Browns say they out-bid other teams for Tyrod Taylor

When the Browns sent the first pick in the third-round of the NFL draft to the Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, some people thought Cleveland overpaid. The Browns say they paid what they had to, because other teams wanted Taylor.

The Steelers already put some of their Ryan Shazier fallback plan in place by signing former Colts and Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic, but Evans would be a tremendous fit for their system. Like Shazier, Evans is a natural leader and a stat-sheet stuffer.

You can’t spell Jacksonville without Jackson — not in this mock draft, at least. The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles, but even with the notable investment, he’s signed through only 2020. Unless Jackson lands with an offense catered to his running ability in which he could start as a rookie, he will be best off in a developmental situation like this — a team that has the NFL’s top rushing attack and an established West Coast passing game.

“And one of the things we first talked about with [49ers CEO Jed York] was finding a guy who’s been a General Manager who’s sat in that seat, and it took me about 10 minutes to, ‘I’ve got the guy, if I can get him.’ I played with him and so I trust him implicitly.”

Lynch, who played in the secondary with Mayhew from 1993-96 in Tampa Bay, hired his friend as the 49ers’ senior personnel executive. Lynch has used Mayhew as his sounding board and mentor.

“He was one of the guys that I tried to pattern the way I went about my work,” Lynch said.

Smith has been thirsty for highlights and points as a rookie, but he has good vision and slings fastballs across the court with either hand. Later against Minnesota, he posted up Jeff Teague again, sucked in help, and fired a lefty crosscourt laser to Dorian Finney-Smith for a wide-open corner 3. He whipped a similar pass the next night on a post-up Rick Carlisle called out of a timeout.bills_120

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