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Manziel or Clowney for No. 1 pick?
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released mock drafts (both Insider) on Thursday. From the look of things, there is still quite a bit of fluidity on many boards. Kiper says Johnny Manziel will go No. 1 overall to his home-state Houston Texans, and Jadeveon Clowney joining the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. McShay? He sees Clowney heading to Texas and Manziel dropping to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
The two experts couldn't agree on the landing spots for the other top three QBs, either: Blake Bortles (fourth to the Cleveland Browns according to McShay, eighth to the Minnesota Vikings per Kiper) and Teddy Bridgewater (McShay says third to Jacksonville, Kiper fourth to Cleveland). In fact, they agree on only one of the top five picks: No. 2, where the St. Louis Rams will (likely) stick with Sam Bradford at quarterback and choose Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. What do you think should happen? What will Houston do at No. 1?
Browns finally pick head coach
The circumstances surrounding the Cleveland Browns' head-coaching vacancy -- they dismissed Rob Chudzinski after just one injury-riddled, 4-12 season -- weren't without controversy. How they filled it, too, drew negative attention, as the franchise was the last to hire its sideline boss. But on Thursday they did it, tabbing Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as the next head coach. Even this, though, is no automatic home run; Pettine was not on their original list of candidates, but emerged as the leader after numerous other choices either took other jobs or dropped out altogether. Can Pettine thrive? Will the franchise prove it knew what it was doing all along?
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Browns' coaching search
The Browns are the only team in the NFL without a head coach, and it looks like they'll remain that way for quite some time. Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has withdrawn from consideration for the job, saying he wanted to concentrate on Denver's appearance in the Super Bowl. Left unsaid was the fact that the Browns' coaching position doesn't seem to be all that desirable these days. The team lacks talent and an identity and recently fired Rob Chudzinski after only a year on the job. Things can turn around quickly in the NFL, but the Browns may be the exception to that rule.
Should Browns fans be patient?
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has written to season-ticket holders to ask for their patience as the team -- which fired Rob Chudzinski after one season -- searches for a new head coach. The Browns, one of four teams that have never made it to a Super Bowl, have not reached the playoffs since 2002 and have had five head coaches in the past 10 years. Perhaps taking some time with this latest search isn't such a bad idea?