INDIANAPOLIS — Forget everything you know about last autumn’s rather milquetoast Browns outfit.
Coach Pat Shurmur wants you to know that this team, with two first-round picks at its disposal, isn’t afraid to roll the dice come draft day.
“I wouldn’t say we’re hesitant to do anything,” Shurmur said during Thursday’s NFL Scouting Combine news conference. “We’re excited about the fact that we’re going to make our team better with this draft, and I think that’s the way we approach it. We’re not hesitant at all. …
“I think we’re willing (to move up). With two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 22), we have flexibility. We can just stand pat and take two really fine players, guys that we hope would be starters for us. And then, obviously with two first-round picks, you have flexibility if you want to do something.”
It’s no confirmation that Cleveland will wheel and deal come draft day, but Shurmur has heard the rumors about chasing after Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, and the coach will not pass up the opportunity to spin the dynamic signal-caller through the car wash at this week’s combine.
Griffin remains a logical target for the Browns, but the suddenly daring Shurmur indicated that he and the boys (minus general manager Tom Heckert, who’s back in Cleveland sick) have yet to concede Andrew Luck to the No. 1-picking Colts: “Well, I don’t know how you want to say it or write that. But we’re going to talk to him.”
— Marc Sessler