Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Browns 2015 Draft & Free Agency Recap

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  1. LtJustice

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    2015 Draft & Free Agency Recap

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    The Browns made some big moves in off-season free agency, with key signings for offense, defense, and special teams. In the process, they also managed to sign away a couple of key players from division rival Cincinnati.

    LB - Vontaze Burfict - 7 years / $73.5M
    • The big signing of Free Agency for the Browns was certainly the budding young superstar, formerly of the rival Bengals. While the Browns didn't appear to be in the market for a linebacker, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to acquire a difference maker like Burfict, who has yet to even hit his prime. While it has yet to be announced where he will play in the line-up, you can bet that the defensive coaches of the Browns are happy to have that problem.
    TE - Jermaine Gresham - 5 years / $21.5M
    TE - D.C. Jefferson - 3 years / $3.85M

    • The signing of Gresham, formerly of the Bengals, gives the Browns another dynamic weapon at tight end, to line up along with Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron. The two of them, along with promising youngster Brandon Williams, could really give opposing defenses some problems in multi-TE sets. Jefferson, formerly of the Seahawks, provides the Browns with a hard nosed blocking TE, when they need to go big. The question is, will the Browns really keep 4 TEs on their roster?
    K - John Potter - 4 years / $5.5M
    • WIth the signing of the 25 year old Potter, the Browns feel like they have fortified their kicking position for many years to come. Already possessing one of the strongest legs in the league, if Potter can continue to improve his accuracy, there is nothing stopping him from becoming a fixture in this league.
    QB - Brendon Kay - 2 years / $1M
    • After testing the free agent market, the popular backup quarterback returns to Cleveland to hold the clipboard for Johnny Football, and sell some jerseys.


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    It was no secret, coming into this draft, that the browns were looking to fortify their offensive line. The Browns traded Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, prior to the start of the 2013 season, and their offensive line unit never recovered and was considered the biggest weakness on the team. The Browns front office addressed that concern in a big way, as they used all four of their picks in the first 2 rounds on big guys up front. The Browns then added some weapons for 2nd year quarterback Johnny Manziel and an intriguing prospect in the defensive backfield, later in the draft.

    Round 1 - Pick 11 - LT - Archie Massey - Auburn
    • The Browns haven't selected an offensive lineman in the top half of the first round since the selection of future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas in 2007. Archie is often most compared to a young Thomas, and the Browns feel like he has the potential to be just as good! With Thomas entrenched as the starter on the left side, it is expected that Archie will supplant incumbent starter Mitchell Schwartz, at the right tackle position, very early on.
    Round 1 - Pick 21 - C - Dulan Saunders - Pitt
    • The Browns continued their focus on the offensive line, as they were able to grab who they considered the best Center in the draft. Saunders is 300 lbs of solid muscle, and an absolute road grader in the running game. It looks like the Browns have corrected the issue they created with the Mack trade, as Saunders is expected to step in as the day 1 starter for this offense.
    Round 2 - Pick 11 - RG - Kyler Massey - Michigan State
    • When his younger brother Archie was drafted by the Browns with the 11th pick, Kyler Massey knew there was only one place he truly wanted to play. The Browns made his dream come true, when they tapped him early in the 2nd round. While younger brother got all the pre-draft press, older brother was quietly making a name for himself amongst scouts, as possibly the best guard prospect in this draft. It's believed that Kyler has a great opportunity to win the starting position at RG and he and his brother could start their careers playing side by side.
    Round 2 - Pick 27 - LG - Hugh Cameron - Oklahoma
    • The Browns finished their overhaul of the offensive line unity with the selection of Cameron, late in the 2nd round. A versatile player, who played all 5 offensive line positions in his college career, Cameron looks to be a huge asset to this unit. While he is a naturally gifted pass blocker, if cameron can improve his run blocking, he may push last year's 2nd round pick Joel Bitonio for the LG job.
    Round 3 - Pick 28 - HB - JaMichael Elmore - Michigan State
    • The Browns front office was sitting there without a 3rd round pick, preparing for their two 4th rounder selections, when they saw a surprising free fall taking place. JaMichael Elmore was considered a top 5 talent in this draft, but it appeared a disastrous 40-time at the combine was scaring teams away. The Browns saw a rejuvenated Elmore at the Michigan State Pro Day, where they were doing their homework on teammate Kyler Massey; but with their focus on the o-line, they never expected to have a real shot at selecting the dynamic running back. Early in the 3rd, the Browns started working the phone lines, trying to use their two 4ths to move up and grabe Elmore. The only team that entertained the offer was the rival Steelers, but they didn't pick until the end of the round. With no other deal materializing, the Browns eagerly watched pick by pick come off the board, with Elmore still not selected. When Pittsburgh's was on the clock, and Elmore was still on the board, the Browns didn't hesitate to pull the trigger. Elmore could very well be the steal of the draft, a bona fide superstar in the making. Often compared to a young Barry Sanders in college, Elmore is expected to do great things for the Browns.
    Round 6 - Pick 11 - WR - Dee Irvin - Louisville
    • The Browns continued to focus on offense with their first pick in the 6th round, as they grabbed the tall speedster out of Louisville. Irvin is a bit raw, but has good hands, great size, and amazing speed. Expect him to contribute on special teams and see limited looks in the offense, as he continues to learn the pro game.
    Round 6 - Pick 17 - CB - Terrell Doyle - Army
    • The only defensive player added by the Browns in this draft, this pick was as much about the person as it was about the player. Doyle, coming from Army, is a high personality guy and is a natural leader on the field. He fits the mold of the new age cornerback, at 6'2" and 195lbs, and even played some safety in college. With very good speed and coverage abilities, the coaching staff will find snaps for Doyle on the defense.
    Round 7 - Pick 11 - WR - Arron Preston - Ohio State
    • With their final pick in the draft, the Browns took a flier on the troubled but talented receiver out of Ohio State. Preston is a local kid, who the Browns have been aware of since he played for Glenville High School on the East side of Cleveland, but has a troubled past that almost left him undrafted. Preston is naturally gifted with soft hands, he never drops an open pass and knows how to drag his feet on the sideline. He is also a big body who rarely gets jammed at the line of scrimmage and has a great first step. If he can get his act together as a pro, he has a legitimate shot at being a starting receiver in this league, sooner rather than later.
     
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  2. Kasper

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    Fascinating how differnet two different users drafts could be using the same team. I went mostly all defense. Also didn't sign any big name FA's.

    I did get a replacement for Cameron in the draft though! 77 OVR Superstar TE!

    Joel Bitonio is like 85 overall for me in year two, and Schwartz has been great! Greco is also a stud (it helps these guys that I had a great season 1 so there was XP up the wazzu to hand out!)
     
  3. LtJustice

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    We did not have the advantage of a successful first season, so not a whole lot of XP to go around, and confidence in the shitter.
     
  4. Kasper

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    Plus you guys are doing the Owner baloney. :ROFLMAO:
     
  5. LtJustice

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    Not sure what that has to do with success on the field and XP....but yeah. We are.
     
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    That writing was about a million times better than Mary Kay Cabot's stories on the Browns in the PD.
     
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  7. Kasper

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    Just referring to ability to resign certain guys and what not.
     

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