NFL News: Browns draft board was arranged alphabetically

The draft board used by the Cleveland Browns last weekend was arranged alphabetically, writes Dan Pompei of the National Football post.

Pompei adds that this sort of organization is very unorthodox and can make it difficult to make decisions on the fly. “Front office men around the league were buzzing about the unusual board last week,” writes Pompei.

Also noteworthy is that the Browns did not allow the majority of their scouts in the draft room. While they are not the only team that locks scouts out of the process, this becomes timely given that the team recently decided to revamp it’s entire scouting department following the draft. Director of College Scouting John Spytek was fired last Wednesday, along with two pro scouts, following his unwillingness to take a reduced role with the team. He had two years remaining on his contract. Earlier in the week, Senior National Scout Pat Roberts, hired by former general manager Phil Savage, left after the Browns did not renew his contract.

This past weekend, it was reported that the Browns considered Barkevious Mingo, their selection with the sixth-overall pick, one of the four “blue chip” prospects in the draft. The organization of the team’s draft board is in contrast to the majority of the league which uses a horizontal board by position and a vertical board by grade.

[Related: One Week Removed, More Browns Draft Thoughts]


  • so there is no proof of this, and no real reason for this article…thanks

  • Garry_Owen

    The worst part about this? The Browns FO apparently thinks the letter “M” is the 6th letter in the alphabet!!!

  • mgbode

    see, we would have taken Aaron Rodgers over Alex Smith.

  • Garry_Owen

    Sure beats the former way they did it, arranging the draft board based on “dreaminess.”

  • Garry_Owen

    Or this comment. Double thanks.

  • Harv 21

    I’m no Lombardi fan, and have no idea if No Limits Banner is a good thing for this org. But stuff like this makes me fully understand why a FO would be reluctant to share anything. The draft was just as important to success 20-30 years ago but teams didn’t have to waste time and resources responding to this sort non-stop, secret-sourced “Might Be Relevant!” crap.

    We need Ferris Bueller to say, “The draft’s over … go home .. go!”

  • Porkchop

    Or Butch Davis’s strategy of arranging based on Miaminess

  • “Who has been talking about this meaningless crap?” “Front office men.” “Which men?” “TOP men.”

  • Grif_E

    Somebody on facebook just posted that KFC isn’t really chicken!!1!11

    *eye roll*

  • Garry_Owen

    Or Mangini’s, based on mangeniusness.

  • nj0

    With the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select…. Aaron Aaronson….

  • JK

    Grif.. I think you ate the bones.

  • JK

    Mangeniousness/High Motorness

  • Roosevelt

    This is a much bigger problem for teams who are going to draft people. When you have only one possible choice in the first round, nobody cares if you can find him easily on a list.

  • boomhauertjs

    If you’ve ever heard Lombardi on the Bill Simmons’ podcast, you know he’s obsessed with rating guys as “blue chips” and “red chips”. His picks are most likely to end up being “cow chips”.

  • DCdawg

    So that’s why Butch Davis took Jeremiah Pharms in the 5th…seems about right alphabetically.

  • Robbie S

    So they had player arranged alphabetically? Whats the big deal? I’m sure they only put up players they liked and wanted on their team, and maybe figured it would be easy to find the names and take them off when they were selected. I doubt that was their ‘big board’. But, just a way of organizing it.

    Basically what I’m saying is, so what? It wasn’t in order of their want of the players, they knew who they wanted and they got them.

  • mgbode

    *ahem* perhaps we are British based and use first names in our arrangement.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Paul Brown is more then 3/4 the way to China after all of the rolling over in his grave he’s done since 1999!

  • mgbode

    great. he can coach the Buckeyes when we play our overseas game.

  • Jack

    Something is “timely” or it’s not…

  • Garry_Owen

    We stopped being British-based when Lerner sold the team.
    Thank you! I’ll be here all night. Don’t forget to tip your server!

  • WC

    If that’s the best dirt that the fired scouting personnel can share… then things might not be so bad.

  • Garry_Owen

    All of this reminds me of the old Simpsons episode where Ralph Wiggum saw Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel kissing and told his dad:

    Ralph: “I saw Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel making a baby, and I saw the baby, and the baby looked at me.”

    Chief Wiggum (outraged): “It looked at you!?!?!?!”

  • mgbode

    He still owns 30%. Perhaps the draft board arrangement is part of his percentage.

  • Natedawg86

    You are assuming it was arranged according to the surname, not the given name…

  • Natedawg86

    mgbode always beats me to it

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Totally agree. This garbage is just here for people to take shots at a team’s front office.

  • Harv 21

    AAA Pass Rushers

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Do the men in the draft room have their own individual player ratings (grades)? If so, wouldn’t an alphabetical list be more efficient when they have to come together to discuss a player?

  • mgbode


  • Walkfergus

    In my fantasy football league, I always alphabetize…

  • Garry_Owen

    I assume nothing. I use “sources.”

  • I thought we were done with that limey nonsense when Lerner left

  • Also Jetness

  • As if anyone needs more ammunition

  • mgbode

    see response to Garry. he hasn’t left yet. he still owns 30% of the team and is just as involved today as he was when he owned 100%


  • thenoclist

    “You’re a fat sack of crap!”


  • Garry_Owen

    You can never have too much ammunition. Especially at today’s prices!
    Wait, you were talking about something else . . .

  • Garry_Owen

    Leave the comedy to the professionals.
    I’ll let you know when one shows up.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Sorry I’m late, there was traffic…

    You know Garry, I used to work in a fire hydrant factory… couldn’t park anywhere near it! Take my wife… please!

  • bigduke69

    Well it doesn’t surprise me one bit. Actually this is much better than I could have imagined. I thought for years the Browns brain trust had circus chimps in their NFL draft room pulling levers to pick their draft picks.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Judging by Mr. Bryant, we’d be better off with AA Pass Rushers…..

  • Thomas Wynne

    you didn’t have to TELL us they are stupid…the proof is in the picks!!!