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While We’re Waiting… Hoyer, Hoya. Hoya, Hoyer.

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“As it stands now, the Browns own nine picks in next year’s draft, behind only San Francisco’s 10. Clevelanders would do well to remember the widespread praise heaped on both the 49ers and Browns divisional rivals Baltimore for their stockpiling of picks in this year’s draft. Both of those teams also happen to have played in last season’s Super Bowl. At the very least, Banner can point to these future assets as evidence of a true vision for the long-term future of the franchise.” [Joseph/iSportsWeb]

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“As a sexy, top selection, “Bigger, Advanced, Corey Brewer” doesn’t really shine. That’s a good player though…definitely a worthy starter on a contending team…the non-deluxe version played 82 games for 57 win team this year. A few years ago, Deng lead a 62-win team in minutes played. This is a type of player that helps teams win games; as discussed in my pre-draft measurement stuff, tall small forwards historically provide the best two-way impact. Given Porter’s work ethic and competitiveness, it seems reasonable that he will follow a similar trajectory.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog]

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“Brian Hoyer exerts a peculiar pull over some of my fellow analysts, who give him the “better than many starters” treatment. Hoyer was ordinary-at-best in college and has knocked around the Steelers and Cardinals inactive lists, but perhaps he absorbed pure awesomeness from Tom Brady during his period as the Patriots backup. The Jets coveted his services after the Cardinals released him in the offseason, but the Browns snatched him up. That sentence may be trying to warn us about something, but I will give my colleagues the benefit of the doubt, third stringer-wise.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth]

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“Incumbent starter Carlos Hyde returns for his senior season, fresh off a a campaign that saw him seize the starting tailback job at Ohio State and just 1,000 on the season. Finishing with 970 yards, Hyde found the end zone 16 times. Averaging 97 yards per game, Hyde went for over a 100 yards rushing in four games and scored mulitple touchdowns in six.

Projected to serve as Hyde’s chief backup is 6’3″, 230 lb. Rod Smith though 6’0″, 220 lb. sophomore Bri’onte Dunn shouldn’t be far behind. Local product Warren Ball is finally healthy, looking strong and adding to the depth and the stable only gets deeper as the Buckeyes welcome 6’0″, 198 lb. incoming freshmen Ezekiel Elliott to the mix later this summer.” [Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]

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“The site looked at the 86 rookie running backs in NFL history who had more than 200 rushing attempts in their rookie seasons and the numbers don’t reflect well on the Browns No.1 running back and third-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft:

58 true running backs rushed for more than 1,000 yards as rookies (Richardson did not). Richardson’s 3.6 yards per carry ranks him 81st out of the 86 running backs. Oakland’s Darren McFadden is only other Top 5 draft pick to average fewer than four yards per carry his rookie season. 27 of the rookie running backs that averaged less than four yards per carry never exceeded their rookie rush attempts again in their career All told, the 82 rookies had almost 18 percent of their career rushing attempts in their first year.” [Moore/Red Right 88]

  • Harv 21

    Can’t imagine another town where Hoyer as a potential third stringer would merit any attention. Call it Beau Bell Disease. Of course, if he had played for the Buckeyes there would be a large contingent demanding he be named the presumptive starter.

    Lurking ’round the corner …Battle of the kickers! Greg Little looks ready for a breakout season, again! Joe Haden, non-pro bowl future pro bowler! Think I need a No Browns June before the barrage begins anew.

  • boomhauertjs

    I’m going to chalk up Richardson’s shaky rookie numbers to injuries and an inept coaching staff.

  • mgbode

    it’s football. in May. what else is there to talk about?

    in Phoenix (whose residents don’t really care about the Cardinals as most are transplants), I saw a few articles describing how their FO made their first big mis-step by letting him go (may have been a link here?). that is for their QB3 position as well.

    and, a battle of kickers hopefully ends in someone other than Shayne Graham kicking for our beloved Browns. Please.

  • I fully concur.

  • Harv 21

    if they’re talking about Hoyer in Phoenix in May (doubtful), call it Weis-Romeo Disease, the false but persistent belief that anyone who touches the hem of the Emperor has acquired a portion of his powers.

    Ugh, you/re making me do it. Baseball!! NBA playoffs and draft!!

  • Harv 21

    agree. He approached the hole with aggression when he felt good, but like he was trying to angle his body from contact when he didn’t. I give the kid credit – he never stopped churning his legs for a little more yardage all season. He’s a warrior.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I remember how well the last time the Cleveland Browns stockpiled draft picks turned out I just hope this time it goes alot better.
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    Pass on Corey Brewer not for this team. He’d be perfect for the Spurs, Heat or Pacers though.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    While I liked the moves, complimenting the Browns on having 9 picks after they made 5 picks this year is a little silly.

    Contrast it with the Cavs, who despite trading picks last year still have 4 good picks this year and a stockpile of picks in coming years – now that’s called having a vision for the future, but without having given up much in the present.

  • mgbode

    MLB draft is upcoming too.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I’m with you on the Basketball thing. We do have a different regime than the last one…though that isn’t necessarily a ringing endorsement…as we’ve gone through quite a few of those.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    At some point in time, you have to give a little to get a little…this might be the start of us constantly trading for future (better) picks.
    I mean, imagine if our extra 3rd and 4th round picks next year suddenly become 2nd and 3rd rounders the following year. We’d still have 7 picks…and a better plan for the future anyways.
    Personally, I want to wait a few years to see how this draft shakes out anyways. I mean, the 2009 draft (particularly the 1st round) was absolutely terrible when you look at it now. We have one of the few really good players (Alex Mack). I didn’t regret the decision then…and I regret it even less now.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Again, I agree with the moves, I just think complimenting a team on having 14 picks in two years isn’t particularly worthy. The 49ers had a lot of picks this year and still has them next year… and made the Super Bowl. That’s actually impressive.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Very impressive. Getting back to your previous post about the Cavaliers and all of their draft assets…I’ll kind of be a little disappointed should Grant take Noel at #1 and not manuever around some. I expect he’ll do something with the pair of seconds and possibly #19 but I was more excited to land #1 not because of Noel but because it was another TOOL in which to possibly impact this team for years to come. I think the easy way out is to select Noel #1 and simply wait for him to recuperate then wait for him to improve. I personally think he’ll need the life of one contract to improve. You have #1, #19, #31 and #33 and a boat load of save salary space to play with and I think you could create more in the long run.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Point taken…unfortunately, we are playing from a position of weakness coming into the draft. But I do understand where you are coming from. I think the value involved in the trades is probably taken into consideration on this. Better to have a few extra 3rd and 4th rounders than to have the status quo.

    The other thing to consider…instead of saying we have 14 picks this year and next year, you could go with 16 picks the next two years. 😉

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Haha. In two years watch us do that…

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Amen all the way.

  • The_Real_Shamrock