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Comment 30 Apr 2016

Per rotoworld, re: Higgins:

PFF ranks him as the ninth-best receiver in the 2015 pool and the No. 1 receiver outside of the Power-5.

If he's that good, then this is a steal.

I'm guessing that the Browns see Devalve as a "stretch the field" TE, not as a WR; but still, that's 4 WRs. Hopefully all of the rookie WR's make the team; should be entertaining to see how Griffin reacts when they mis-read the defense and run the wrong routes.

Comment 30 Apr 2016

When looking at scouting reports of players the Browns have drafted, common themes are "good work ethic" and "goes hard every down".

After dealing with Manziel and Gordon, it's apparent that Browns are after guys who really want to play in the NFL.

Comment 30 Apr 2016

He's not Myles Jack, but he's not a "nobody".

Per rotoworld:

He earned Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and second-team All-America as a senior. Schobert showed above-average athleticism in Indy...

Described by Mike Mayock as "not flashy" but "always around the ball," Schobert is a high-intensity, hard-hat overachiever

Hey, I'd be more likely to subject myself to 20 or 30 minutes of watching the Browns on Sundays, if they would pick some Buckeyes. But that's not important to the guys making the picks.

Comment 29 Apr 2016

What Cleveland used their picks on: Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden (Marcecic washed out and the rest are no longer with Browns)

The criticisms of the Little, Marecic, and Weeden are justified. Phil Taylor was a good player, and looked like a potential star after his rookie season. Then he got hurt, and then the Browns changed their coaching staff, who changed the defensive scheme, and Taylor no longer fit. 

But this might say something about the relative safety of choosing an outside WR vs. a defensive lineman; just about every offensive scheme can use a good outside WR, whereas most defensive lineman "fit" better in either a 4-3 or a 3-4. (I supposed that going into the draft thinking, "I'm leary about drafting this DT; what if we end up firing the coach and the new guy switches to a 3-4?" is kind of self-defeating.

Comment 29 Apr 2016

The Browns have already written off 2016; they are tanking for the 2017 #1 pick. They are trying to be competitive in 2018.

Coleman fits that plan. He's a development project (needs to learn to run routes) who won't contribute too much in 2016.

That's why I think they take Jaylon Smith with the #32. He redshirts 2016 and is ready for 2017. That's why I don't think they take Myles Jack; his knees have a limited lifespan, and even if he's rookie of the year in 2016, the Browns will be terrible anyway. Jack makes sense for a team that's in "win now" mode.

Comment 21 Apr 2016

There is probably money to be made, devising an alternative to the Wonderlic test, for evaluating football players.

For example:

1. Show the "all-22" video for about 12 plays

2. Test some abstract pattern recognition skills

3. Replay the 12 plays from #1, in random order. Play the first 1.5 seconds of each play, then quiz the test-taker on various players' assignments in the plays.

The mental aspect of football resembles poker; adjust your play as things develop, and look for the opponents' "tell" that will give you an edge. 

Comment 15 Apr 2016

Beyond the fact that I just don't like rescinding an offer without some transgression on the part of the recruit, there may be a price to be paid for this. The long-term risk, to asking a long-time commit like Sibley to grayshirt, is the potential damage to relationships with high school coaches. Use this maneuver too often, and high school coaches will start encouraging their guys to delay their commitment to OSU.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Moyer and his Dad badmouthed the program

My recollection is that Moyer's Dad felt that his kid should have been offered after his sophomore season. OSU had been in contact, and had showed interest, but they had offers out to some higher-rated kids nationally, and they wanted to see how that would pan out. The Moyers felt snubbed so they looked elsewhere.

I think this is an example of the difference, with regard to national status, between the OSU football and basketball programs. Most Ohio high school football players are willing to wait for an offer from OSU; whereas it seems a lot of Ohio high school basketball players feel that OSU should offer them as soon as they dunk twice in a single game.

Based on the recent signings and offers, it appears that Matta has recalibrated his recruiting approach, and is trying to lock up the Ohio guys, and spend less effort ending up as the #2 choice for national top-40 guys who end up at UK, Duke, Kansas, etc.