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“The Cleveland Browns could’ve gone with the flashy pick by drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. They could’ve played it safe by taking Alabama’s Dee Milliner, the top-rated cornerback in the draft.
Instead, Cleveland made the right move in going with LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo with the No. 6 overall pick, sending a message to the rest of the league: The Browns are coming after your quarterback this season.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]
“Mingo is an athletic freak and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was quick to compare him to last year’s first-round pick Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks. “Exact same height, weight and speed,” Mayock said. “He’s an explosive presence off the edge.”
Irvin had eight sacks for Seattle last season. Hopefully the similarities continue.” [Delco/The OBR]
“There’s always concern when a college defensive end has to switch to linebacker in the pros. I asked Rob Chudzinski about that, and the Browns rookie head coach believes Mingo will make the adjustment. He said Mingo has the intellect to understand when it’s time to rush, and when he may have to cover a slot receiver or a tight end going out for a pass.
The last time the Browns made a move like this at the top of the draft, it was with Kamerion Wimbley. He became a very solid pro linebacker.” [Pluto/Cleveland.com]
“Mingo is the most explosive pass rusher in this entire draft class and he possesses immense upside. While at LSU, Mingo was forced to play in a contain role from his left defensive end position. On the rare occasion that Mingo was asked to play on the edge, he was extremely disruptive and regularly beat offensive tackles to the edge. Mingo is more stout at the point of attack in the run game than given credit for and he has the tools to greatly improve. All in all, Mingo has everything that you look for in an edge rusher and if he ever reaches his potential, he could develop into the best player from this draft class when it’s all said and done.” [Leister/DraftBrowns]
“When Byron Scott was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, I had some questions. I wasn’t shy about voicing the fact that I thought it was the wrong decision. We’ve gone over all of the reasons time and time again — Byron didn’t have enough time, the injuries were relentless, the team was so young, etc. When I looked at all of those factors, something just didn’t add up.
I had some unanswered questions.
Coach Scott is a good coach and he’s had plenty of success in the past. This team is clearly in a rebuilding phase and has pretty obviously not been built to win games over the past couple of seasons. So why would you fire a proven coach that the players like? Was it because they haven’t won enough games? Was it purely the lack of defensive progress? Without access to what was really going on behind the scenes, it looked like a poor decision. It looked like Chris Grant and Dan Gilbert were just trying to find a scapegoat and pin it all on Byron Scott. From where I stood, it appeared like the Cavs fired Byron Scott just for the sake of it. And I didn’t like that.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]
“The Buckeye receiving corps is a far cry from the “clown show” that Meyer declared they were last spring. That may have been more motivating tactic than reality, but there is no doubt Ohio State’s wideouts are a stronger unit heading into 2013.
That starts with Corey Brown. Meyer announced after spring practice that Brown was playing at an All-Big Ten level. In my opinion, he was an All-Big Ten receiver last fall. Brown was the Buckeyes’ security blanket. He was the go-to receiver on third down, particularly in the underneath to middle zone with the offensive staff moving him between the Z outside position and H slot role to ensure he was generally the primary target. Brown became better after the catch as the season progressed. The key will be continuing to improve in that regard. He also demonstrated an adept ability this spring to adjust and catch vertical routes.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]
Finally, the official list of Indians’ players at-bat music- “Some do it better than others. And with that in mind, let’s see how the 2013 Cleveland Indians did in selecting their pump-up tunes, in our much-anticipated annual “at-bat music” installment of CastroTurf.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]