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At first glance
April 30, 2010 - Mike McLain
After months of reading reports on the prospects in the NFL draft, reporters finally got a chance to see the Browns' rookies Friday on the first day of a minicamp.
Here are some initial impressions:
Defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, a sixth-round pick, is every bit 6-foot-8 and 299 pounds. Geathers look winded at times during the afternoon practice. He'll need to get in better shape for the summer heat of training camp.
Quarterback Colt McCoy looks bigger in person than he does on television. He stood above a group of reporters in front of his locker, and not all reporters are short.
Cornerback Joe Haden is a delight to interview. He genuinely seems appreciative of the being a first-round draft choice. Although he knows it won't be easy when the real games start in September, Haden is having a blast right now.
Second-round pick T.J. Ward is solidly put together. The safety from Oregon has a no-nonsense way about him that should fit in well as the Browns try to get tougher on defense.
Running back Montario Hardesty doesn't look like he's carrying 225 pounds. However, he is bigger than Jerome Harrison and James Davis, which will give him an edge as the Browns look for a power back with speed to pound the ball to in a feature role.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, who threw passes to Michael Crabtree in college, is back with the Browns for a second straight rookie camp. Harrell didn't make it to training camp last year, and it's doubtful he will this year with Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and McCoy ahead of him.
We didn't get a chance to see receiver Carlton Mitchell on the field. He worked out on a stationary bike after having muscle tightness. Mangini told all the drafted players last weekend to work out before arriving for camp.
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