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QB Search 2017: Player Profile Deshaun Watson

*This is part six of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Deshaun Watson

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Clemson

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Mid Round 1-Late Round 2

Strengths: Throws a catchable ball…can make all the necessary throws…has enough arm strength but won’t wow anyone…accuracy is solid…EXCELLENT character…great teammate…TRUE leader…average pocket presence…mobile….can be dual threat, but more of a pocket guy…confident in his abilities…hard worker…winner…comes into the draft with a lot of upside…plays it cool in the biggest moments…has incredible and unteachable intangibles…

Weaknesses: Needs to get bigger but think he has frame to add 20 pounds…ball placement is a big problem and led to many ball security (interceptions) issues even when his man won the one on one matchup…inaccurate at times…footwork needs to improve, throws high a lot…needs to work through his progressions better…stares down primary option…like many college kids has little experience under center…

Summary: Watson’s intangibles are off of the charts. He is a true leader who commands his huddle and can will his team to victory. Love his upside but there are many things he needs to work on. If he can improve his footwork and adjust to an NFL offense and being under center, he can continue winning at the next level. He will also need to add some weight. Overall, he is a coaches dream, as long as that coach wants to teach him and work with him a lot before sending him onto the field.

Up Next: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer

Previously: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

Browns Release Hawkins

The Cleveland Browns released wide receiver and fan favorite Andrew Hawkins on Monday. The move comes after the veteran reciever asked the team for his release so that he could move on and possibly get a championship before his career ends.

At 30-years-old, Hawkins served as a mentor for the young players on the Browns roster and was an all around great guy on and off of the field. Over three seasons Hawkins started 28 games and brought in 123 catches for 1424 yards and five touchdowns.

In typical Hawkins fashion, he left an extremely classy message to the fans and the organization on UNINTERRUPTED‘s twitter feed, “As of today, I am officially a former Cleveland Brown. Flew to Cleveland last week, met with the team. It was a tough call, but at the end of the day, just felt it was in the best interest of all that we move on.”

Browns head coach Hue Jackson also weighed in on the termination of Hawkins’ contract in a statement released by the team;

It’s tough to say goodbye to men like Hawk, that have done everything you’ve asked of them and gone above and beyond when it comes to leadership. Hawk was a rock for us last season.He kept our locker room together and led by example as he gave everything he had on the field.Our young players are going to be better players and better people because of the time they spent with Andrew Hawkins.

The loss of Hawkins leaves the Browns extremely young at the wide receiver position with second-year guys Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins, Jordan Payton, and Ricardo Louis as the only pass catchers currently signed to the roster as the team attempts to bring back Terrelle Pryor this offseason.

Top Five Best QB’s For the Browns Since 1999: Number Five Josh McCown

Over the next few weeks here at OrangeandBrown365.com, I will be ranking the Browns best players in a few different groups. The best place to start of course is at the most talked about position, quarterback.

Since 1999, 26 different guys have started a game under center for the orange and brown. Many of them were terrible, some were decent, some were serviceable, but none were great. That is why this list was so hard to come up with and also why there have been 26 different names to choose from.

Without further delay, the number five quarterback for the Cleveland Browns is….

Josh McCown

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McCown came to the Browns in February of 2015 after signing a three-year deal with then general manager Ray Farmer.

It was believed by many that McCown would come in and start and allow the Browns to slowly bring along 2014 first round pick Johnny Manziel. McCown was also the perfect guy to mentor the former Heisman Trophy winner. By May of 2015, McCown was named the starter.

In his first game as starter, the gritty and gutsy McCown was knocked out of the game when he dove head first into the endzone and was sent into a helicopter spin by then Jets, and now Browns, linebacker Demario Davis. He missed the next week with a concussion before returning to the lineup in week three when he threw for over 340 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. In all, McCown started eight games for the Browns in 2015. He started three more in 2016. His record in those eleven games was 1-10.

In 13 total games in the orange helmet, McCown threw for 3209 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Over two drama filled seasons with the Browns, McCown was a consummate professional. He was a stand up guy on and off of the field and had some of the highest yardage games of any quarterback the team has had since 1999. Though his record with the team will show just one win, he comes in at number five on this list for the way he played on the field and the way he handled all of the drama around the franchise. McCown is the blue-collar type of player that fans in Cleveland can relate to and love to watch play.

The Browns released him on February 7, 2017. Before doing so, head coach Hue Jackson did extend an invite to McCown to become part of the coaching staff. The 37-year-old journeyman declined and is now a free agent.

Up Next: Number 4 Kelly Holcomb

 

Browns Re-Sign Hughlett

After years of letting talent get away, the Cleveland Browns most recent front office said that they would make sure they would not let that trend continue. So far this offseason, they’ve kept their word.

After re-signing linebacker Jamie Collins, the Browns have agreed to a six-year deal with longsnapper Charlie Hughlett, that according to his agent makes him the highest paid long snapper in the NFL:

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The 6’4″, 248 pound, Hughlett is in second season with the Browns after being undrafted out of Central Florida.

If there is any indication of how good Hughlett has been as a long snapper, just ask Browns fans who he is. The fact that seven out of nine people I spoke with tonight were clueless as to who he was means he has done a very good job.

Dawg Biscuits: What Should the Browns Do with Pryor?

***Dawg Biscuits is a daily rundown of thoughts, news, and opinions on the Cleveland Browns***

  • Terrelle Pryor was the Browns best weapon in the wide receiving corps with 77 catches for 1077 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. It was his first season as a full time wide out. Now, after putting up those numbers, he is a free agent and there is a lot of pressure on the Browns to bring him back. So what should the Browns do? Guarantee a guy who had one good season $20 to $30 million over a five year deal averaged at $10-$11 million or should they play it safe and sign him to a franchise tender worth more than $15 million for one season? Hard to say at this point, but I am leaning towards the franchise tag being the best move for the long term. I will touch more on this in a full length article later this week.
  • Crazy stat on Pryor…47% of his 1077 yards came in four games…
  • Personal opinion on Pryor…he is only scratching the surface of what he can do, but will he build on the hype?
  • Pro Football Focus graded all rookie quarterbacks. Dak Prescott was number one with an 84.9 grade. Carson Wentz was number two with a 76.8 grade…and the biggest surprise…Cody Kessler was number three with a 74.2 grade.
  • Number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Jared Goff was also graded. His grade was an abysmal 39.7
  • I liked Goff the most out of all quarterbacks last season. I still think he has a tremendous skill set, especially suited for a west coast offense.
  • While we are talking quarterbacks…Jimmy Garoppolo has gone from Patriots backup to an almost legendary status. I like his skills. Still think his deep ball is below average, but I will admit I am intrigued by his skills. In my opinion, he may never be a top 12 QB, but as far as his value, it is whatever a team sees him to be, and I won’t hate Sashi if he gives up the number 12 pick. The man has earned my trust on his trades thus far…
  • Last thing on a QB…if the Bills release Tyrod Taylor, they are idiots. Plain and Simple. His contract is the 20th highest annual value for a QB and he is better than a top 20 QB in my opinion.
  • That is all for today. Just spilling some thought into the computer. Come back for more everyday here on OrangeandBrown365.com. Check me out on twitter @SomervilleCle and feel free to email us at OAB365@gmail.com

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Pat Mahomes

*This is part five of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Patrick Mahomes II

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 215 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Texas Tech

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Round 1-2

strengths:  Incredible arm talent…shows great touch…possibly the strongest arm in the draft…accuracy has gotten better from his freshman year until now…great improvisation…stays in pocket even as things break down…delivers the ball from so many angles, but always with elite velocity behind it…probably the most fun quarterback to watch in 2017 draft…shows on field swagger…has unbelievable belief in his arm…can squeeze the ball into the tightest of windows, even with strange-looking mechanics at times…always looks for the big play…athletic…has everything you want in a quarterback that is absolutely uncoachable…

Weaknesses: Tendency to trust his arm too much…holds on to the ball while looking for the big play too often…comes from an air raid offense…needs to improve anticipation…mechanics go absolutely terrible at times, but with him it is a gift and a curse…may take a few years to fully develop while making his head coach go nuts…

Summary: Mahomes is a joy to watch. He could be the biggest value at quarterback in this draft because the sky is the ceiling if everything falls into place for this talented kid. He is either going to be Jay Cutler with Johnny Manziel’s improvisation ability or he will be the next Brett Favre.

Up Next: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson

Previously: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Mitch Trubisky

*This is part four of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Mitch Trubisky

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 220 pounds

Throws: Right

School: North Carolina

NFL Team: N/A

Draft Spot or Projection: Top 15 overall

strengths:  Very accurate…throws a catchable ball…shows great anticipation…leader on the field and off…athletic and will surprise people at combine…throws with a strong base…solid mechanics…good velocity…great on short to intermediate routes, decent deep ball…goes through progressions well…looks off safety well…shows above average pocket presence, especially given minimal playing time…will only get better as he plays more…extremely coachable and smart, a true football loving gym rat.

Weaknesses: May not be as big as listed, want to see how tall he truly is at combine…velocity looks good on tape, need to see how hard he actually throws at combine. I like to see 56 mph or above from an elite QB prospect…has tendency to throw off back foot at times when rush in his face…limited playing time in college…

Summary: Trubisky looks the part of an elite quarterback prospect. The limited playing time does have me worried some, but the playing time he did have shows a quarterback with little weaknesses in his game. His ceiling might not be as high as some, but he is the safest of all of the quarterbacks in the 2017 draft and at worst will be an Andy Dalton or Alex Smith type quarterback.

Up Next: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

Previously: Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

QB Search 2017: Player Profile Tyrod Taylor

*This is part three of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.

Name: Tyrod Taylor

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 215 pounds

Throws: Right

School: Virginia Tech

Draft Spot or Projection: 6th Round 180th overall (2011)

Strenghths: Taylor is accurate…shows good anticipation…excellent movement in the pocket…keeps his eyes upfield while navigating the blitz…above average arm strength…solid velocity…a great competitor who feeds off of others doubting his abilities…believes in his abilities 110%…leader…hard worker…gym rat…extremely smart…athletic…

Weaknesses: Lacks NFL size…gets a lot of balls batted down at the line, but did improve on that during his second season as a starter…can telegraph throws at times…may believe too much in his abilities at times and will force throws…

Summary: If the Bills decide to cut Taylor because they owe him at least $27.5 million, teams will likely be all over the former Bills and Ravens quarterback. While he isn’t a top 10 guy, he is good enough to lead a team into the playoffs, but will only get as far as the talent around him will allow him.

Up Next: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

Previously: Bengals QB AJ McCarron

Dawg Biscuits: Myles Doesn’t Want to Be a Brown?

***Dawg Biscuits is a daily rundown of thoughts, news, and opinions on the Cleveland Browns.***

  • A video came out this weekend of possible number one overall pick and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett pleading with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to trade up for him. In it, Garrett tells Jones that he should trade Tony Romo and picks to the Browns so that they can take him number one overall and he can be a Cowboy. Browns fans are losing their minds about this and it is so unnecessary. Yes, Garrett would prefer to be a Cowboy and yes, he did say he didn’t want to play for a cold weather city, but in another video, posted on twitter by Fox 26 (Houston) sports director Mark Berman Garrett talks about wanting to be a Brown. There are two sides to all stories and unless he pulls an Elway or an Eli he should be the number one pick. He is a talented monster.
  • Many people have talked about how deep this edge rush class is in the 2017 NFL Draft, with as many as seven guys going in round one. That talk has brought about the argument that the Browns should take a quarterback (which is not as deep a unit) at number one. No. NO, they should not. This quarterback class is filled with questions all around. At number one, the Browns need a sure thing and Garrett, who is clearly the best edge rusher available, is the closest to a sure thing you can find.
  • While the quarterback class is weak, I am still among the few that think North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky can be a very good NFL QB. The kid has everything you want in a franchise signal caller.
  • Speaking of Trubisky, the fact that he was not a starter until 2016, as  a redshirt junior, has been brought up ad nauseam. Carson Wentz sat for years behind a guy who wasn’t an NFL prospect (Brock Jensen), let alone future starter, and how did he look last season? Pretty damn good. College coaches are paid to win games not develop NFL type signal callers. Marquise Williams, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, was a good college quarterback and an athletic freak who helped his college team win ball games. Jensen won National Championships while keeping Wentz on the bench.Just because Williams started over Trubisky does not mean Trubisky won’t be an excellent NFL quarterback. It’s just a weak take.
  • More on this, last night Ken Carman of CBS Radio tweeted out a take from North Carolina quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf…
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  • The reasons most likely are that Williams was a very good college quarterback. Some guys are great college quarterbacks, but not suited for the NFL game.
  • Last thought on Trubisky…Biggest worries with him are his true height (hope he is at least 6’2″) and his velocity (hopefully clocked over 56 mph). Outside of either of those coming up short, he will most likely remain my number one QB in this draft.
  • My current top five in this draft at QB…Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson, Kizer, Kaaya.
  • Mahomes is rising because of what he can be. He’s a mix of Favre, Cutler, and Manziel…As long as the good outshines the bad, the future can be very, very, bright.
  • After releasing Josh McCown and Tramon Williams, the Browns have more than $100 million in cap space. Even with that, don’t expect them to go crazy in free agency. They will add some pieces, but they won’t go overboard.
  • The reason they have so much cap space is because they don’t have the piece that takes up most of a teams cap, a franchise QB.
  • That’s all for today. Want to finish off before I say anything about a certain growing legend that rides the bench for the Patriots…

Browns Cut Season Ticket Prices for 2017

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The Browns hope there will be less orange seats as they cut ticket prices. GETTY IMAGES

Cleveland— In a move that is indicative of the product on the field at First Energy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns announced that they will be cutting season ticket prices in certain areas for the 2017 season.

Most sections will remain the same price, but about 40% of their season tickets will be cheaper than the previous season, including 90% of the upper deck seating areas.Tickets will range from $25-$65 per game in those areas. This is the eighth time in nine years that the team has not raised their prices and given the product on the field, the fact that they will be among the bottom two franchises as far as pricing seems very fitting.

Of course lost in the announcement that the pricing in some areas will be cheaper this season is the fact that the team will have one less home game in 2017 since they will be hosting a game in London.

Browns Bring in Lee as QB Coach

The Cleveland Browns search for a quarterback coach came to an end on Wednesday when the team hired former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee to the same position.

Lee will step in to the spot that was briefly held by tight ends coach Greg Seamon, who coached quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl , after Pep Hamilton left the team to head back to college as an offensive assistant for the Michigan Wolverines.

Before working in Buffalo, Lee also worked with Rex Ryan in New York as the Jets QB coach for two seasons. He has worked in both the NFL and the college ranks in various offensive positions during a career that has spanned nearly four decades.

The addition of Lee from Buffalo will only fuel the fire of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor coming to the shored of Lake Erie, if the team decides to release him before guaranteeing $30 million on his contract.

Browns Add Former Buckeye Powell

On Monday the Cleveland Browns announced that they have claimed Tyvis Powell off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Powell, a 6’3″ 211 pound defensive back, went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft following an outstanding career as an Ohio State Buckeye.

Powell had 11 tackles and one interception for the Seahawks in the preseason, but was mainly a special teamer during the regular season and then was cut during the playoffs. Powell, who grew up in Bedford, Ohio is known as a diehard Browns fan by those who have covered him, will now have a chance to fulfill his dream of playing for his childhood team. He will also bring much needed depth to one of the weakest spots on the Browns current roster.