Browns QB McCoy hosting workouts in Texas

Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy has organized workouts in Texas

for a few of his teammates during the NFL lockout.

Several of the wide receivers are joining him in Austin to throw

the ball around.

By this time next week, he may have new targets.

With the No. 6 overall pick in next week’s draft, the Browns may

have the chance to add a top-flight wide receiver like Georgia’s

A.J. Green or Alabama’s Julio Jones, considered the top two

prospects at that position. It’s possible one or both could be

available when it’s Cleveland’s turn on the clock.

Since trading Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets in 2009, the

Browns have lacked a home-run-hitting wide receiver, the kind of

player who can turn a 10-yard reception on a slant pattern into a

70-yard touchdown. Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie are

suitable, and both made significant strides in their second seasons

as pros.

However, the Browns need more to develop McCoy, who will be

running a new West Coast offense installed by first-year coach Pat


Green or Jones would fill a gaping hole.

General manager Tom Heckert said Thursday there is little

difference between the two SEC stars.

”They are both very talented guys,” he said. ”They are both

good football players. They both can run and catch and all that

stuff. I think some people might like something else about one guy

than the other guy. If you talk to 32 teams, you’ll probably get 16

answers to why one guy might do something better.

”At that position it’s a little hard because they are both kind

of the same size and maybe one runs a little faster but they are

very similar players. There’s not much difference as an overall


Asked which was better suited for the West Coast offense,

Heckert said, ”either one is fine.”

Heckert was pleased to hear that McCoy was rounding up a few of

his teammates for some informal practices while the league’s labor

dispute drags on.

Massaquoi posted a message on his Twitter page saying that he

was headed to Austin for ”for some pitch & catch” with McCoy,

Josh Cribbs, Carlton Mitchell, Jordan Norwood and ”the rest of my

Browns brothers!”

”I think it’s great,” said Heckert, Philadelphia’s GM from

2006-09. ”When we were in Philadelphia, that happened anyway. It

happened right before we had offseason conditioning, and even

during the offseason conditioning when guys didn’t want to come

back to Philadelphia, they would go and they would hang out in

Arizona. It’s probably more publicized now.

”Obviously, it’s nice here. If they do it, great. If they

don’t, I don’t think it’s a big deal. They’ll be ready when they

come back. We’ll have time.”

As for the upcoming draft, Heckert didn’t tip his hand as to

what the Browns will do with their top pick. In his first draft

with Cleveland last year, Heckert took cornerback Joe Haden at No.

7, added safety T.J. Ward in the second round (No. 38) and grabbed

McCoy (No. 85) after he slid to the third.

Heckert addressed several draft-related topics.

– On Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers’ surgically repaired

knee; Bowers could be an option for the Browns, who are shifting to

a 4-3 front: ”Our doctors have looked at him 100 times,” Heckert

said. ”We’ve done our due diligence. We think his knee is going to

all right.”

– On the Browns taking a QB – even in the first round – despite

their public support for McCoy: ”I wouldn’t say that’s one of our

top needs, but if there’s a legitimate Hall-of-Fame-type

quarterback, then we would do that.”

– On North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn being a high risk

after his one-season NCAA suspension for receiving gifts and travel

accommodations: ”Obviously, it’s a thing you’d rather not have to

deal with. You’d like to see him play this year, and unfortunately

you can’t. … You have one less year to look at for him. You just

have to kind of use your judgment.”

– On the possibility of trading up: ”It’s probably unlikely,

but I have talked to some teams ahead of us just to see. That’s

probably a tougher thing to do from our situation. We’d hate to

give up picks to do something like that.”

– On LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, considered by many a

can’t-miss pick: ”Size and speed. He’s a rare guy, a rare athlete

and he’s a very good football player.”

– On whether Browns president Mike Holmgren has veto power on

quarterbacks; Holmgren allegedly was the one who persuaded Heckert

to choose McCoy: ”That’s completely not true. Colt McCoy was the

guy that was there when we picked. He was our highest-rated guy.

Did Mike like him? Yes. Did I like him? Yes. Did Eric (Mangini)

like him? Yeah. That’s blown a little bit out of proportion.”