Meadville Tribune


April 25, 2013

COMMENTARY: Draft short on stars but heavy on talent


MEADVILLE — 6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Browns have just two winning seasons (2002 and 2007) since returning to the NFL in 1999. In fact, the last 224 games played by the franchise have produced just 73 wins. Then factor in this — in the team’s 63 seasons, it has made 24 playoff appearances and posted an 11-20 mark in those. Not a great track record despite four NFL Championships in 1950, ’54, ’55 and ’64. There is hope, however. The last few drafts have given Cleveland an infusion of talent it has lacked for most of the last 14 years. And since the team addressed offense last year, I think it will look to add more to the defense this time around. That leads me to Dee Milliner, who could team with Joe Haden to create the best cover duo in the NFL.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The Cardinals can not win if they continue to allow a sack every 11.7 drop backs as they did last season. That stat spells trouble on the O-Line and Johnson could be a quick fix to many of those ills.

8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The Bills’ offensive line is about as good as it gets except for the loss of guard Andy Levitre to free agency. Filling this hole has to be a priority. First off, the team may be looking to oft-injured quarterback Kevin Kolb to run the offense. A gaping hole in the line is certainly not going to help keep the QB healthy for a 16-game season. There is also the running game to think about, especially since Buffalo may be relying on it even more this season. The power of Fred Jackson and speed of C.J. Spiller will mean very little if the defense is camped out in the backfield.

9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The Jets’ defense went downhill last year because there was no pressure on the opposing QB. After two solid seasons in the SEC, Jones should immediately help the pass rush.

Text Only
  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bills Camp Bills QB, coach differ on offense’s performance

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV tops Cochranton to advance

    French Creek Valley kept its stay in the Pennsylvania Region 8 American Legion Tournament alive on Tuesday in impressive fashion.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kinter and Neff Error-free defense, hitting propel District 1 to state title

    When Tom Brunot, Doug Hecker and Mark McKissock agreed about a month ago to take on a Senior League softball team they felt fairly confident in their team’s ability to defend its turf with a state championship on the line.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV falls to Millcreek

    It may go down as one of the oddest games in Region 8 history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Meadville captures Section 1 title over DuBois

    For anyone confused about all the fire truck sirens and honking car horns that echoed through the streets of Meadville around 5 p.m. on Sunday, here’s the explanation:

    July 22, 2014

  • District 1 showcases 'D' in victory

    A strong defense up the middle is often where championship teams are born. The District 1 Senior League softball team certainly fills the bill.

    July 22, 2014

  • Trevor Smith St. Marys tops METS to win title

    When it’s two good teams going head-to-head in the game of baseball, sometimes a simple bad bounce can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament

The latest proposed expansion plan for the Crawford County Courthouse potentially would eliminate the former Tarr Mansion on Diamond Park to make room for a county administrative building. Should the 1860 mansion be demolished?

Leave it alone because it’s historic.
Try to incorporate it into the proposed expansion.
It’s too far gone to save, but it’s memory may be preserved with an artifacts and photo display within the proposed courthouse complex.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide