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Hue Jackson reminds fans Browns aren’t in win-now mode

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 9:34 AM

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Henry Anderson, right, forces Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer to pass during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Henry Anderson, right, forces Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer to pass during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Indianapolis.(Joseph C. Garza/The Tribune-Star via AP)

When the Browns dropped to 0-3 with a 31-28 loss to the Colts on Sunday, coach Hue Jackson was candid.

The Browns are the only team that hasn’t led a game this year. Reality: They aren’t built to win.

"That question that you just asked, that's something that you've got to talk to (Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown) about, and the executive team,” Jackson said.

Jackson dropped to 1-18 in his Browns coaching career. It’s rare in the NFL for coaches to acknowledge a team is rebuilding - unlike baseball or football - but Jackson has done so throughout his tenure.

"My job is to coach the guys that are here, with our football staff and that's what we're going to do,'' he said. "I'm sure that our executive team is scouring everywhere, looking at who could potentially help our football team. That's what they do, so I'm sure that's being done.''

Stanford remains a contender in Pac-12 with win over Arizona State; 3 things we learned

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 8:35 PM

The Stanford Cardinal remain tied atop the Pac-12 standings with Arizona following Wednesday night’s 86-77 upset win over No. 16 Arizona State.

Dorian Pickens led Stanford with 19 points, while Romello White also scored 19 for the Sun Devils.

Stanford is now 11-8 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, while Arizona State dropped to 14-4 and 2-4 respectively.

Here’s 3 things we learned from Stanford-Arizona State:

1) Stanford is looking like a true contender in the Pac-12

In a chaotic Pac-12 season, the Stanford Cardinal are quietly resting on top of the standings along with No. 14 Arizona. After a bad loss to Cal to start off league play, Stanford has rebounded with wins over UCLA, USC, Washington State, Washington and now Arizona State.

The Cardinal have been wildly inconsistent this year — a close loss to Ohio State but blowouts to the likes of Kansas, North Carolina and Florida – but seem to be settling into league play.

Stanford faces Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT, a game that suddenly is for sole possession of first place in the conference.

2) It’s almost time to panic if you’re Arizona State

Remember when the Sun Devils were undefeated heading into the start of Pac-12 play?

A 2-4 record in the conference has all but washed that memory away. Tra Holder was limited to 9 points against Stanford while the Sun Devils have lacked the same finishing ability that earned them a win at Allen Fieldhouse, the home of the Kansas Jayhawks.

The only teams sitting further down the Pac-12 ladder are Washington State and Cal. The Sun Devils get the Golden Bears on Saturday in a game that now has the makings of a must-win.

3) Dorian Pickens is entering league MVP talk

Dorian Pickens missed 11 games this season due to injury. Since his return — the start of conference action — Pickens has scored in double figures four times, including 28 against Washington State and 26 in a double-overtime victory against UCLA.

Against the Sun Devils, Pickens added 5 rebounds and 3 assists to his team-high 19 points. With Stanford surging to the top of the Pac-12 early, it’s fair to say that Pickens is now among the league’s best players.

Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri Tigers win ‘street fight’ with Tennessee

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:14 PM

Cuonzo Martin’s first game against Tennessee since he led the Vols to a 24-13 record and Sweet 16 appearance four years ago was as hard fought as expected on Wednesday night.

Missouri (13-5, 3-2 SEC) beat No. 21-ranked Tennessee 59-55 at sold-out Mizzou Arena in a defensive battle that saw both teams struggle to get off clean looks.

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“One thing we said to our guys, it will be a street fight,” Martin said on the SEC Network after the game. “They are a really good 3-point shooting team, and we wanted to take away the 3-ball.”

Tennessee’s guards struggled to score: Jordan Bone was 0-for-6 shooting , Jordan Bowden was 1-for-7, Lamonte Turner was 1-for-5 and James Daniel lll was 2-for-4 from the floor and missed a critical free throw in the closing seconds.

“We knew it would be a tough, physical game,” said Martin, who was known for his defensive brand of basketball during his tenure as the Vols’ head coach. “I like it ugly …. we did enough to win the game.”

Tennessee (12-5, 3-3) led by as many as 8 points in the first half and didn’t trail until Missouri opened the second half on a 7-0 run.

Martin said the crowd at Missouri helped get the team going.

“When you’re trying to be great program, you need tremendous crowd support,”Martin said. “We had great energy and great passion, and it was fun to be a part of it.”

The Tigers missed their first 10 shot attempts from beyond the 3-point art, but when they final did hit one with 16:08 left it gave Missouri a 34-27 lead. At the half, Missouri was 0-for-7 from three.

“I said to our guys at half, it’s a tie ball game, and we’re in a great shape, we haven’t made any threes,” Martin said. “I said I know they will eventually fall.”

Kevin Puryear led Missouri with 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/17/2018)

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 is close, with NFL Playoffs ready for conference championships on Sunday. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
27 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
28 New Orleans Saints Harold Landry Boston College LB
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Texas DT commit Keondre Coburn sets official visit with Miami

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:52 PM

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Miami’s defensive line board continues to grow, this time with the addition of perhaps the highest profile realistic target yet. Keondre Coburn, a 4-star defensive tackle committed to Texas, told DieHards on Wednesday he will take an official visit this weekend to Coral Gables, Fla.

“This weekend,” the Under Armour All-American told DieHards in a message.

Andrew Ivins of 247sports.com first reported Coburn’s interest ahead of the Jan. 4 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando.

Before suiting up for the game, which included five Miami commits, Coburn said a visit to the Miami metropolitan area was a possibility. The Hurricanes sent defensive quality control analyst Jonathan Patke in home with the defensive lineman Wednesday to line up the official visit.

Coburn is exactly the sort of defensive tackle Miami looks for in coordinator Manny Diaz’s 4-3 defense. He’s a true interior defensive lineman at 6-foot-1 and 329 pounds, which lets him create pressure with his burst and leverage. Physically, Coburn compares somewhat well to 4-star DT Nesta Silvera, who is the Hurricanes’ lone unsigned commitment. Coburn, however, is heavier and more reliable against the run, while Silvera is at his best as a pass rusher.

Coburn will still be a hard prospect for Miami to sway from his commitment to the Longhorns. The senior committed to Texas in August and took an official visit to Austin during December. Corby Meekins, Coburn’s former coach at Westfield High School in Houston, is now the Longhorns’ tight ends coach.

The Hurricanes, however, look like the only team which will get a crack at flipping Coburn. The defensive lineman doesn’t have any other official visits lined up.

Coburn is the third defensive tackle Miami has lined up for an official visit during the final weeks leading up to National Signing Day. Michael Thompson, another 4-star prospect, told SEC Country’s Alex Kirschner he’ll visit the weekend of Jan. 26 and 3-star DT Jamarcus Chatman told DieHards on Wednesday he’ll visit the weekend of Feb. 2. Silvera will also take an official visit at some point. The Hurricanes hosted 4-star DT Dennis Briggs for an official visit last weekend.

Coburn is considered the nation’s No. 8 defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings. He ranks No. 116 overall and No. 13 in Texas. Thompson is the Miami’s only defensive tackle target ranked higher. The St. Louis prospect checks in at No. 2 at the position and No. 55 overall.

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