5 things to know from the 2017 NFL Combine, Day 1


INDIANAPOLIS —** Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown met with the news media Wednesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine.

Here are five things to know from a busy day at the Indiana Convention Center.

  1. The Browns will explore and evaluate all options when it comes to their bevy of draft picks, including the No. 1 overall selection. Brown said Cleveland will "listen responsibly" to offers though the plan to trade the selection is not a "design of ours." The Browns hold the first, 12th and five of the top five 65 picks in this year's NFL Draft.
  1. Brown said the Browns have had extensive conversations with Terrelle Pryor, and that re-signing the wide receiver is a priority this offseason. Cleveland declined to use the franchise tag on Pryor or any of its other free agents.

"He and I have spoken a number of times, he and Hue have spoken," he said. "We do have some meetings set up with his representatives and we'll see what happens there. We're still looking forward to working toward finding some middle ground with Terrelle to bring him back and have him as a Cleveland Brown for a long time."

Pryor, due to become an unrestricted free agent next week, led the team with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.

  1. After injuries, among other dynamics, forced the Browns to start three different quarterbacks last season, the team enters the 2017 offseason without an established, long-term answer at the position. As such, they'll look to the draft to potentially bolster a position group that includes Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.

"We will always look to add to that position. We think there are some guys in the draft that are intriguing for us," Brown said. "There could be some guys in free agency, depending on how things shake out, that can help us too."

The top prospects in this year's class include Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

  1. Speaking of quarterbacks, it's unclear what Griffin's future might be in Cleveland after a broken shoulder derailed his first season with the Browns.

"Robert's on our roster today. All the guys on our roster we expect to be back in April when the guys show back up. I'll leave it at that," Brown said when asked whether the team planned on retaining the former Offensive Rookie of the Year.

"We haven't made a decision one way or the other. The question was will we release him before the roster bonus, and that's not going to be a major decision for us one way or the other."

  1. The Browns have said they'll be "appropriately aggressive" in free agency and acquiring talent, something they made good on by re-signing Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins in January. They won't back down from that approach next week, though Brown made it clear Cleveland must build through the draft.

"We're going to look at every opportunity including free agency to upgrade our team. The lifeblood of what we need to be build is essentially have better results in the draft," he said. "It will not be exclusive to using picks to trade for players or looking at free agents we feel can add value to us. So we'll explore what opportunities are out there March 7-8-9. A lot of that gets dictated by the market."

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