The Mayfield Controversy, Cleveland style

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Quarterback controversy is never in short supply for Cleveland Browns fans. But this year, the selection of Baker Mayfield at #1 seems to be even more of an issue than ever.

I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat for saying this, but as fans, it’s our own fault. Too many folks simply believe whatever is told to them by the local media, don’t think or research for themselves, and just regurgitate the “Hot Take of the Day” that they heard on the radio or read on twitter.

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Hard Knocks: Are the Browns Up Next?

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

As football fans, we’ve all seen the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” or at least heard about it. An announcement should be coming soon on which team has been “volunteered” to share a behind-the-scenes look at their preseason operation. While this show definitely has it’s share of drama – player cuts, closed-door coaches in conversation – it also lightens the mood with the hilarious Rookie Talent Shows.

I have to think the Cleveland Browns, with all their woes and newly drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield, are at the top of HBO’s “Wish List” as to which team will be featured. As a reporter, I’d love to see all the things that are normally beyond my access. As a fan, I have this perception of a “Hard Knocks Curse” that make me wary of having the Browns be chosen.

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2018 NFL Draft: QBs to provide big impact for 5 teams

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Round One of the 2018 NFL Draft saw five Quarterbacks get taken: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. These men should have a huge impact on their new teams and could really shake-up their divisions.

The first four all went in the top 10 but it took a while for Jackson to find a home. In what may have been the most joyful moment of the evening for a lot of his fans, the Ravens traded back into the first round to get him at 32. Two went to the AFC North and two went to the AFC East. Both those divisions are going to see the quality of competition rise significantly in the next couple years.

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Cleveland Browns & the Fans Who Love/Hate Their Picks

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvldK8 

With a couple moves that shocked most of the fanbase, the Cleveland Browns selected Quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall and Cornerback Denzel Ward fourth.  I’ve already decided that “Barker” Mayfield will fit right in with the Dawg Pound crowd, and for a team that seemed anti-Buckeye the past few years, the addition of Ward should thrill Ohio football fans.

The rumors that Mayfield would be the top pick started a few days ago and that seemed to prove to be correct when Roger Goodell announced his name at the podium. And choosing a Buckeye is always popular. The big question will be, can two players involved in one of the most talked about college games of the year – “FlagPlantingGate”- become teammates instead of rivals?

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The 2018 NFL Draft: Cleveland’s Super Bowl

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Merry Draftmas! I don’t know about your town, but here in Cleveland, the NFL Draft Talk starts around Thanksgiving, permeates every college football game played during Bowl Season and continues through tomorrow. We over-analyze ever player, statistic, combine exercise, Wunderlick test score, and physical measurement. (Hand Size Matters!)

Next, we listen to every interview available, soak up any social media comments and proceed to dissect the character and intent of every player. We use these things to promote the guy we like and to destroy the guy we don’t. We compare them all to former players in an attempt to make our case For or Against drafting them. And we all behave as if our opinion means something. HA!

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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Must Browns Take a Quarterback at #1?

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As the 2018 edition of the NFL Combine winds down, we in Cleveland are embarking on our yearly visit to Quarterback Drama Town. While everyone agrees that the team needs to address this position NOW, the Combine numbers and game film from Saquon Barkley have opened the door to the question: Must the Cleveland Browns take a quarterback with their first pick in the draft?

The short answer: Yes. And here’s why…

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Cleveland Browns Mock Draft: QB Scenarios

Kate Arhar
OTFB Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

As usual, the sports talk is all about the NFL Draft here in Cleveland. The biggest question mark on this team is the quarterback and has been for quite a few years. With picks 1 and 4 in the first round, fans are banking on the team being able to finally settle this issue and get the franchise quarterback they’ve been calling for since, frankly, 1999.

I’ve seen Mock Drafts from the experts with no less than six different QBs being taken first overall. The reality of the situation is that it’s not simply a matter of what skills and attributes these college QBs bring to the table. It’s also incredibly important to look at the make-up of the team, the positions of need, and how all of these things are addressed during free agency.

So, with that in mind, my mock draft is simply the two first-round picks based on which Free Agent QB the Browns are able to sign.

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Cleveland Browns – Front Office Changes

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

 

Times, they are a-changin’. And so is the Cleveland Browns front office.  With so many hires these past few months, here’s the current list so you can keep track at home!

With four games remaining in the 2017-18 season, the Browns fired Sashi Brown and replaced him at General Manager with John Dorsey. The brilliance of the timing was not lost on me. First, they avoided a bidding war as the New York Giants were about to shake up their organization. Second, Dorsey was able to see for himself what was going on with the team in the locker room, at practices, during games. These are key things for a G.M. to see in order to evaluate both the talent and the coaches!

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