Report: 3 Top Draft Picks Don’t Want Browns To Draft Them

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns reportedly have a major perception problem not just locally but across the country.

Matt Miller, the Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer at Bleacher Report reports that three potential top-10 draft picks do not want to play for the Browns.

“I have now heard from three agents, all with Top 10 picks, who don’t want to play for the #Browns,” Miller Tweeted Wednesday morning.

Miller added “At least one agent said, ‘They aren’t trying to win there, with that QB, those draft picks.’

Miller joined Bull & Fox Wednesday afternoon on 92.3 The Fan to discuss his report.

“There are some people that just do not like Mike Holmgren,” Miller said to Bull and Fox. “I think Holmgren is the problem.

“There are some agents and there are some players that feel that Mike Holmgren is very hard to work with.”

The Browns, who own the fourth overall pick in the draft, have traded out of the top 10 twice in the last three years.

Eric Mangini was the first to do it when he eventually drafted Alex Mack following two trades to move down.

General manager Tom Heckert traded the No. 6 pick last year to Atlanta for the Falcons’ 2011 first round pick (No. 27), second round pick (No. 59), and fourth round pick (No. 124)in addition to their 2012 first (No. 22) and fourth round picks (23rd in round).

Heckert then traded back up to No. 21 with Kansas City to draft Phil Taylor.

Browns fans lashed out at Miller following his initial tweets and he added this response.

“#Browns fans are missing the point. A) Don’t shoot the messenger. B) Draftees not wanting to play there says a lot about free agency too.”

While Heckert’s intentions for moving down last year were completely legitimate, they say perception is reality.

That poor perception is hurting the Browns in free agency according to Miller.

“Until the ship gets righted they’re going to have trouble bringing in marquee free agents,” Miller said. “There may be free agents and draft picks who may not want to go there.”

One thing is clear, once the Browns start winning – that perception will change and Cleveland will become a destination for players again.

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  1. satchwilson says:

    Matt Miller ‏ @nfldraftscout

    I have now heard from three agents, all with Top 10 picks, who don’t want to play for the #Browns.

    Then I tweeted to him
    Satch Wilson ‏ @SatchnScooby

    @nfldraftscout We can thank Tony Grossi, Mary Kay Cabot & the rest of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters who think they are GM’s for that
    In reply to Matt Miller

    He then a few minutes later tweeted
    Matt Miller ‏ @nfldraftscout

    #Browns fans are missing the point. A) Don’t shoot the messenger. B) Draftees not wanting to play there says a lot about free agency too.

  2. satchwilson says:

    “There are some agents and there are some players that feel that Mike Holmgren is very hard to work with.”

    Satch Wilson ‏ @SatchnScooby

    @nfldraftscout Yeah,same agents! LOL Google Grossi’s war history with the Browns. Taken off the beat twice.,lost job WOIO 19 etc.Lerner etc.
    In reply to Matt Miller

    Daryl Ruiter ‏ @RuiterWrongFAN

    Things behind the scenes are MUCH improved in Berea; out in front, in the public eye, on the field & perception-wise – they have not changed

    21 Mar Daryl Ruiter Daryl Ruiter ‏ @RuiterWrongFAN

    If it was so bad why did D’Qwell Jackson stay & then break down at his presser when talking about Holmgren?
    21 Mar Daryl Ruiter Daryl Ruiter ‏ @RuiterWrongFAN

    Every #Browns player I have spoken to on & off the record loves Mike Holmgren & direction of organization

    Then I tweeted to you!
    Satch Wilson ‏ @SatchnScooby

    @RuiterWrongFAN Please forward this to Matt Miller@bleacher report
    In reply to Daryl Ruiter

    21 Mar Daryl Ruiter Daryl Ruiter ‏ @RuiterWrongFAN

    Bottom line – once the #Browns start to win – all of this nonsense goes away. It comes down to winning – that’s it!!!

    I agree with you once we start winning it all goes away. Hopefully the reporter’s bad mouthing the Browns to their sources(player agents) who the tell their clients, you don’t want to go their that organization is a mess, they don’t want to win. Now just speculating here but, is it possible that a war is going on & has been going on for yrs is one of the main reasons for the problem.
    Why else would Holmgren address the media & say” You are either for us or against us. Just don’t come to me for playoff tickets or favors.

    Now why does Mike Holmgren talk to the Seattle media?
    Because some of the Cleveland media miss quote him using things he says out of context.

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