Daily Dawg Tags: Browns set for the scouting combine

Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns will begin the next phase of the offseason this week with the opening of the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

Today marks the opening day of the next phase of the offseason for the Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL.

League officials, front office executives, head coaches and college players will all begin their journey toward Indianapolis for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

For the Browns, holders of 11 selections in the 2017 NFL Draft, the next week will be another big step in their quest for respectability.

Head coach Hue Jackson and the rest of the Browns decision makers will have the opportunity to view some of the nation’s top players and continue their evaluation process as they prepare to open the draft with the No. 1 overall selection.

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A year ago the Browns were debating between quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz; this year they are once again debating whether or not to select a quarterback, but this year the presence of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett adds a new dimension to the thought process.

Should Cleveland take Garrett – a potential difference maker on defense and the presumptive top pick – or will one of the quarterbacks catch their fancy this week, leading to a deeper look at Clemson’s Deshaun Watson or North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, among others?

We won’t know for sure until draft weekend, but the next few days will help the team move further along in the process.

Cleveland Browns news:

Myles Garrett film review vs. Alabama

The Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Will they take Myles Garrett? This article explores Garrett’s play versus Alabama in 2016.

Browns release veteran wide receiver Andrew Hawkins

In a bit of a surprising move that will be felt off the field more than on it, the Cleveland Browns have released veteran Andrew Hawkins.

Comparing the known and unknown options for Browns at QB

The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback options this year could be categorized into two categories based on a Family Guy clip. Which option do you like?

Balancing the pros and cons of Isaiah Crowell

One major decision the Cleveland Browns will have to make this offseason is whether or not to re-sign running back Isaiah Crowell.

Browns have no plans to franchise Terrelle Pryor (cleveland.com)

"The Browns still have no plans to franchise receiver Terrelle Pryor, a league source told cleveland.com. The deadline to do so is Wednesday at 4 p.m."

Browns should focus on quarterbacks at combine (ESPN)

"Here is a closer look at the positions the Cleveland Browns could target at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. The team’s perpetual combine examination of quarterbacks enters phase 7,192, as the Browns get a chance for a brief interview with the top candidates. They also will see workouts from those who choose to work out. The combine is only part of what should be a lengthy scouting report the Browns make on each candidate. The Browns also will have a chance to see and meet with the top defensive candidates, Jonathan Allen and Myles Garrett."

NFL news:

Alshon Jeffery reportedly won’t get franchised by Chicago (CBS Sports)

"As expected by many, the Bears reportedly do not plan to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. When CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora broke down his 10 candidates to receive the tag , Jeffery was nowhere to be found. And according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Chicago does not plan on giving Jeffery the tag."

The NFL Combine: Football’s intrusive job interview (Washington Post)

"A dozen years ago, when Jeff Foster first came to National Football Scouting, the company that runs the NFL combine, he surveyed all 32 teams. The sport’s biggest job fair has four components — an on-field workout, medical testing, player interviews and psychological testing — and Foster wanted to know what teams valued the most. “All 32 teams said medical was No. 1,” Foster explained recently. “All 32 teams said interviews were No. 2.”"

How Shanahan, Lynch took over in San Francisco (The Mercury News)

"When was the last time the 49ers’ words and actions made any sense for any length of time? That would be, of course, when Jim Harbaugh was their coach, spoke in clear, declarative sentences, won games, and didn’t care that much about the whims and worries of owner Jed York."

Impact of new deals on Pittsburgh (PFF)

"It’s been a busy day for news in Pittsburgh, with two big decisions made involving the top two playmakers on the Steelers’ roster. Firstly, it was announced that the team had placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, and then late this afternoon, news broke of a contract extension for wide receiver Antonio Brown that makes him the top-paid wide receiver in football. So, what do these two moves mean for the Steelers this offseason? Let’s take a look using Pro Football Focus’ data."