October 21, 2014

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Browns’ Eric Mangini comfortable in Mike Holmgren’s shadow

INDIANAPOLIS — Browns coach Eric Mangini is in a reduced role at this year’s scouting combine, and says he’s enjoying it.

Mangini was the de facto leader of the organization in his first season with the Browns. This year, he has two bosses — president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert — so the final say doesn’t belong to him.

“It’s changed quite a bit, and changed quite a bit for the better,” Mangini said Saturday. “There’s a huge infusion of ideas. That’s comforting. It’s also exciting to me, because you get exposed to a lot of different ways of doing things  that you haven’t thought about, angles you hadn’t looked at.”

Mangini and Heckert said they’d be open to trading up or down from the No. 7 pick, and Heckert said he wouldn’t be opposed to drafting a quarterback that high. Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford is expected to be the first quarterback taken, and likely will be gone by No. 7.

CHECK SUNDAY’S C-T FOR MORE COMBINE COVERAGE.