2015 NFL Draft Gameplan for the Browns: Don’t trade up for Marcus Mariota

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It’s NFL draft week, Cleveland Browns fans. It’s one of the weirdest and quietest pre-draft periods I can remember. Maybe it’s the Cavaliers being back in the NBA Playoffs with LeBron James at the helm, or maybe it’s the hangover from so many tough first rounds over the past decade. Whatever it is, I don’t

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Skill Players

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We are under a week away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the course of the last few months or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. Since then, I moved my focus to individual skills in the

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends

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The 2015 NFL Draft is nearing every day with more speculation and rumors popping up each day. Over the course of the last month or two, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. I have now moved my focus to individual skills

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The Franchise Quarterback: An unconventional approach to conventional wisdom

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Today’s conventional wisdom holds that the key to success in the National Football League is finding the Holy Grail: The Franchise Quarterback. The pursuit of this goal—this Superhero and Knight in Shining Armor—is usually discussed as if everyone knows it is the most important factor in a team’s level of success, with no close second.

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Defensive Front Seven

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The 2015 NFL Draft is under two weeks away with excitement building every day. Over the course of the last month or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. So, I have moved my focus to individual skills in the draft.

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Defensive backs

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The 2015 NFL Draft is two weeks away with excitement building every day. Over the course of the last month or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. So now I set my eyes on individual skills in the draft. Each

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Uni Talk: Breaking down the Browns’ new look

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The Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms for this fall on Tuesday night. As always, I enlisted the help of WFNY co-founder Rick Grayshock to discuss uniforms. Kirk: Well Rick, we’re finally here — the Browns uniform bonanza! We’ve got nine different looks to dissect, so let’s dive right in. Starting off with an overall

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Joe Gilbert’s 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

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The 2015 NFL Draft is a deep draft with a lot of players who can make big impacts in the NFL. I have released my top five prospects at each position in the draft. Now I have compiled my big board of the top 20 prospects in the entire draft. In my big board, I

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Will the Browns bet on their ability to maximize Marcus Mariota?

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I don’t know if the Cleveland Browns should select Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, but he’s far and away my first choice of quarterbacks in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft. I get the sense that a lot of the similar sentiment surrounding Mariota that I read and hear is more of a take-down of Jameis

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Quarterbacks

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With the month of April finally here, we are just a couple more weeks till the beginning of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the last many weeks, I examined every position in the NFL Draft except for one. Today, I will look at the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. Here were my top five

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Running Backs

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We have finally reached April, meaning we are under a month from the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the last many weeks, I have been examining my top five players for each position in the 2015 NFL Draft. For today, we will take a look at the running back class. For reference, here were my top

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Wide Receivers

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We are one month away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. I have gone through most of the positions in the NFL Draft and there are just a few more positions to go. We will now begin examining the offensive skill players in the draft; starting with the talented wide receiver class.

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Can Johnny Manziel Come Back from the Celebrity Injured List?

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“Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over animation. One can either see or be seen.” — John Hoyer Updike. Cleveland Browns fans in

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Tight Ends

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The 2015 NFL Draft is just about a month away with the first round starting on April 30th. I have examined my top five players for each of the defensive positions along with the offensive line. Now we turn to the ever-evolving position of tight end. For reference, here were my top five tight ends

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On the Browns “severe” penalties and controlling irrational anger

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We don’t yet know what the Cleveland Browns’ penalties are, but this idea that they’re going to be “severe” has me bubbling with potential rage. You can’t argue with the league punishing teams for their transgressions. Whether we’re talking about artificial noise in Atlanta, deflated footballs in New England or yes, even Cleveland Browns texting, the

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Trying to be fair to Jimmy Haslam and the Browns

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The circumstances surrounding Jimmy Haslam’s ownership really make it difficult to defend him. I don’t believe I’ve been particularly unfair, but I’ve also been liberal with the criticism on these pages and on the podcast. It’s just too hard to look at all that’s gone down with the Browns since Jimmy Haslam sat with the

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Interior Offensive Linemen

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We are just over a month away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been examining my top five players at each position in the draft. Today, I continue on the offensive side of the ball by looking at the interior offensive line.

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The Browns were efficient in revamping receiving corps

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Now that we know the details of Dwayne Bowe’s contract it’s worth looking at what the Cleveland Browns have done so far to revamp a receiving corps that was in dire need of a makeover. It has needed a makeover for a long time in fact, but it seems like this year the Browns really

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On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

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There are lots of questions being asked now that we’ve heard the Browns are “front-runners” to be the featured team on this year’s rendition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Twitter and sports talk radio asked all of the following and then some… Will Hard Knocks serve as a distraction for the Browns? Will it be

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What we can learn from the Browns in Free Agency

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Since the Browns returned to Cleveland, organizational stability has been non-existent. From the Pat Shurmur’s incompetence to Mike Holmgren’s indifference to Jimmy Haslem’s alleged criminal activity, the team has rarely kept its leadership group intact from season to season. The negative effects are hard to quantify given the unknown of the potential results of keeping

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