2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Articles College Mock Draft NFL Draft 

2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

NFL Mock Draft – 2/24/2017 Round 1 1. Cleveland Browns DE – Myles Garrett: Texas A&M The Browns are rumored to have a grade on Garrett that supersedes any other player in the 2017 draft class by a wide margin. There’s no reason at this point to believe they are blowing smoke, although I am still of the mindset that Cleveland ultimately moves down from this spot and acquires more draft picks including another first for 2018. 2. San Francisco 49ers WR – Mike Williams: Clemson Kyle Shanahan knows all…

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Cleveland Browns – Fleecing the Fans Articles NFL 

Cleveland Browns – Fleecing the Fans

October 12, 2012. That’s the date that James Arthur Haslam III was unanimously approved by 31 NFL owners as the new majority owner of the Cleveland Browns. Since that date 3 ½ years ago, Mr. Haslam has fired three Head Coaches (Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine), three General Managers (Tom Heckert, Mike Lombardi and Ray Farmer) and also either asked or allowed three Team Presidents (Mike Holmgren, Joe Banner and Alec Scheiner) to leave the organization. Not surprisingly, his record so far as owner of the Cleveland Browns…

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NFL Moneyball Articles NFL 

NFL Moneyball

The news that the Browns hired Paul DePodesta on January 6th as Chief Strategy Officer raised more than a few eyebrows, not only in Cleveland but, around the entire league – indeed, the entire sporting world as DePodesta’s pedigree came from Major League Baseball. Adding some context to this puzzling announcement was that just three days prior, on January 3rd, Head Coach Mike Pettine was released along with General Manager Ray Farmer. In Farmer’s place would be Sashi Brown who previously held the position of General Council for the Browns…

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Cleveland Browns: Waiting for Next Year . . . Again. Articles NFL 

Cleveland Browns: Waiting for Next Year . . . Again.

The 2015 NFL regular season still has five weeks to go but the harsh reality has already set in for the fans of the 2-9 Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are mathematically still in the hunt for a Wildcard playoff berth, they would have to win out and get some help and no one in their right mind expects that to happen. Rather, the Browns are currently on target for a top 3 draft pick in 2016, perhaps even the #1 overall pick. Self-proclaimed “experts” that gather around watercoolers (do…

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NFL Draft – Race for #1 Articles NFL 

NFL Draft – Race for #1

We’re at that point in the 2015 NFL season where the chaff is being separated from the wheat. It’s only the start of week 9 and Head Coaches Joe Philbin in Miami and Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee have already been fired. Fans of under-performing teams have reconciled to themselves that they might just as well start making quilts out the scraps and have set their sights on, at least, salvaging the 2015 season with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. There are currently nine teams with only…

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Browns – At the Quarter Pole Articles NFL 

Browns – At the Quarter Pole

After four weeks, the 2015 Cleveland Browns’ season is now one quarter of the way through. When the Cleveland Browns schedule was released, even the most skeptical of fans believed the first four games of the 2015 season offered the possibility that the Browns could be no worse than 2-2 with a shot at a 3-1 record. Why the early season optimism? In 2014, the 7-9 Browns finished the season ranked 9th in Total Defense (8th in pass defense, 6th in scoring defense and dead last in the NFL in…

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Top 5 Decisions That Changed the NFL Articles NFL 

Top 5 Decisions That Changed the NFL

Quite often, when I stumble across an historical event, I wonder what would be different in the world if that event never happened. For example: In World War I, Japan was an ally of England, France and the United States. Yet during the Versailles Treaty that ended the war, the Japanese were, in essence, snubbed and failed to gain anything close to the “spoils of war”. Had they been treated as an equal partner in this treaty, would they have still gone on their imperialistic march which led to the…

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NFL Draft Diaries – The Heisman QB Crap Shoot Articles NFL 

NFL Draft Diaries – The Heisman QB Crap Shoot

The 2015 NFL Draft will have not one but two Heisman Trophy winners vying for a job with an NFL team in Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. It really isn’t that rare of an occurrence anymore as it has happened in eight prior drafts since 1950 with four of those eight since 2006 and in each of the eight occurrences, it was because one of the Heisman winners was at most a college Junior when they won the award. [Note: I elected to start with the 1950 draft as…

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NFL Draft Diaries – 1999, Let’s Make a Deal Articles NFL 

NFL Draft Diaries – 1999, Let’s Make a Deal

I would venture that even the most casual of NFL fans can recall when the New Orleans Saints traded every available pick from the 1999 draft (and then some) to the Washington Redskins in order to select Heisman Trophy winning running back Ricky Williams. For me, the images of Mike Ditka wearing fake dreadlocks and the cover of Sports Illustrated with Williams in a wedding dress are fresh in my mind still to this day. The fact that New Orleans compiled only a 3-13 record in 1999 is significant because,…

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Cleveland Browns – Dear Mr. Haslam… Articles NFL 

Cleveland Browns – Dear Mr. Haslam…

That thud you heard about 10:00 this morning was the collective hopes of Browns fans that your “new” logo was a precursor to actual change within your organization. Change that would revive this once proud franchise. Instead we got business as usual. I don’t have a clue on how much your Marketing Group spent to freshen up this logo but my eight year old Grandson could have done the same job with a brown Crayola. He stays inside the lines really well and would have done it for about 25…

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