The Browns have needed a good quarterback for … oh, just since they returned to Cleveland in 1999. They settled for Brock Osweiler this offseason in a stunning trade, and maybe he will be the answer for them that he wasn’t for the Texans. In the process, though, the Browns made pretty clear that they weren’t interested in Colin Kaepernick, the 29-year-old who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl all of four years ago and has put up better numbers than Osweiler almost across the board. Why did they resist the free agent? Let Joe Thomas, the Browns’ 10-year Pro Bowl left tackle and team captain, explain: Now, Thomas’ point ignores two important truths: Kaepernick has been very good as a starter in the
Mock drafts can be a bit much to handle this time of year as writers need to occupy themselves with something to write about. Readers should just think of mocks as a necessary evil for sports writers to avoid starting in on politics and religion. Since
Reggie McKenzie has owned three top 5 picks since becoming Raiders general manager. He used one on Khalil Mack in 2014, another on Amari Cooper a year later. McKenzie got a defensive player of the year and a two-time Pro Bowl receiver. Pretty nice haul. His first big draft pick came in 2013, when a 4-12 record the previous year earned the No. 3 overall selection. He turned that into the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections – the Raiders didn’t have a second-round pick, and also gave up a fifth-rounder in the deal – that garnered cornerback DJ Hayden and Menelik Watson. Both guys were beset by injury early on, setbacks that kept them from realizing potential identified during the pre-draft process.