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Browns Won’t Be Afraid to Draft Players With Character Issues

If there’s one thing the Browns have tried to do over the course of their second bout in the NFL, it’s stay away from players with let’s say “questionable” character. The team has had their issues like all other NFL teams with off the field issues, but when it comes to drafting, the Browns usually stay pretty clean.

Until now.

Tony Grossi today took on a piece in the Plain Dealer about the Browns maybe shying away from their past and taking a longer look at players in the draft and free agency that could have already had some off the field problems.

Browns GM Tom Heckert is more apt to take a chance on a college player with questionable character than on an established NFL player. The context of this issue was whether the one-year suspension of North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn would cause Heckert to shy from drafting him in the first round.

“It’s not a deal-breaker,” Heckert said. “Anybody that’s had any issues in college, you’ve got to figure them out on a case-by-case basis. You just have to sit with them, meet with them and figure it out. I don’t think anybody’s going to crucify a guy for making a mistake. We’re not taking them off the board just because they got suspended.”

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