BRIEFS

Big Red Boosters meeting Monday

STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday inside the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse.

All are welcome and memberships are available.

CCHS seeking alumni for HOF

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central is seeking alumni who would like to serve on the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

Those interested can contact Leo Lanaghan at (740) 264-7058. The next induction is on Sept. 19.

Browns sit out first round

BEREA — John Dorsey only traded text messages during the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

Cleveland’s wheeling-dealing general manager, who has overturned his roster with numerous transactions over the past year, was unable to pull off a deal to get into the first round Thursday night and will start the second day still holding onto his second round pick.

It’s not that he didn’t try.

Meeting with reporters following a long night of working the phones, Dorsey said there were three players he was willing to move up and get, but the asking price to complete the deal was beyond his comfort zone.

“I thought the compensation was too rich to move that far,” Dorsey said. “I think we’re in a position now, maybe you exercise a degree of patience in this and just see. We’ll start working tomorrow, and we’re always going to work at this thing to see if we can get up there, but the compensation package was just too much for us as an organization.”

Dorsey’s decision not to package the No. 49 overall pick with any of his other seven selections for a higher spot was somewhat surprising, given his track record.

He’s made 17 trades — including a recent blockbuster for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — since taking over the Browns in December 2017, bucking their laughingstock status and making them one of the league’s most intriguing squads.

Dorsey was willing to trade up for the right player, but only for the right price. However, he stayed on the sideline while six other teams moved up in the first round. One of them was the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, who jumped from No. 20 to 10 and took Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

The Steelers sent the 20th pick, No. 52 and a third-rounder to Denver to climb.

Dorsey said he couldn’t find the right bargain for the Browns without sacrifice.

From staff and wire reports

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