Joe Haden Reveals His Next Move

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Joe Haden commits to Steelers for three years, $27,000,000 and will play Browns in opening game

Now, this ought to be a fascinating opener.

Joe Haden, the Pro Bowl cornerback, released by the Browns on Wednesday, has agreed a three year contract with arch rivals the Steelers. This deal is worth $27,000,000, including $7,000,000 assured for this season, reports profootballtalk.com.

No longer do the Browns have to pay the $4,000,000 Haden was due to receive from them this season.

On September 10, the Browns will play hosts to the Steelers at the FirstEnergy Stadium. This particular run of events should add some extra fascination to the match.

“A tough competitor” according to receiver Antonio Brown. “He is a ruthless opponent. Certainly someone you need to be prepared and ready for. He is quick and strong”.

Originally, Haden was meant to enroll with the Steelers on Wednesday evening in Charlotte, NC, which is where the Panthers and Steelers play tomorrow evening in the preseason finale.

Released by the Browns on Wednesday morning, Haden could enroll with his new team after 16:00, and his next deal was revealed within minutes.

Adam Schefter, from ESPN, said that Haden had been offered more by other teams, however he chose to commit to the Steelers.

For the last six years, Brown has faced Haden as an opponent, however he used his influence at the club to get him signed. The NFL Network reports that Brown told his coach that Haden still has lots of fire left in the tank.

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Brock Osweiler Starts For The Browns

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Brock Osweiler announced as Browns starter for the preseason opening match versus Saints

Brock Osweiler is set to start the preseason opening match on Thursday evening, versus the Saints at First Energy Stadium, according to Browns manager Hue Jackson.

The second man will be Cody Kessler, followed by Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer.

This does not mean though, that Osweiler will begin the season opening match versus the Steelers on September 10. Kizer could well end up doing that instead.

Jackson said that, at this point in the quarterback assessment process, he will have Osweiler start in the Thursday preseason opening match versus the Saints. While many factors are taken into account during the assessment, it is ultimately about running the offense effectively and efficiently, Jackson noted. Jackson went on to say that he wants his starters to have the ability to do this in all circumstances.

Osweiler has not really got any reps in the first team, so this will provide him with that opportunity. Everyone is looking forward to watching how he fairs in the limelight during the week and versus the Saints.

Speculation is rife that the Browns might be attempting to groom Osweiler for trading. However, on Monday, Adam Schefter from ESPN was interviewed on the Dan Patrick show. Schefter said that the Browns have declined trade offers and do not wish to get rid of the veteran.

Now that Osweiler has moved to number one, for this week at least, this does not look encouraging for Kessler, with regards to his quarterback ambitions this season.

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News Notes and Rumors Mock NFL Draft

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Mock NFL Draft

1 Cleveland Browns QB PR CB S Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
2 San Francisco 49ers OLB DE T G QB Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
3 Chicago Bears PR CB S G T TE Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
4 Jacksonville Jaguars TE RB DT T G Leonard Fournette RB LSU
5 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
6 New York Jets QB OLB CB de Haason Reddick OLB Temple
7 Los Angeles Chargers S WR DE G T QB Malik Hooker S Ohio State
8 Carolina Panthers T DE RB CB Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
9 Cincinnati Bengals T G OLB PR RB Taco Charlton DE Michigan
10 Buffalo Bills CB S WR T Jamal Adams S LSU
11 New Orleans Saints CB S OLB WR Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
12 Cleveland Browns   O.J. Howard TE Alabama
13 Arizona Cardinals ILB QB S CB Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
14 Philadelphia Eagles ILB CB RB DE Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
15 Indianapolis Colts T G DE DT RB Malik McDowell DT Michigan St
16 Baltimore Ravens OLB WR CB S Zach Cunningham OLB Vandy
17 Washington Redskins ILB dt S RB T Caleb Brantley DT Florida
18 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB CB Tre’Davious White CB LSU
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE DT S RB OT Charles Harris DE Missouri
20 Denver Broncos T G ILB DE Cam Robinson T Alabama
21 Detroit Lions PR OLB WR G TE David Njoku TE Miami
22 Miami Dolphins OLB G CB S Jabrill Peppers LB/S Michigan
23 New York Giants LT ILB QB Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
24 Oakland Raiders MLB DT CB OLB Jarrad Davis LB Florida
25 Houston Texans QB T G OLB Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
26 Seattle Seahawks T G DT CB Kevin King CB Washington
27 Kansas City Chiefs ILB RB DT DE CB Dalvin Cook RB Florida St.
28 Dallas Cowboys CB S DE TE Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
29 Green Bay Packers PR CB S RB Quincy Wilson CB Florida
30 Pittsburgh Steelers ILB OLB WR QB T.J. Watt OLB Wisconsin
31 Atlanta Falcons G DE DT CB S Pat Elflein g Ohio State
*32 New Orleans Saints CL 33 &#5 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

*Saints trade the 32nd pick to Cleveland for pick 33 & their 5th round pick.

 

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2017 NFL Draft – A Look at Defense

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Myles Garrett

DE
Very deep for 4/3 DE not as deep for 3/4 guys
1
Myles Garrett TAM 6-4 272 R1
Extremely Athletic 3y st Student of game Quick & great body control Half his sacks vs Sisters Perpet Misserable
2
Derek Barnett Tenn 6-3 259 R1
3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.
3
Solomon Thomas Stanf 6-3 273 R1
2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.
4
Taco Charlton Mich 6-6 277 R1
1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4 started in the 4/3 Needs tech help & 2nd move.
5
Charles Harris Missouri 6-3 253 R1-2
2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.
WC
Tarell Basham Ohio 6-4 269 R2
4Y ST that was DMVP in 16 quick & agile good edge bend but played against lesser talents.
DT
Strong deep class but a bit lite in 1st round
1
Jonathan Allen Alab 6-3 296 R1
3y st Good upper body & hand strike. Versatile hard worker, 4 awards needs more aggression but is solid.
2
Malik McDowell Mich St 6-6 295 R1
2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts but need technique help
3
Caleb Brantley Fla 6-3 307 R2
2Y st Collapses pocket physcal & quick, strong hands Needs more bulk but frame is not good for it.
4
Chris Wormley Mich 6-5 298 R2-3
3Y st few weaknesses & converts speed to power. but not athletic, needs technique improvement.
5
Dalvin Tomlinson Alab 6-3 310 R2-3
2y st Is solid vs run but struggles in pass rush. May be 2 down DT. ACL inj in 13.
WC
Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6-3 305 R2-3
Very productive at small school questions about his ability at NFL level.
OLB
Deep in quality and numbers.
1
Haason Reddick Temple 6-1 237 R1
2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength has a tweener body
2
Zach Cunningham Vandy 6-3 234 R1
2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.
3
Tim Williams Alab 6-3 244 R1-2
3Y st High sack rate Quick off ball, twitchy & avoids blocks, Needs better play recognition & bulk
4
Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6-2 250 R1-2
2Y st 1 super season quick to QB mainly speed rusher that lacks bulk to hold POA Surgery Mr 6 Shoulder
5
T.J. Watt Wisc 6-4 252 R2
1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.
WC
Tyus Bowser Houston 6-3 247 R2-3
3Y ST in a No D league Decent speed & power with a good up side.
ILB
Very D sensitive group Some 3/4 guys but few 4/3 MLB prospects
1
Reuben Foster Alab 6-0 229 R1
2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy in 16 games?
2
Raekwon McMillan OhSt 6-2 240 R1-2
2.5 Y st with power & strength Not smooth @ changing direction & needs better play recognition.
3
Jarrad Davis Fla 6-1 238 R2
2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer
4
Anthony Walker Jr. Northwestern 6-1 238 R3-4
1 of the reasons NW D was so much better. Good vs Run but can cover RBs in pass as well.
5
Kendell Beckwith LSU 6-2 243 R3-4
2.5y starter but has injury history Not a top athlete Too many tackles down field
WC
Connor Harris Lindenwood 5-11 242 R4
super in all-star games but has physical limitations & very low level of competition
CB
Best Group in many years both depth & quality at the top
1
Marion Humphrey Alab 6-0 197 R1 M2M
2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips
2
Marshon Lattimore OhSt 6-0 193 R1 Zone
1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athlete but doesn’t change WR timing @ LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs. Hamstring issue
3
TreDavious White LSU 5-11 192 R1-2 Zone
2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help
4
Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6-1 199 R1-2 M2M
2y st Good speed, Great size & ball skills good tackler but needs to be more disciplined in coverage.
5
Fabian Moreau UCLA 6-0 206 R1-2 M2M
3Y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball but lacks ability to catch picks
WC
Gareon Conley OhSt 6-0 195 M2M or Zone
3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique
NIC
Thin group but talented
1
Budda Baker Wash 5-10 195 R1
3y st lacks height & weight Has very Fluid hips & good ball skills but needs better technique in coverage
2
Chidibe Awuzie Col 6-0 202 R2
4y st Very smooth backpeddle quick hands, athletic but plays smaller than he measures. Inj issue
3
Jourdan Lewis Mich 5-10 188 R2
2y st Hard worker very competitive, twitchy & good ball skills Small & thin A little grabby Would B R1 if taller
4
Damotae Kazee San Diego St 5-10 184 R4-5
3y st Good hands & route adjust Short & light with some stiffness in the hips
FS
Best group in years deep & top talent. FS seldom are 1st round picks.
1
Malik Hooker OhSt 6-1 206 R1
1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured
2
Desmond King Iowa 5-10 201 R2
4Y st Not great athlete but has everything else Hard worker, focused, fluid hips, anticipation, reads O plays
3
Marcus Williams Utah 6-1 202 R2-3
3Y st Created 18 TOS classic playmaker smart, tape guy & hard worker but lacks thick frame
4
Rayshawn Jenkins Miami Fl 6-1 214 R3-4
Big hitter with a nasty streak limited speed but smart
5
John Johnson Boston Col 6-1 205 R4-5
4Y st played CB & FS fluid hips, good ball skills & decent instincts. Needs better tech, & more phyical tackling
WC
Marcus Maye Florida 6-0 200 R3-4
3.5Y ST with talent but a suspension & inj history will force down his draft value
SS
Solid group but not deep
1
Jamal Adams LSU 6-0 214 R1
2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.
2
Obi Melifonwu U Conn 6-4 224 R1-2
4Y st Size, speed, atletic, hands but needs better instincts & technique help.
3
Jabrill Peppers Michigan 5-11 213 R1
2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.
4
Josh Jones NC State 6-1 220 R2
2.5Y st Excel size & speed, good hands, aggressive, good tackler, needs better instincts
5
Eddie Jackson Alab 6-0 201 R3
2y st Athletic & good instincts but not fast or big hitter Inj leg now & ACL in 14 May not have body for NFL
WC
Xavier Woods La Tech 5-11 197 R4-5
4Y st good ball skills, tracking FB, & instincts but has tight hips, & lacks atheticism
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Patrick Mahomes Aims To Shine At NFL Combine

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Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is looking forward to NFL Combine, and is aching to play for the Browns and Hue Jackson. He is the quarterback for Texas Tech and wants to show that he is just as strong as Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky to coach Hue Jackson. During Super Bowl week, Mahomes told cleveland.com said that he wants to be one of the first picks in the draft and really has his heart set on the Browns because they seem to be going in the right direction.

Mahomes is actually noted as the third or fourth best quarterback in the upcoming draft. Other top quarterbacks include DeShone Kizer and Trubisky Watson. Mahomes is looking forward to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis next week so that he can show his stuff. The Browns do have top pick, which Mahomes hope to be, and the twelfth position. Patrick Mahomes is named after his father who was a Major League pitcher. He hopes that his tenacity and work ethic will give him the edge.

Lance Zierlein commented on Mahomes’ NFL.com profile that Mahomes, who is 6 feet three inches and 215 pounds, has the ideal NFL body to work both inside and outside of the pocket. Zierlein also added that Mahomes’ accuracy has been improving since his freshman season, and he challenges defenders with confidence and increases velocity to make his passes move. Sources have told cleveland.com that two teams are considering makes trades to get Mahomes who had a strong 2016 record with 41 touchdowns, 5,052 yards, 10 interceptions and completed 66 percent of all passes.

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Tyvis Powell Heading To The Browns

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Tyvis Powell Senior Bowl

Tyvis Powell is a second year player from the Ohio State Buckeyes now in the NFL, but he will be heading back to his home state, Cleveland to play for the Browns. Powell, an undrafted free agent, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just prior to the postseason. However, being without a team was temporary because shortly after, Powell who is from Bedford, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers.

The NFL draft of 2016 had some great moments; however, Powell who is a fan favorite of Ohio State sat and waited for his name to be called as each round went by. Powell who plays safety, did not show any remorse and regrouped. He took calls from other teams in the league.

Tyvis Powell then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the Legion of Boom. In 2016, he did not get much time on the field, but as a Buckeye he was able to get some snaps on special teams. Powell played in eight games in which he gathered three special team tackles, despite being on the active roster for the season.

The Buckeye‘s fans will miss Powell who is heading to Seattle, which is his home state. He hopes to get a spot on this 53-person team.  September is a while away but Powell needs to get through the mini-camps and OTAs before he is considered for a spot on the final roster.

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