trees (for the most part). Petty has a remarkable easy delivery.

However don’t hold your breath. The Browns won’t listen to me or you or anyone for that matter. If they start either Johnny or former TB QB Josh McCown they will be at or close to the 1st overall pick in the 2016 draft. Looks like a plan to “Crash for Cardale” to me.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fri days about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

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/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Tonight we are proud to have Cincy Enquirer Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy to talk about what the Bengals plan for the draft and 2012 season.

 

We then begin our expert Mock draft including the picks of our local analysts for each of the teams and live picks by Bucs feature writer for the Bleacher Report Tom Edrington, Rams pre-game show host Issac Byrd, Jason Clary Knightcast analyst for the Dolphins, and Eric Frenz, AFC East feature writer for the Jets.

 

We then will be joined by Bob Karlovec to analyze the mock draft.

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start on May 2.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

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Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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Just after 6:20 we will replay our interview with Prince Amukamara CB from Nebraska.

Then at 7:20 David Kay of Walterfootball.com joins us to discuss the NBA playoffs, the upsets in game 1 of the first rounds in the West and the NBA draft.

On Tuesday at 6:20 Mike Scottey of Drafttek.com joins the show to talk about the draft and their new feature that allows users to create their own customized Mock Draft. Then at 7:20 John Westanhaver of Football Evaluations, LLC joins the show to discuss his approach to player analysis and his programs to help high school players get recruited by colleges.

Special Announcement: My radio version of NNR will be on during the entire draft Thursday April 28 and Friday April 29th. The show both nights will begin at 6 PM EDT and continue during every pick of the first 3 rounds. I will have a special show on Saturday beginning at 11AM and cover the draft until the middle of the 6th round at the very least. Please join me and call in on the Herbalife Hotline at 216-539-0607 and tell us how your favorite team has done. Phone lines will be open during the broadcast.

The NNR show Monday of draft week will include conversations with the writers for the teams drafting early first round. Please join us for the latest in NFL draft information.

Please join us and call in to the Herbalife Hotline 216-539-0607 to be part of the show.

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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-Friday 6-8 PM EST on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

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Previewing the NBA Draft

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This preview will deal with the top 20 picks. Anyone that has watched the NBA draft over the last few years realizes that the last 10 picks in the first round are a crap shoot at best. The analysis here is a combination of what I think the teams will do and what they should do based on their needs.

This year’s draft is deeper than any in the last few years but there is a significant drop off after the 20th player. Look for the bottom 10 to take a lot of foreign players. The top teams in the league are often looking to draft a future player that can develop overseas for a couple of years without costing the team a roster spot or big money. That is particularly true this season because of the potential labor issue coming up in the near future.

1. Washington

Without doubt, John Wall PG Kentucky will be the choice. Some are saying he is the best player to come out since Kevin Durant. I don’t think so. Durant is a well rounded player that gets rebounds, assists and points. Wall will help a weak O develop some consistency.

2. Philadelphia

The 76ers will have D on the floor next season with Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday. None of them are NBA scorers. Some think the team will go with Cousins but my pick here is the most refined O player in the draft–Evan Turner SG Ohio State. He can create his own shot and draw doubles to dish off to an open player.

3. New Jersey

Derrick Favors PF Georgia Tech should be the pick here unless the team trades out of the spot. NJ was the worst team in the league last year with a ton of cap space. If they can get 2 or 3 vets in a deal for this spot they will take the trade in a New Jersey second. Favors has the physical style that the team needs on D and will be a consistent scorer.

4. Minnesota

The Timberwolves are trying to move up to get Turner. They won’t be able to. So they will go for another more mature wing scorer–Wesley Johnson SF Syracuse. Johnson is 22 and will be reunited with Jonny Flynn.

5. Sacramento

DeMarcus Cousins PF/C Kentucky is the picture of inconsistent play. He disappears for stretches of a game. But the team needs an athletic big man and he is the best of that category. He is a 1 and done guy that they will have to find a way to light a fire under to get the production that they expect from the 5th pick.

6. Golden State

Greg Monroe PF Georgetown is a perimeter PF that is more finesse than physical. He can’t help the team with rebounding on the wing. But he has great “upside” and that is what will get him picked here.

7. Detroit

Al-Farouq Aminu SF Wake Forest will probably be the pick here but I am wondering why. He can’t shoot beyond 6 ft. He is raw as steak tartar but he is athletic and has potential. That is what gets coaches fired faster than anything else.

8. L.A. Clippers

Ekpe Udoh PF Baylor has shot up the draft charts in recent weeks. He is a shot blocking specialist that will score and rebound. I project he will end up being a better player than Monroe or Aminu.

9. Utah (From New York via Phoenix)

There is a noticeable drop off between the top 8 and 9 through about 15. This is where the projecting gets a lot more difficult. I predict that Utah will take Cole Aldrich C Kansas. They need another big man to go with Paul Millsap because Carlos Boozer is a UFA and will leave. Aldrich is more physical than Millsap and will let the latter move to F.

10. Indiana

The Pacers would love to trade this pick for a proven vet PG. They don’t have a true starting quality PG on the roster and they will likely lose starting G Earl Watson to free agency. They have the 40th pick and might go PG there because there are no PGs rated high enough to be taken here. I’ll project Ed Davis PF North Carolina. He is a “2 and done” guy that looks better than he plays. He has talent but didn’t get it done on the floor for NC. Some are projecting Eric Bledsoe PG/SG Kentucky but he is not a true PG either.

11. New Orleans

NO would probably take Davis if he is on the board. If not they could go for Luke Babbitt SF/PF Nevada. He is a solid scorer and has the size and strength to play the 4 with the quickness to play the 3.

12. Memphis

The Griz could use a PG but like Indy is not likely to take one here. PG Mike Conley has not been bad but has not developed the way the team hoped having taken him with the 4th pick in 07. The big question is what will they do with RFA Rudy Gay? I predict they will resign him to play SF and go with Xavier Henry SG Kansas. That could move O.J. Mayo to PG. Henry is 6-6 and has an NBA body and good shooting range.

13. Toronto

Avery Bradley SG Texas is the choice here. At 6-3 180 he is a SG in the body of a PG but has great athleticism, body control and above average shooting range. He can play the PG on D but will let either Jarrett Jack or Sonny Weems bring the ball up the court.

14. Houston

There are a lot of possibilities here. The team might be interested in a C (in case they lose Yao Ming) or SG but the ones they like are gone. I think they go for Gordon Hayward SF Butler. He had a great tournament but he is athletically limited and can struggle to get his own shot. I think he will be a marginal player at best at the next level.

15. Milwaukee (From Chicago)

Patrick Patterson PF Kentucky could be the pick here but a SF could also be the choice. He doesn’t have the size to be a true 4 but doesn’t have the quickness to play the 3. He can shoot and they will need more scoring if they lose SG Michael Redd and the rest of the UFAs on the team.

16. Minnesota (From Denver via Charlotte)

A guy I like better than Patterson is Stanley Robinson SF UConn. He is a true SF with the quicks to play that on both ends of the floor. He is an above average athlete that worked hard on his 3 point accuracy. Most experts have him going later but I like him quite a bit.

17. Chicago (From Milwaukee)

The only question here is who can they pick that will be the biggest draw to bring LeBron James to the windy city? The problem for the Bulls is that they have a couple of limited big men in the starting lineup. PF Taj Gibson is not as athletic as you would like and C Joakim Noah is a head case of the first order. They should be looking for someone like Larry Sanders PF/C VCU. He is a physical blue collar guy that brings it every game. Instead they will probably go for James Anderson SG Oklahoma State. Anderson is a sharp shooting wing man that will protect them if they can’t get LJ and will open up the lane for Derrick Rose.

18. Miami

The rumor is that SG Dwayne Wade will go where ever LJ goes. If LJ goes to Chicago, Wade may not be able to follow. Either way, despite the fact that he has a player option to stay, he will go somewhere. That leaves a BIG hole at SG and the Heat will likely take Eric Bledsoe PG/SG Kentucky. The only problem is that he is too small to play SG on the D end of the floor. He does have a great stroke and will help replace the scoring if Wade goes.

19. Boston

During the finals, the old legs of the Celtics bigs showed. They need to get some young bigs that can stay with quicker opponents. For that reason, I think that Solomon Alabi C Florida St. will be the pick. Alabi has a couple of years under his belt at FSU and is a shot blocker. He needs a lot of coaching on the O end of the floor.

20. San Antonio

The Spurs need a wing man because Richard Jefferson has not worked out. They really like experienced players and will pick Damion James SF Texas. He is a 4 year guy with grit and toughness. He will fit nicely in the Spurs O and help on D.

That’s what I think. Tell me 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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

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