Browns’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounders, late-round sleepers

The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which runs April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

It’s a chance for Cleveland’s management — led by owner Jimmy Haslam, general manager John Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson — to make an emphatic statement that would put memories of an 0-16 season the rearview mirror. While the Browns are expected to spend the No. 1 pick on a franchise quarterback, Cleveland has five picks in the first two rounds.

It’s already an interesting quarterback room in the land where Elway and Peyton Manning set the standard while winning three Super Bowls between them. There’s an enigma in 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch, whom Elway traded up to draft but has been a major disappointment. Chad Kelly, a talented college QB at Ole Miss who has fought through recent injuries, also is on the roster after being drafted in the seventh round last year.

By all accounts, Keenum is a great teammate who won’t rock the boat no matter the outcome on draft day. But down deep, he’s got to believe he has graduated from his days of keeping the seat warm until he is replaced by the proverbial future franchise quarterback.

And returning to clipboard-holding duties in Denver after leading Minnesota to a division title and one step from the Super Bowl would be hard to take.

Still, Gronkowski’s potential absence from voluntary workouts doesn’t necessarily mean the All-Pro tight end intends to hang up his cleats quite yet. Rapoport reports that Gronkowski has trained this offseason at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, and the expectation remains that he will play in 2018.

Gronkowski wouldn’t represent the only major absence from the Patriots ‘ offseason program, either. Tom Brady is currently on a trip to Qatar with his family and will miss the workouts in Foxborough.

While injuries have limited Gronkowski in recent years, he still ranks among the league’s most productive tight ends. He caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017 and leads all tight ends in receiving yardage (3,924) and touchdown receptions (34) since 2014. Gronkowski has earned first-team All-Pro honors five times in his career, most recently last season. seahawks_022

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The Mets have started off hot, finding themselves atop the NL East entering the season’s second full week. Michael Conforto returned far earlier than anticipated — a date that was once rumored to be mid-May or even early June turned into April 5. And what did he do? After stating that he was back because he wanted to face Stephen Strasburg, he hit a homer in his third at-bat against him. Conforto is now 3-for-18 in his career against Strasburg, but two of those three hits have been home runs. — Langs

Most of the Indians’ hitters have been ice-cold initially, but getting oft-injured Michael Brantley back from the DL provided an immediate boost as he powered a win in their home opener. Nick Goody has also looked good stepping into Bryan Shaw’s shoes to join Andrew Miller and Cody Allen and create a new late-game power trio in the pen. — Kahrl

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Smith arrived at the police station for ankle monitoring. He has been arrested three times in the span of two months, beginning with an alleged act of domestic violence on March 3.

A woman, later revealed to be Smith’s fiancee, said the former Pro Bowler bit her wrists and drank two bottles of tequila during an altercation. Smith fled the scene before police arrived.

He was later charged with domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism. After violating the protective order by contacting the woman, he was charged with three additional misdemeanors.

Smith last played for the Oakland Raiders during the 2015 season. He has been suspended for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Sernoffsky reported Smith will likely stay in jail until at least Friday. la_kings_052