Case Western's Dan Whalen Visits the Browns
A local boy, Case Western Reserve Quarterback Dan Whalen, worked out for Browns officials, including Quarterbacks Coach Carl Smith. The contingent did not include executives Tom Heckert or Mike Holmgren but was taped.
He threw 75 passes to five different receivers, including Ohio State alum Ray Small. According to Whalen, the workout went well and he only missed connecting on four passes. He hopes to be signed as an undrafted free agent, but if not he will go to the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders.
Odrick an Option at No. 7?
Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick visited the Browns yesterday. Odrick (6'5", 304 lbs) is apparently being considered by the Browns with the No. 7 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Speculation is that the Browns might be able to trade down and still land the big tackle, who also projects as a defensive end in the 3-4 defense.
He had 43 tackles, including 11 for a loss, with seven sacks in 2009. The Browns are looking for depth at defensive line due to the age of their starters and the recent arrest of Shaun Rogers. Personally I feel seven is too high for Odrick and unless they trade down to the mid-teens I am uncomfortable with pulling this trigger.
Colt McCoy Looks To Impress Browns' Brass
Colt McCoy arrives today in Cleveland for a much anticipated visit. A lot of moves could depend on today's visit.
Although he doesn't have ideal size, I have two words for you: Drew Brees.
I am not comparing the two from a talent based perspective, only size. If the Browns are enamored with McCoy they may abandon any thoughts of trading up for Sam Bradford to refocus on acquiring a late first-round or early second selection to select McCoy as the future leader of their new West Coast offense.
Depending on the pieces needed to obtain such a selection, this visit could impact other areas on the club by potentially depleting the Browns' stockpile of draft picks.
Browns No Longer Looking at Dez Bryant
According to SI's Peter King, the Browns have canceled an upcoming visit with Oklahoma wide receiver Dez Bryant. This comes only days after ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper had proclaimed that the Browns should select Bryant. He staunchly defended his position after many questioned it.
After living with the diva antics of former Brown Braylon Edwards I am thrilled that "Baggage Boy" Bryant has fallen off of our radar.
Santonio Holmes Dealt to Jets
Onto a piece of related NFL news regarding our most hated NFL rival. The Pittsburgh Steelers have sent wideout Santonio Holmes packing to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.
Shortly after the trade was announced, he was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's anti-drug rules for the second time. A third violation will result in a year-long suspension.
Apparently, Holmes referred to "waking and baking" (a marijuana reference) during a recent tweet. No word on whether that led to the positive test! Holmes is in the last year of his contract and has been in four legal scrapes since being drafted.
Other News and Notes
Terry Pluto is a noted columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and during his weekly podcast he went on record as saying the Browns are looking at safeties Eric Berry and Earl Thomas with the No. 7 pick. He also speculates that the Browns may try to trade down and select either Jared Odrick or Thomas and perhaps land some veteran players for depth in the secondary and defensive line.
The mere mention of Jimmy Clausen by the moderator elicited a resounding "No." He thinks that they may select a tackle relatively high, maybe in the second or third round, and then play free agent signee Tony Pashos at guard.
Stressing the need for help in the secondary, Pluto predicts at least three picks being used there and maybe the Browns even looking at the remaining free agents post-draft. He also brought up the possibility of Shelden Brown being moved to safety next season.
There are only nine days left until the opening night of the NFL draft and I just can't wait for that first draft card to be turned in and Roger Goodell to make that slow walk to the podium and say "With the first pick of the draft.............."