Drafting QB Kizer was a good First step BUT…

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 DeShone Kizer was my top QB in a very weak class.  Clearly what happened to the Notre Dame program had a lot more to do with very bad coaching, even worse recruiting, and a brain-dead staff than what Kizer did or didn’t do.  But there are a bunch of issues that the Browns will have to address.

The first issue is Kizer’s mechanics.  A combination of a very pathetic O line, the lack of a consistent run game, and a group of wide receivers that couldn’t catch a cold standing naked in a sleet storm on Lake Michigan, his mechanics went south in a hurry.  But we saw him in 2015 and he as much better.

The question is can the Browns coaching staff get him back to his 2015 throwing motion and footwork?

The personnel department did a good job fixing the O line issues (except for RT) in free agency.  That was a good move because the O line in the draft was below average.  Kizer or whoever starts for the Browns will have better protection than last year.  That should also help the running game.  But this will be as difficult a test for the coaching staff as any they have faced last year.

If the staff can fix Kizer’s mechanics and footwork, he has the physical gifts to be an above average QB in the NFL.  If not, a new staff will have a chance next year to help him.  A 1 win season gives very little cover for this staff.

My last piece of advice for the Cleveland Browns coaching staff and personnel department is this:  Win some games BEFORE the London trip or you may be unemployed when you get home.

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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The Browns personnel staff is GUTLESS!

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Memo to EVP Brown:  You and your staff are GUTLESS.  They won’t pick a QB in fear they will screw it up.  I hope you are GONE before the next NFL Draft.

Too cute for your own good.

While the 1st pick should have been a no brainer, someone in the Browns “brain trust” was leaking comments about taking a QB with that pick.  All Browns fans now know that was a bald-faced lie.  This group DOESN’T HAVE THE GUTS TO TAKE A QB!

If you think the clock doesn’t start until you take a quarterback, YOU ARE WRONG!  Thanks to your blunders and bad draft picks, we fans suffered through a 1 win season!  Watson was graded below last year QB Myles Garrett that you gave to the Eagles.  He then beat you in the 1st game of the season.

This year you not only bailed the Texans out of a HORRIBLE contract they gave to Brock Osweiler, but then you gave them their new QB in Deshaun Watson.  The Texans will make EVP Brown their MVP of the season.  The down side is the Browns will face the Texans the week before they go to London.  If they lose to another QB they passed on, don’t expect to still be the EVP on the trip home.

I have no animosity toward you and wish you the very best.  I pray it is not as the Browns EVP.

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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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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What will the Browns do in the draft

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NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, Tony Williams of Metro NY and I discussed the news of the day and the NNR Mock draft on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

My view of the world tells me past actions are a good indication of future events.  That does not bode well for Browns fans.  The Browns have had more 1st round picks than any team in NFL history over the last several years.  And for the most part, those guys are not on the roster.  That is what happens when you put a lawyer in charge of the draft.

Part of that was due to the failure of the top draft people to go to the pro days.  When you go to a player’s pro day, you get to talk to those around the player.  A perfect example was the 2014 draft.

In that draft, the Browns had 2 1st round picks.  With the 8th overall pick they selected Justin “No tackle” Gilbert.  Had they gone to his pro day, they would have heard him say “check my film” when someone asked him to catch some punts.

At #22 they selected Johnny “Wreck this league” Manziel.  Had they gone to the Texas A&M pro day, they might have found out he was a heavy drinker and decided against him.

So, I ask the question again.  What will the Browns do in the draft?  From a Browns fan since 1954, I have to guess that they will find a way to screw it up again.

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

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NNR Mock Draft 2.0

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To hear the details check out the radio show page where Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & Tony Williams of Metro New York joined me to talk about this mock.

1Cleveland BrownsQB PR CB S OT Myles GarrettDETexas A&M
 Clearly the best pass rusher in the draft. Motivated & ready to play    
2San Francisco 49ersQB G CB C OLB DESolomon ThomasDEStanford
 2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.    West coast bias? 
3Chicago BearsPR WR CB S T TEJonathan AllenDEAlabama
 John Fox will love Allen’s ability to play DE or DT.     
4Jacksonville JaguarsTE RB DT T G QB?Leonard FournetteRBLSU
 I would never take a RB in the 1st round. He is good but not 1st rounder.    
5Tennessee TitansCB WR S ILBMarshon LattimoreCBOhio State
 1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athl that does not hold at LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs.     
6New York JetsQB OLB CB DEMitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
 Takes a risk on a QB that started just 1 year. Good upside but lots of risk   Was OB Haason Reddick
7Los Angeles ChargersS LB RB WR DE G T QBMalik HookerSOhio State
 1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured     
8Carolina PanthersT DE RB CBDerek BarnettDETennessee
 3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.    
9Cincinnati BengalsT G DE OLB PR RBHaason ReddickOLBTemple
 2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength   Was DE Taco Charlton
10Buffalo BillsCB S WR TJamal AdamsSLSU
 2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.    
11New Orleans SaintsCB S OLB WRGareon ConleyCBOhio State
 3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique    
12Cleveland Browns O.J. HowardTEAlabama
 2Y starter on a team not TE friendly Solid receiver that can block well.     
13Arizona CardinalsILB WR QB DT S CBCorey DavisWRWestern Michigan
 4y starter 97c 16 Good size & spd NFL body but has avg hands.     
14Philadelphia EaglesCB WR OT ILB RB DE Reuben FosterILBAlabama
 2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy     
15Indianapolis ColtsT G DE RB CBTaco Charlton DEMichigan
 1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4    Was DT Malik McDowell
16Baltimore RavensWR OLB CB SZach CunninghamOLBVandy
 2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.    
17Washington RedskinsILB DT CB G S RB QBMalik McDowellDTMichigan St
 2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts   Was DT Caleb Brantley
18Tennessee TitansCB WR ILB CBTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU
 2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help    
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersDE DT S RB OTCharles HarrisDEMissouri
 2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.    
20Denver BroncosT G ILB DT DE Cam RobinsonT Alabama
 Pulling OT with quick feet solid vs run & pass Played LT for Bama    
21Detroit LionsTE PR OLB WR G David NjokuTEMiami
 1y starter Good athl & decent blocker but has too many drops in my opinion    
22Miami DolphinsDE OLB G CB SJabrill PeppersLB/SMichigan
 2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.    
23New York GiantsLT DT CB ILB TE QB Ryan RamczykT Wisconsin
 1 yr @ Wisc tranfer from D2 quick to 2nd level Ath & power Hip Inj may keep him out of 1st    
24Oakland RaidersMLB DT CB OLB RBJarrad DavisLB Florida
 2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer    
25Houston TexansQB T S OLBDeshaun WatsonQBClemson
 Accurate but trusts his arm too much. 76TD 32X    Was QB Mitch Trubisky
26Seattle SeahawksT G CB PR DT Kevin KingCBWashington
 2y starter with size but speed a ? SE likes tall CBS.    
27Kansas City ChiefsCB S ILB RB DT DE Dalvin CookRBFlorida St.
 Good rec 3rd down back w/speed & balance. 19TDs in 15&16 Can he stay healthy?    
28Dallas CowboysCB S DE DT TEMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
 2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips    
29Green Bay PackersPR CB S RBQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
 3y starter that lacks quick twitch. Could be CB or S.    
30Pittsburgh SteelersPR ILB OLB TE WR T.J. WattOLBWisconsin
 1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.    
31Atlanta FalconsG DE DT CB SForest LampGW Kentucky
 4Y ST @ LT Will LG due to short arms. Smart & good tech & quick feet Was G Pat Elflein    
32New Orleans SaintsCurtis SamuelRB WR Ohio State. 
 RB or WR? Athl with speed but lacks prime hight & weight Great Acc & chg spd Inj Hist 15     
      
      
Los Angeles RamsOT G CB WR   
 Minnesota VikingsOT DE DT G CB    
 New England PatriotsG OLB TE    
      
rules     
 1 Dont pass up an elite QB or PR    
 2 Don’t get cute, get your guy    
 3 Get OT a round before you think they will go.    
 4 RB is the quickest position to understand the NFL game.    
     

 

Cleveland Browns NFL Draft 2011 thru 2016

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2011 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 21 Phillip Taylor DT Baylor
Over drafted and over weight Played 4 seasons with CL out of FB. BUST!
2 37 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
was drafted as a 4/3 end but CL changed to 3/4 & he was fish out of water. Starts for NE
2 59 Greg Little WR North Carolina
was released after 3 seaons was cut by 4 other teams as well. BUST
4 102 Jordan Cameron TE USC
Played 4 seasons for CL caught 80 balls in 13 but concussions limited him. Plays for MI now
4 124 Owen Marecic RB Stanford
Played 2 yrs with CL Avg 2.0 y/att not much of a blocker either.
5 137 Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga
Played 4 seasons for CL Started 2 spent too much time picking dasies to be resigned. NJ now.
5 150 Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh
Played 1.5  seasons for CL Retired due to blood clots
7 248 Eric Hagg DB Nebraska
Too slow to be a S & too light to be LB. OUT OF FB.

2012 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 3 Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Traded in 13 to IN for a 1st round pick Failed with both teams never averaged 4y/at DOUBLE BUST.
1 22 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
St 15 games in 12, but just 10 after that with 3 teams. PR 76.0 C% 57.9 BUST
2 37 Mitchell Schwartz T California
Started 4 yrs for CL & 1 for KC.
3 87 John Hughes DT Cincinnati
played 5 yrs for CL Startg 10g picked up by TB in 16 & played 6 games CL should have kept Winn.
4 100 Travis Benjamin WR Miami (Fla.)
Played 4 s for CL catching 68 pass in 15 CL kept WR Hawkins Signed with SD & caught 48 in 16
4 120 James-Michael Johnson LB Nevada-Reno
Played half season for CL & 5 other teams BUST
5 160 Ryan Miller T Colorado
Played 1 season for CL with 0 starts. BUST
6 204 Emmanuel Acho LB Texas
Productive in Col but never played for CL. Was cut & picked up by PH Played 3 seasons there.
6 205 Billy Winn DT Boise State
Started 10 g in 12 but was reserve after that. Cut him & kept Hughes. Played for DV last year 2 starts.
7 245 Trevin Wade CB Arizona
Played just 1 year for CL then for 2 other teams WITH NG now.
7 247 Brad Smelley RB Alabama
played 2 games for CL & 2 for HO BUST
2013 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 6 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
Was too light to set the edge. Even NE couldn’t get anything out of him. CL traded him for a 5th round pick
3 68 Leon McFadden CB San Diego State
Barely a reserv, he was on 5 rosters BUST
6 175 Jamoris Slaughter SS Notre Dame
Never played with any team BUST
7 217 Armonty Bryant DE East Central (OK)
Sold marijuana to a narc but had talent. Cut in 16 after being suspended for PED. Played for DT in 16 3SAC
7 227 Garrett Gilkey G Chadron State
Cut before 13 season BUST

2014 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 8 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
Never saw a tackle he wanted to make. 0 heart Given to PT for 6th rnd pick in 18 cut by PT.
1 22 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
Head case & drunk, TOTAL BUST.
2 35 Joel Bitonio T Nevada
Good talent that has been inj last 2 years.
3 71 Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
Started in 16 Got 148 tackles for a team that was 31 vs run. Too many were 5yards down field.
3 94 Terrance West RB Towson
Played 1 year @ CL, went to TN then BA Started 13 games in 16.
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
Was cut after 2 seasons with CL Has now played for 4 teams in 3 years
fa Isaiah Crowell RB Alab St.
STARTER averaged 4.8 last yr despite no blocking on O line.

2015 – Cleveland Browns
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 12 Danny Shelton DT Washington
Finally got going after 1st year of little production
1 19 Cameron Erving T Florida State
Staff screwed him by playing 4 possions in 1st year BUST
2 51 Nate Orchard DE Utah
Played 3 games in 16 starting just 1. too light & needs more strength,  Can’t set the edge.
3 77 Duke Johnson RB Miami (Fla.)
3rd down RB with 114 c in 2 yrs. Good hands & 4.2 y/at runing.
3 96 Xavier Cooper DT Washington State
ST 2 game in 2 yrs with CL. Not much results for a 3rd round pick.
4 115 Ibraheim Campbell SAF Northwestern
Dasie picking S that has 0 ability to diagnoise plays St 9 gms in 2 years
4 123 Vince Mayle WR Washington State
WR that couldn’t catch. Never played for CL 3 teams in 2 years.
6 189 Charles Gaines CB Louisville
Never was that played 1 year for CL now on BF roster.
6 195 Malcolm Johnson TE Mississippi State
Star 5 games for CL 1 c 2y is now a RB for SE BUST
6 198 Randall Telfer TE USC
DNP in 15 but started 5 game in 16 2 catches 4y ACT
7 219 Hayes Pullard LB USC
Never played for CL Signed by JK & is currently with them.
7 241 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
Good risk on a seriously injured but very talented player.

Cleveland Draft 2016
“1-15 Corey Coleman WR
Short without any route tree background
“2-32 Emmanuel Ogbah DE
Too light for a DE in a 3/4 & not athletic enough to play OLB.
“3-65 Carl Nassib DE
Too light for a DE in a 3/4 & not athletic enough to play OLB.
“3-76 Shon Coleman OT
Great story coming back from cancer but will he get it again? Late round pick /fa on my board
“3-93 Cody Kessler QB?
Too small with a weak arm. That does not work in Cleveland.
“4-99 Joe Schobert OLB
DE in college without speed to play OB in NFL.
“4-114 Ricardo Louis WR
Size & some speed Has potential but did not show it in 16
4-129 Derrick Kindred FS
Big hitter without the body to survive in NFL.
4-138 Seth Devalve TE
WAY too high for him FA at best.
5-154 Jordan Payton WR
Good hands but no speed. PED SUSPENSION
5-168 Spencer Drango OG
Can’t trust spread O linemen to be able to block in the NFL
5-172 Rashard Higgins WR
Pro style O with decent hands. Drop the “Hollywood” moniker
5-173 Trey Caldwell S
Undersized Under achiever FA at best
7-250 Scooby Wright ILB
Love his intangibles but has physical limitations.

News Notes and Rumors Mock NFL Draft

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Mock NFL Draft

1Cleveland BrownsQB PR CB SMyles GarrettDETexas A&M
2San Francisco 49ersOLB DE T G QBSolomon ThomasDEStanford
3Chicago BearsPR CB S G T TEJonathan AllenDEAlabama
4Jacksonville JaguarsTE RB DT T GLeonard FournetteRBLSU
5Tennessee TitansCB WR ILBMarshon LattimoreCBOhio State
6New York JetsQB OLB CB deHaason ReddickOLBTemple
7Los Angeles ChargersS WR DE G T QBMalik HookerSOhio State
8Carolina PanthersT DE RB CBDerek BarnettDETennessee
9Cincinnati BengalsT G OLB PR RBTaco CharltonDEMichigan
10Buffalo BillsCB S WR TJamal AdamsSLSU
11New Orleans SaintsCB S OLB WRGareon ConleyCBOhio State
12Cleveland Browns O.J. HowardTEAlabama
13Arizona CardinalsILB QB S CBCorey DavisWRWestern Michigan
14Philadelphia EaglesILB CB RB DE Reuben FosterILBAlabama
15Indianapolis ColtsT G DE DT RBMalik McDowellDTMichigan St
16Baltimore RavensOLB WR CB SZach CunninghamOLBVandy
17Washington RedskinsILB dt S RB T Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida
18Tennessee TitansCB WR ILB CBTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersDE DT S RB OTCharles HarrisDEMissouri
20Denver BroncosT G ILB DE Cam RobinsonTAlabama
21Detroit LionsPR OLB WR G TEDavid NjokuTEMiami
22Miami DolphinsOLB G CB SJabrill PeppersLB/SMichigan
23New York GiantsLT ILB QB Ryan RamczykTWisconsin
24Oakland RaidersMLB DT CB OLBJarrad DavisLBFlorida
25Houston TexansQB T G OLBMitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
26Seattle SeahawksT G DT CB Kevin KingCBWashington
27Kansas City ChiefsILB RB DT DE CBDalvin CookRBFlorida St.
28Dallas CowboysCB S DE TEMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
29Green Bay PackersPR CB S RBQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
30Pittsburgh SteelersILB OLB WR QBT.J. WattOLBWisconsin
31Atlanta FalconsG DE DT CB SPat ElfleingOhio State
*32New Orleans Saints CL 33 &#5Deshaun WatsonQBClemson

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

 

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