3:31 PM EDT, Sat April 29, 2017
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2017 NFL Draft: Browns trade up, pick Houston cornerback Howard Wilson in fourth round

  The Browns traded up into the fourth round of the NFL Draft and selected Houston cornerback Howard Wilson 126th overall on Saturday. The Browns entered the final day of the draft without a fourth-round choice, but they traded two fifth-round picks (Nos. 145 and 175) to the Denver Broncos and received a fourth-round selection (No. 126) and a seventh-round selection (No. 252, the second to last choice in the draft). Then they used No. 126 on Howard. That's love right there, Howard said during a conference call. The Browns have four picks left: fifth round (No. 181), sixth (Nos. 185...
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2017 NFL Draft: Browns boost D-line by using third-round pick on Larry Ogunjobi, who impressed them at Senior Bowl

BEREA: The Browns needed to bolster their defensive line as they transition to the 4-3 base scheme of new coordinator Gregg Williams, and they addressed a need at three-technique by selecting Charlotte defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi at the beginning of the third round (No. 65 overall) on Friday night.Ogunjobi played in the Senior Bowl this past January. The Browns coached in the college all-star game and were impressed by Ogunjobi.“We were very excited about Larry,” vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry said. “He has really only been playing football since his sophomore year...
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2017 NBA playoff schedule: Cavaliers vs. Raptors

Cavaliers vs. Raptors(Best-of-seven series)Game 1 (TNT)Raptors at Cavs, Monday, 7 p.m.Game 2 (TNT)Raptors at Cavs, Wednesday, 7 p.m.Game 3 (ESPN)Cavs at Raptors, Friday, 7 p.m.Game 4 (ABC)Cavs at Raptors, May 7, 3:30 p.m.Game 5* Raptors at Cavs, TBAGame 6* Cavs at Raptors, TBAGame 7 (TNT)* Raptors at Cavs, TBA* if necessary
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2017 NFL Draft: Browns surprised QB DeShone Kizer fell to them at No. 52, Hue Jackson says ‘he has the characteristics that we’re looking for’

2017 NFL Draft: Browns surprised QB DeShone Kizer fell to them at No. 52, Hue Jackson says ‘he has the characteristics that we’re looking for’

BEREA: The Browns used the NFL Draft to invest in a quarterback from Ohio after all.The franchise turned to Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer with the hope the Toledo native will become its quarterback of the future, selecting him in the second round (No. 52 overall) on Friday night.“He has the measurables,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He’s a big, physical quarterback who can make all the throws that I think anybody needs to make in the National Football League. He’s intelligent. So he has the characteristics that we’re looking for.”Kizer became the fourth quarterback drafted...
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2017 NFL Draft: Browns draft Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in second round (No. 52 overall)

The Browns picked Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second round (No. 52 overall) of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Kizer, 6-foot-4¼ and 233 pounds, became the fourth quarterback drafted this year and the first in the second round. North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2, Chicago Bears), Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes (No. 10, Kansas City Chiefs) and Clemson's Deshaun Watson (No. 12, Houston Texans after trade with Browns) were selected in the first round Thursday night. Kizer went 8-3 in 2015, his first season as the starter. He completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,880...
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OSU rivalry, diluted urine sample in the past, Jabrill Peppers plans to reward Browns for show of faith

OSU rivalry, diluted urine sample in the past, Jabrill Peppers plans to reward Browns for show of faith

BEREA: Defensive back Jabrill Peppers, drafted by the Browns with the 25th choice of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, is ready to leave the arguments associated with college rivalries behind.If this were a rivalry at a Division III football level, no one would bat an eye. But Peppers went to “that school up North,” Ohio State’s archrival Michigan.That rivalry burns bright among area football fans, but with a simple statement, Peppers is ready to move on.“I’m not really worried about the Buckeyes. I’m happy to be a member of the Cleveland Browns organization,” he...
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Browns notebook: David Njoku must deliver after team cuts former Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge: ‘It’ll be all right’

Browns notebook: David Njoku must deliver after team cuts former Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge: ‘It’ll be all right’

BEREA: David Njoku is only 20 years old, but the Browns have made it clear they’ll lean on him and other young players to handle the tight end position.After trading up to select Njoku 29th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Browns cut former Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge on Friday.“I’m going to do the same thing I would do even if he was here,” Njoku said Friday during an introductory news conference. “That’s just compete, just work really hard, and it’ll be all right.”Njoku compiled 64 catches for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns in two...
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2017 NFL Draft: Myles Garrett flashes fascinating personality, doesn’t shy away from lofty goals in introductory news conference: ‘It’s time to win’

2017 NFL Draft: Myles Garrett flashes fascinating personality, doesn’t shy away from lofty goals in introductory news conference: ‘It’s time to win’

BEREA: Myles Garrett loves dinosaurs, poetry, old-school music and art, but the No. 1 overall pick whom ESPN the Magazine labeled “the most interesting man in the draft” is determined to make sacking quarterbacks his main hobby as a cornerstone of the Browns.Garrett flashed his fascinating personality and didn’t shy away from his lofty goals Friday during his introductory news conference at team headquarters.“I’m not ashamed of the things I like and the things I like to do in my off time, and I’m glad to let you all know that I have other hobbies, other interests that keep me...
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Cavaliers report: LeBron James’ mentality of relishing road adversity could provide edge in Raptors series

INDEPENDENCE: When Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was told that LeBron James had said minutes before that he loves playing on the road in the postseason, Lue almost sounded relieved.Lue knows how well the Cavs perform at Quicken Loans Arena, where this season they went 31-10, tied for the second-best record in the NBA.But there is something about the catcalls, the signs, the us-against-the-world mentality of being away from those friendly confines that James relishes. As the defending champion Cavs open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors Monday night at home, James’...
Apr 28, 2017
Browns will cut Gary Barnidge after drafting fellow tight end David Njoku in first round

Browns will cut Gary Barnidge after drafting fellow tight end David Njoku in first round

After trading up to select Miami tight end David Njoku 29th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Browns will cut veteran tight end Gary Barnidge, a league source confirmed Friday. Barnidge bid farewell to Cleveland on Twitter after being informed about the surprise move. I want to thank the Cleveland Browns for giving me my opportunity and looking forward to seeing the change, Barnidge tweeted. Time for the next step. Barnidge, 31, spent the past four seasons with the Browns and had a breakout year in 2015, when he caught 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine...
Apr 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: After quarterback-free first round, Browns exec Sashi Brown says he may trade for veteran QB

BEREA: The Browns became the first team to pick three players in the opening round of the NFL Draft since 2013, but none of those prospects is a quarterback.They selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers at No. 25 and Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29. But the franchise that has started 26 quarterbacks since 1999 had a QB-free first round for the third consecutive year and the second time during this regime’s tenure.Yet it also may have further set itself up to trade for a veteran at the sport’s most important position by...
Apr 27, 2017

NFL Draft information

Draft detailsWhere: PhiladelphiaWhen: Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. Friday; rounds 4-7: noon SaturdayTV: ESPN, ESPN2, NFL NetworkBrowns’ picks: Second round (Nos. 33 and 52); third (No. 65); fourth (No. 108); fifth (Nos. 145, 175 and 181); sixth (Nos. 185 and 188).
Apr 27, 2017

Browns notebook: Myles Garrett plans to use Warren Sapp’s criticism as additional motivation

BEREA: Almost every NFL Draft analyst of note in recent weeks said the Browns’ selection with the No. 1 overall choice Thursday night came down to three words.Draft Myles Garrett. Warren Sapp, a former standout defensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders who earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl and was selected All-Pro four times, stated otherwise in rather vivid terms recently.“I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp said. “I see the splash plays. Everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn...
Apr 27, 2017
2017 NFL Draft: Browns pick Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall

2017 NFL Draft: Browns pick Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall

Berea: Amid some speculation about the Browns possibly stunning the NFL at the start of the draft, they instead did what most people in league circles have long expected, selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first overall Thursday night.Garrett became the fourth player the Browns have picked at No. 1 and the most recent since they chose defensive end Courtney Brown in 2000.“He’s a tremendous football player,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said on NFL Network shortly before the draft began. “He embodies everything that we look for in a Cleveland Brown.”Things will get really...
Apr 27, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: Browns draft pick bios

Myles GarrettFirst round, No. 1 overallDE, Texas A&M, 6-4½, 272 poundsDane Brugler NFL Draft Guide summary: A three-year starter at Texas A&M, Garrett lined up primarily as the right defensive end in the Aggies’ four-man front and finished his career ranked seventh all-time in the SEC in sacks with 32.5, the second-most in the FBS over that span. He has the impressive ability to beat blockers with his athletic gifts while also tracking the football with backfield vision. Although he has room to improve the efficiency of his rush attack, Garrett keeps his hips and feet in sync and screams...