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Should the Cleveland Browns Draft Wisconsin Running Back Melvin Gordon in Round 1?

April 27th, 2015 at 9:06 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Here's an idea: the Cleveland Browns should use the No. 19 pick in the draft on Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

Everyone has shied away from first-round running backs since the Browns traded Trent Richardson to the Colts and watched his stock drop.

However, one case does not prove a theory. If the Browns can establish a ground game with Gordon joining Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell, it could give the Browns another year to find a decent quarterback.

Also, if the Browns don't take Gordon, he could very easily go to the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens. Then the Browns would be chasing him around twice a year.

If the price to trade up for Marcus Mariota is too steep, the Browns would be wise to build its strength on the ground before taking to the air.

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2015 NFL Draft: What Will the Cleveland Browns Do with Two First-Round Picks?

April 18th, 2015 at 11:28 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns have two first-round picks again in the NFL Draft. Sometimes this works out; sometimes it doesn't.

In 1978, the Browns selected linebacker Clay Matthews and tight end Ozzie Newsome, two of the franchise's all-time greats.

In 2014, Cleveland picked cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose rookie seasons were a trainwreck.

How about this year? Since the Browns managed to go 7-9 last year, neither pick is a high one (Nos. 12 and 19).

Some CBS Sports mock drafts have the Browns taking Washington DT Danny Shelton, who would shore up Cleveland's NFL-worst rushing defense.

Offensive tackle La'El Collins of LSU is projected to go to Cleveland with the second pick. Building up a team's offensive and defensive lines is never a bad idea.

We're have to see if Cleveland takes this measured, conservative approach or shoots the moon by trading up for quarterback Marcus Mariota or a top receiver like Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker.

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Cleveland Browns Add Depth at Tight End by Signing Rob Housler

April 11th, 2015 at 10:01 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Tight end Rob Housler, a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals, has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

He will provide depth along with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray, as the trio attempt to make up for the loss of Jordan Cameron, who signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.

Housler caught 12 passes in his rookie year of 2011, when he was drafted before Cameron from Florida Atlantic University. Housler found the groove in 2012 and 2013, when he caught 45 and 39 passes, respectfully.

However, Housler fell out of favor last year in the Arizona offense and was only targeted 17 times, catching nine passes for 129 yards.

Housler wants to be "a big part" of the Cleveland offense.

"I'm confident in my ability, and I just want to be able to contribute," he said.

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Cleveland Browns Preparing for NFL Texting Penalty

March 27th, 2015 at 7:27 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns and general manager Ray Farmer are preparing for a huge penalty flag from the NFL for Farmer sending text messages to the sidelines.

"We don't want people breaking the rules," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "There are 32 clubs that are going to be operating under the same rules."

According to The Plain Dealer, the Browns and Farmer could be fined, and Farmer may face a suspension. The team could also be penalized draft picks.

The Browns seem to be bracing themselves by adding compensatory picks in the draft when their free agents are signed by other teams.

Most of the Browns' new arrivals have already been cut by their previous teams, so the Browns don't lose a draft pick in those instances.

Ultimately, the Browns aren't going to get anywhere unless they can keep their noses clean and increase the quantity and quality of their draft picks.

This will take longer than one year, so despite the Browns' 7-9 record last year, they are still in rebuilding mode.

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Cleveland Browns Host WR Dwayne Bowe and CB Tramon Willams

March 16th, 2015 at 12:20 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns have recently hosted wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerback Tramon Williams.

Bowe, 30, has recorded three 1,000-yard seasons in his eight years with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He caught 60 passes for 754 yards last year, but he did not score a touchdown and was cut last week after the Chiefs signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Cleveland has already signed Brian Hartline from the Dolphins, but the Browns still need more help replacing suspended No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon.

The 32-year-old Williams has spent his entire eight-year career with Green Bay. He intercepted three passes last year and recorded 71 tackles.

Cleveland is interested in Williams to fill the void left by Buster Skrine signing with the New York Jets. The Browns hosted San Francisco cornerback Perrish Cox last week, but he signed with the Tennessee Titans.

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