July 23, 2016

Partly sunny

Browns: Notes from combine news conferences of GM Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur

INDIANAPOLIS – Browns general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur stepped behind the main podium today at the NFL scouting combine to field questions from the national media.

Heckert received a number of questions about defensive linemen, as the Browns are a strong candidate to take one with the sixth pick in the draft.

Here are the highlights:

** Heckert said veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown won’t make the switch to safety “in the near-future.” Some think Brown is slowing down, but Heckert called him one of the team’s two “good cornerbacks” on Friday. Joe Haden is the other.

** Heckert said the Browns would take defensive ends considered undersized if they were athletic and could rush the passer.

** Heckert was enthusiastic about receiver Brian Robiskie, who’s struggled to make an impact in his two seasons. “He has a bright future,” adding he’s a good fit for the West Coast offense being installed by Shurmur.

** Heckert on North Carolina end Robert Quinn, who was suspended for the 2010 season. “I don’t know if it’s a risk. Some people probably will have him as the best defensive end.”

** Heckert on Clemson defensive tackle Da’Quan Bowers. “He’s a super-productive guy. He’s a big guy who can run.”

** Shurmur said players with just one good year in college can be a concern. “You have to find out why.”

** Shurmur wouldn’t give his opinion on the crop of defensive linemen. “I’ll withhold judgment for now.”

** Shurmur said he liked what he found when he arrived in Cleveland. “I was impressed with the foundation. I was very impressed with how hard the guys played throughout the season. I was very impressed by some of the players that are still there. I feel good as we move forward that we’re going to add players to our roster who are going to make us better.”