NFL News: Matt Barkley, Ziggy Ansah and Dee Milliner to visit Cleveland

With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, the Cleveland Browns are slated to play host to several top-tier players over the coming days.

While Monday will be largely focused on the Indians and their Opening Day festivities, the Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Browns will be hosting BYU defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long for pre-draft workouts. Southern California’s Matt Barkley tweeted early Monday that he will be paying visit to Cleveland before he heads to Buffalo later in the week, two teams that have “quarterback” listed perennially as a draft-day need. Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner will arrive in Cleveland late Monday night for a workout on Tuesday. Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is reportedly set to visit Cleveland on Wednesday.

Quarterbacks who have already vistited Cleveland are West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Florida State’s EJ Manuel and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper presently lists Ansah as the second-player to be taken in the draft, closely followed by Floyd (third), Smith (fourth), Milliner (fifth), Long (30th) and Barkley (31st). Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay has the Browns selecting Ansah with the sixth-overall selection.

The Browns, owners of the sixth pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, are said to be looking largely at Milliner or a variety of pass-rushing outside linebackers with their first pick. Not owning a pick in the second round due to the selection of Josh Gordon in last year’s supplemental draft, it is widely speculated that the team would entertain trading down to acquire additional picks if it meant still acquiring a potential target later in the first round.

The Draft is scheduled to kick of on Thursday, April 25, concluding that Saturday.

[Related: Fair shots at the end of the Colt McCoy era in Cleveland]

  • BenRM

    If the Browns could nab either player I’ll be happy. I think (besides the tackles that we don’t need) they are among the few great players in this draft (+Dion Jordan).

    If the Browns can’t, I hope they can trade down. Heck, if it’s a good trade down, I’ll probably be okay with them doing it even if Milliner and Ansah are still there.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Someone throw a hood over Milliner and stash him away somewhere in the training facility with a note, “Don’t open until April 25th NFL Draft Day 2013!”

  • Natedawg86

    “Not owning a pick in the second round due to the selection of Josh Gordon in last year’s supplemental draft”
    OR
    already using the second round pick to select Josh Gordon….

  • mgbode

    “Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd”

    could you imagine the uproar if we selected a DT/DE(3-4) w/ our #6 pick?

  • mgbode

    best-case scenario:

    Milliner and one of the 3 OTs is there at #6. Multiple teams are interested in getting the last elite-tier OT. Arizona gets antsy and gives up their 2nd round pick to move up 1 spot to ensure they get him. Cleveland gets Milliner+2nd round pick.

    Also known as the reverse-Winslow.

  • Harv 21

    No, I can’t. Punxsutawney Mike would have to disappear until at least February 2014. He’d make Kokinis look like an attention seeker.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This town needs a new Sharrif! ;-)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Now this is a scenario I can dig!

  • mgbode

    word is that Kokinis was seeking attention. it was just from one particular person

    #Roger Brown’d

  • zach d

    We don’t need a tackle we need a gaurd

  • Garry_Owen

    Apart from the nasty “legal” implications of this plan, we would then have a starved, underweight (if not dead) CB sorely in need of a bath. Yuck.
    We might need to modify this approach somewhat.

  • Garry_Owen

    His point being, of course, that the presence of the tackle would be as trade bait, not as a player that we would draft.

  • zach d

    Here is what I would like to see under the circumstances that Dee Milliner is gone before #6 and if Geno Smith is gone before # 6 or he does fall to Cleveland and they are dumb enough not to draft him,
    With those circumstances i would like to see us trade down to #10 with Tennessee or #11 with San Diego as they would both love to get Chance Warmack on their roster and fill a huge need at Guard and get us a 2nd round pick. With all that said here is what i would like to see happen in the draft this year.
    RD1. Tavon Austin WR WVU- This kid is absolutely explossive in every form of the game whether its playing slot reciever or wilcdat, lining up in the backfield in running or passing situations and nextly special teams as a kick and punt returner.
    Tavon would bring in a lot of speed and agility to the passing game not to mention his dependability catching the ball unlike Greg Little. He can start from day one and with the speed that Gordon, Benjamin and Austin bring to the table every play would have the potential to be huge or go to the house.
    Plain and simple Tavon will be extremely productive and defenses will fear him.
    RD2- Johnthan Banks-CB-MISS ST
    Cleveland is in desperate need of a big corner to play play opposite of Joe Haden. Banks has great size, plays the ball well, is extremely physical as a defender and has great footwork. Some doubt he has the speed to keep up with some NFL recievers but I think he will be a great #2 Corner
    RD3-Bacarri Rambo-FS-Georgia
    Takeaways ,Ballhawk,Pass coverage.Very instinctive,Solid run-defender,Reads a quarterbacks’ eyes,Exceptional hands for a defensive back, Covers a lot of ground in pass defense,Versatile, Can execute strong and free safety responsibilities,Can play zone or man schemes, Could cover tight ends and running backs in man coverage,Good quickness,Very experienced,Should be able to play quick and athletic were some of the descriptions of Bacarri Rambo in his scouting reports. Rambo is a bit of a risk as he has had substance abuse issues but if he can stay focused and clean I think he can be a major contributor at FS for the Browns and start immediately.
    RD4 Barett Jones-OL-ALA
    This pick just makes sense as Jones has played every OL position at Bama and greatly excelled at all. He can come in and have an immediate impact at guard and helping the run game with his size and suprising agility.
    RD5 Dion Sims- TE- Mich St
    Cleveland does not seem to be committed to Jordan Cameron as a starting caliber tight end so this pick will either replace him or just add depth as it is lacking at the position.
    RD5 Tommy Bohannon- FB- Wake Forrest
    FB is an absolute must here in the draft after Morecic failed to perform and Alex Smith coverting to FB was a catastrophy. Bohannon is arguably one of the best prospect at the position in recent years. At 6’0 lbs he could benefit from a little more weight. He is an explosive lead blocker and opens running lanes well which will take a lot of hits off of Trent Richardson trying to make his own holes and plow through multiple defenders. Ultimately this pick helps move the chains, put points on the board and keep Richardson healthy and add some longevity to his career.
    RD6- Kenny Stills- WR- Oklahoma
    RD7- Micah Hyde- CB- Iowa
    As many of you may have noticed I did not mock a QB in this draft, I do not believe outside of Geno Smith , Tyler Bray, Zac Dysert and Glennon that any other Qb in this draft will not be in the NFL in five years. Cleveland fans and front office do not want a developmental QB. They want someone who has the tools to be a franchise QB day one and there are none like that in this draft other than Geno Smith. Cleveland may shock us all and take smith if he falls to smith but I believe they are waiting for next year when the QB class is a bit more solid (Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Logan Thomas, Tajh Boyd.)

  • mgbode

    thank you sir.

  • TSR3000

    I am not reading all of that. Be serious.

  • TSR3000

    If only.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ve got your 6.

  • zach d

    I apologize just woke up and didn’t read it all. Check out the mock I posted on this thread and give me some feedback

  • zach d

    I would take 3 minutes. SMH

    Zachary Dahlin

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  • Garry_Owen

    Feedback:

    (1) I can tell you put a lot of thought into it.

    (2) I quit at Round 3. Just. Too. Much.

    (3) We already have an mgbode. You’re going to have to come strong to unseat our current Adult ADHD/detail freak/Autism spectrum-questionable savant – but I commend you on the effort! Truly. Keep it up.
    (4) Up to Round 3, I have no problem with your draft (assuming the conditions that you’ve assumed, and hopefully assuming that you don’t want the Browns to draft Gino Smith) – I just don’t see them taking a WR (Austin) that high, though.

  • zach d

    I would like to see Geno in Cleveland because he fills the biggest need regardless of how everyone else thinks of him. I have watched home the last four years and know what he is capable of. Also Austin will go in the 10-15 range because of his versatile and explosive ability to make plays.

  • Garry_Owen

    I see. You’re a Mountaineer.
    Around here, that disease is called “Drafteverybuckeyeitis.” I was cured of it when the Browns drafted Robeiskie. I’m not saying you’re categorically wrong, but your blue and yellow (gold?) tinted glasses might be lying to you.

  • Harv 21

    also known as the Annual Browns Fan Pre-Draft Wet Dream. It happens to a team every two or three years. And it never, ever happens to us that we get picks and the guy we need. Instead, we trade picks to ensure Beau Bell is still available. Or have no contigency when Kyle Brady is picked at 9 and virtually trade out of that year’s draft. Or mock Houston for letting us leapfrog their pick when they run out of time and then pick Clifford Charlton while they get Lorenzo White.

    So stop this pointless dreaming. Whaddya think, it’s Opening Day? [fumbles for bottle of antidepressants]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m a master debater not planner but isn’t there a thing called intravenous fluids? I’ll leave showering duties up to you! ;-)

  • mgbode

    today is the day for OPTIMISM!

  • Garry_Owen

    Master . . . what? Oh! DEbater. Got it! Whew. I thought we were going to have to file that one under “TMI.”

  • mgbode

    it’s only questionable?

  • zach d

    Navy blue and old gold. Yes I’m a mountaineer fan and mark my words geno will have a great career as well as Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will hold his own as well. I’m not saying that because I’m a fan I’m saying it because I have seen what they can do just like a lot of other prospects in this draft. Gameday is when I’m all about my team draft day is about prospects going to the right team. Geno would fit like a glove in Norvs vertical offense.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    See this right here is why we don’t have (m)any women on here! Btw my vision is 20-20! ;-)

  • mgbode

    it’s only half the bulk. the other half is the format. you have to work on your spacing better to get others to read that much wording.

    i’ll take a peek and give a few thoughts though.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, I haven’t seen the diagnosis. A strong liklihood, for sure.

    Do you watch the show Community? I hope so. You’re like our Abed. Despite your autism – indeed, perhaps because of it – this little WFNY community of ours couldn’t operate well. You’re a prime character in the story; probably even the main character.

  • zach d

    It’s because I copied and pasted from my blog with my Droid DNA.

  • mgbode

    whew. don’t go like Sheard to the 3-4 and dropping the DE label.

  • mgbode

    ok, some thoughts:

    (1) Tennessee needs a DT much more than it needs an OG and I also would be surprised for either them or SD to give up much to trade up for a non-impact position. It “could” happen, but I would expect it’s more likely for an LT.

    (2) even 10-15 is a little early for a team like the Browns to take Tavon Austin. See other thread on him.

    (3) I view Geno as a younger Weeden. Not sure if that is good or bad but it’s his skillset.

    (4) DB’s – I like that you selected 2 DBs somewhat early in the mid-rounds. Banks is among several good CB options that might be there in round2-3. I’m not big on Rambo (on-field as well as off-field).

    (5) I would be shocked to see versatile and good Barrett Jones available in round4. That would be a steal.

    (6) Sims, Bohannon, Stills, Hyde – look, we are getting into flier territory with these picks. I have strong opinions on them (as with everything) and happen to not like any of those selections. But, honestly, it doesn’t mean all that much as we are in flier territory.

  • mgbode

    Sadly, I do not watch that show. Our household tradeoff is that my wife gets to select our sitcoms while I get to watch plenty of sports during the timeslots she watches reality television.

  • saggy

    without getting into too much detail or reasoning: NO to a 1st round WR. They’ve still got some FA options, and can find one in the later rounds.

    Please don’t draft Geno Smith. Let’s give this Weeden kid another year. The jury is still out. You just can’t keep changing things up. I must commend the Cowboys for sticking with Romo – they feel that getting a younger guy, or one with no experience in their system, will set them back on their quest to win now.

    Weeden has shown (just) enough to warrant another year. I also think Jones in the 4th round is a dream. I feel he will be gone maybe even in the late 2nd, but most likely early 3rd.

    I do like Banks, though, as a complement to Haden.

  • saggy

    “Studied all 15 of Tavon Austin’s TDs from 2012. 14 of 15 would’ve counted in a 2 hand touch league. Defenders can’t touch him! #Dynamic!” (Daniel Jeremiah)

    It’s quotes like this that make me nervous and want to puke. When a guy shreds defenders like that he is either:

    1. Reggie Bush at USC
    2. Playing against high-schoolers (or just Big 12 defenses)

  • zach d

    OK so no geno to take a risk on Weeden who is a 2nd year 30 year old qb
    and no first round wr. So let me guess we should take the risk on Weeden being great this year and. Draft a corner first round and risk that he is gonna be decent. Last years corner crop was supposed to be great and ally these teams took corners round 1 and they did sub par.