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NFL Notes: Draft, Colin Kaepernick, Sean McDermott, Browns & Eagles

Draft

Albert Breer mentions that there was “legitimate buzz” around Ohio State WR Braxton Miller at the Senior Bowl.

He’s had a very good week,” one NFC general manager told Breer. “He’s intriguing. Someone with multiple picks in Rounds 2 and 3 will definitely think about pulling trigger if he keeps rising. He’s gonna have to prove he can do it mentally, but he could be a ‘weapon’ early on with the chance to evolve into a good receiver. You could do some wildcat stuff, jet sweeps, etc.

An AFC college scouting director added: “He’s big, fast and raw. Being here helps him. He’s flashing his tools.”

Another player who generated quite a bit of buzz was NDSU QB Carson Wentz. However, one AFC executive tells Breer that Wentz is “an acquired taste.”

He looked like he was pressing [Tuesday], but started to slow down a little [Wednesday],” the executive said of Wentz. “I think it’s unfair, the attention he’s had. There’s a lot to like and a lot to kill on him.

Colin Kaepernick

  • Jason Cole of B/R reports that former 49ers’ coaches have said that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick‘s focus “slipped significantly” as did his practice habits and overall preparation.
  • The coaches who spoke to Cole do, however, believe new HC Chip Kelly will be able to fix Kaepernick and make him more accountable next season.

Sean McDermott

  • Albert Breer reports that Panthers DC Sean McDermott interviewed “very, very well” for the Buccaneers’ head-coaching job before they elected to hire Dirk Koetter.
  • According to Breer, McDermott impressed everyone and will likely be a top coaching candidate in 2017 much like Adam Gase was this year.

Browns

  • NFL Media’s Albert Breer reports that the Browns decision to hire Colts pro scouting coordinator Andrew Berry raised some eyebrows around the league, given his age (28) and relative inexperience.
  • Even so, Breer mentions that the Browns liked his high character, the fact that he trained under Bill Polian and Ryan Grigson, his passion for the job, worth ethic, humility and his overall intelligence.
  • The Colts reportedly thought extremely highly of him.

Eagles

New Eagles DC Jim Schwartz confirmed they will employ a 4-3 defensive scheme next year.

“Um, yeah, for sure. We’re not gonna be a two-gap 3-4,” Schwartz said, via PhillyVoice.com. “I want those defensive lineman to be attacking. I want those guys to be creating and wreaking some havoc and putting pressure on the quarterback. They’re not gonna be playing at the line of scrimmage and grabbing guys and trying to keep the linebackers clean. I think we have some good guys up front. We can take the handcuffs off of them a little bit and get some more production out of them.

  • Jason La Canfora reports that the Eagles have interviewed former Browns executive Morocco Brown for their personnel opening.