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Browns continue to prune dead wood

The Cleveland Browns continued the process of pruning away the dead wood left behind by former coach Eric Mangini, releasing Brian “Blutarsky” Robiskie on Wednesday.

A second round pick in 2009 – the 36th player selected – Robiskie finishes his Browns career with 39 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns in 32 games.

And he probably had the most Blutarsky lines – 0 catches, 0 yards – of any active wide receiver in the history of the NFL.

The Browns made the move after signing running back Thomas Clayton.

Mangini’s one and only draft where he was in charge has had a lasting impact on the Browns – and not in a good way. In addition to Robiskie, Mangini wasted a second-round pick on linebacker David Veikune and under-performing wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

And to think the Browns could have selected LeSean McCoy and Mike Wallace with those second-round picks.

There’s little doubt that draft set the team back, leaving current general manager Tom Heckert with even more holes to fill.

Hopefully this serves as a lesson to those Browns fans who think the team should draft players simply because they played at Ohio State. The Browns need football players – regardless of where they went to school.

Oh well, maybe Robiskie can team up with former Ohio State quarterback and NFL washout Troy Smith in the UFL.

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