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Browns Target Orakpo

Things are heating up on the shores of Lake Erie after a snail's start to the free agency period and a relatively quiet presence at the Combine before that.

1. The Team is still interested in signing Jets free agent linebacker David Bowens. The parties are working on coming to terms financially.

2. The Browns are intensifying their search for assistance in the secondary. Signing our own free agent safety Mike Adams gives us some reprieve but not much given that we also lost safety Sean Jones to the Eagles. Unless there are more signings of free agents at the cornerback or safety positions, it will be inevitable that the Team uses the college Draft to shore up those positions.

3. The Team has signed a two-year deal worth 5 million dollars with Jets free agent defensive end CJ Mosley. Mosley of course is known to Mangini. He has been a pro since 2005 and has played for two teams - the Vikings and the Jets. In 35 games in New York, he was not a regular starter and garnered just five sacks. This, with respect, will likely not be the pass rush contribution that our defense so desperately needs.

4. The big news is Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo. It is no secret that the Browns intend to use an early pick (probably #1) to draft a linebacker or DE. On March 18, Team officials will travel to Austin, Texas to hold a private workout with Orakpo. This surely is a sign that the Team is seriously considering the Texas senior for the Draft. Other teams interested in Orakpo are the Bills and the Broncos, among others. Brian is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 263 pounds. He can play outside linebacker as well as defensive end. Going into the Combine he was ranked #1 overall among all 206 defensive ends. He had a decent Combine but could not complete all drills because of a hamstring injury. This brings up a pervasive concern about Orakpo - his proneness to injury. In 2007, he missed 4 games with a right knee injury. His awards are plenty and his statistics impressive, for example, 11.5 sacks in 2008. But his excellent pass rush must be balanced with his injuries. We applaud the Browns for arranging the private workout with undoubtedly a star defensive player, however, we encourage Team officials to be very wary of the injuries and demand that Orakpo complete all drills and prove his stamina and endurance.

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-Clayton

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Ebenezer Ekuban (sp.) etc. Pick up linemen later unless they are the REAL DEAL. The Browns could use a legitimate number 2 running back. I think we have decent quality at the position, but someone who could run between the tackles like Jamal or a Barry Sanders type would be nice. The ability to catch the ball out of the backfield would be nice too.

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