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Browns may use its early picks to trade up in draft, coach says/PD

February 24, 2012 02:25AM
Browns may use its early picks to trade up in draft, coach says

BY JIM THOMAS jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 | Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS • Not that Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur was ever known for having loose lips, but the former Rams offensive coordinator said Thursday that it's too early to tell if the Browns will trade up in the draft.

"Interesting, everybody (in the media) at this point is in the prediction phase and we're in the information-gathering phase," Shurmur said.

Even so, with the No. 4 and No. 22 overall picks in the draft, Shurmur said the Browns are willing to move around on draft day in terms of a possible trade.

"Yeah, we're willing," he said. "With two first-round picks we have flexibility. We can just stand pat and take two really fine players, guys that we would hope to be starters for us. (But) having two first-round picks, you have flexibility if you want to do something."

Falling into the "doing something" category would be trading up to the No. 2 spot in the draft with the Rams in order to grab Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Browns are interviewing Griffin as well as Stanford's Andrew Luck, even though indications are that Indianapolis will take Luck with the No. 1 overall pick.

Finnegan at CB?

With Ron Bartell coming off a neck injury and Bradley Fletcher rehabbing from knee surgery, the Rams could be in the market for help at cornerback. And given coach Jeff Fisher's past association with Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan in Tennessee, it's easy enough to connect the dots. But if Finnegan, who's scheduled for unrestricted free agency, ends up in St. Louis the price could be steep. Indications are that Finnegan and the Titans are far apart in contract talks.

"You just keep working at it and hope something breaks," Tennessee general manager Ruston Webster said. "You work hard at it and then see what happens."

Asked if he expects Finnegan to be on the Titans' roster next season, Webster said: "Right now, we're working through all of that, with not only Cortland but several of our other guys. At this point, I expect them to all be on the roster next year, but we're still working through all of that."

Shurmur and Cromwell

One of the first Rams assistants from the Steve Spagnuolo regime to find work with another team was wide receivers coach Nolan Cromwell. He has reunited with Shurmur in Cleveland as the Browns' senior offensive assistant.

"His expertise is working with receivers, so he'll work with (wide receiver coach) Mike Wilson," Shurmur said. "I just think he's a fine person, fine teacher, and I think he's going to add a lot to our staff."

Combine bits

Even though he attempted only nine field goals last season, making eight, place-kicker Derek Dimke is among four University of Illinois players attending the combine. The others are offensive tackle Jeffrey Allen, wide receiver Alfred Jenkins, and defensive end Mercilus Whitney.

Tampa Bay has hired Bryan Cox of East St. Louis High and Western Illinois University to its coaching staff as a "front seven" coach on defense. Cox was a three-time NFL Pro Bowler as a player.

Dennard Wilson, a pro scout with the Chicago Bears, could be coming to St. Louis as a defensive assistant coach.

  Kalil is hard for Rams to ignore at NFL scouting combine/PD

RamBill428February 24, 2012 02:18AM

  Browns may use its early picks to trade up in draft, coach says/PD

RamBill225February 24, 2012 02:25AM

  Its amazing on how so many on this board don't want Kalil but....

GreatRamNTheSky140February 24, 2012 08:43AM

  Re: Its amazing on how so many on this board don't want Kalil but....

dodgerram162February 24, 2012 08:45AM

  Maybe, but I think he's pretty good

GreatRamNTheSky113February 24, 2012 08:55AM

  Rams have plenty of needs

BlackSheep101February 24, 2012 09:54AM

  every Mock I have seen has Kalil top 5 pick

ferragamo7983February 24, 2012 01:28PM

  so was Jason Smith!

SunTzu_vs_Camus76February 24, 2012 02:02PM

  Re: so was Jason Smith!

Ramican87February 24, 2012 04:03PM

  not really his ranking was varied and mostly on potential

ferragamo7961February 24, 2012 10:00PM


Flipper336116February 24, 2012 02:32PM

  I hear ya....I just wouldn't take any OTs Top 10 this draft...

SunTzu_vs_Camus77February 24, 2012 07:48PM

  Re: Fisher mentioned developing OL in later rounds today

NJRAM60February 24, 2012 07:56PM

  The full quote

Bucky65February 24, 2012 08:00PM

  agreed, nm!

SunTzu_vs_Camus43February 24, 2012 08:02PM

  My problem with Reiff

Deadpool95February 24, 2012 08:05PM

  Kalil 30, Reiff 23, Adams 19, Martin DNP

Bucky85February 24, 2012 08:06PM

  Re: 23 is ok at best and 19 is pretty bad

NJRAM71February 24, 2012 08:10PM

  thanks Bucky

Deadpool65February 24, 2012 08:17PM

  Didn't hear that: also Decastro at 34 nm

Bucky62February 24, 2012 08:23PM

  The whole list from Walter Football

Bucky97February 24, 2012 08:25PM

  TE;s: Charles 35, Allen 27, Fleener 27, Green 16

Bucky71February 24, 2012 08:48PM

  Any chance a TE gets drafted in round 1?

Bucky55February 24, 2012 09:44PM

  Only 18 Reps for Konz @314lbs

PaulButcher5968February 24, 2012 09:20PM

  Another worker

Flipper33662February 24, 2012 11:08PM

  yeah, I can see why you liked this kid all along...

SunTzu_vs_Camus51February 25, 2012 10:29AM


SunTzu_vs_Camus66February 24, 2012 08:11PM

  You can tell Kalil put the time in

Flipper33658February 24, 2012 10:24PM

  Yeah, Kahlil looks lanky though so I was surprised at his bench....

SunTzu_vs_Camus66February 25, 2012 10:28AM

  @Sun- Fair enough

Flipper33657February 24, 2012 09:39PM

  I'm very surprised to see Olineman with bench reps in the teens

Flipper33686February 24, 2012 10:07PM

  I think I could get 225 up 6 times in college

ferragamo7965February 24, 2012 10:12PM

  I bench 250, 255.

guinnessram83February 24, 2012 10:15PM

  I weigh 105 pounds less than Cordy Glenn and I tied him...

Flipper336107February 24, 2012 10:30PM

  Re: I weigh 105 pounds less than Cordy Glenn and I tied him...

Sledrock87February 24, 2012 10:34PM


Flipper33645February 24, 2012 10:41PM

  you can bench 225 31 times?

ferragamo7981February 25, 2012 01:02PM

  Re: Agree it is awful

NJRAM56February 25, 2012 11:23AM

  @SunTzu- Not sure about your question

Flipper33656February 25, 2012 03:58PM

  @Ferragamo- Strength and conditioning coach would actually be my dream job

Flipper33676February 25, 2012 04:13PM

  Re: I don't think Rock will be a problem.....

laram57February 25, 2012 09:17PM

  Once a rat, always a rat

Flipper33641February 26, 2012 01:22AM

  Re: I don't put much stock in the bench press....

laram72February 25, 2012 08:33PM

  So there is no pressing on a horizontal plane in football?

Flipper33663February 26, 2012 01:17AM