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“I want guys to say, ‘Man, you’re something else, I never want to play against you again.’”

In taking Taylor and Sheard, it’s the first time in their history the Browns have devoted their top two picks to defensive linemen. The club is transitioning to a 4-3 scheme this season under new coach Pat Shurmur.

“It just got a little easier,” Heckert said.

Sheard’s dreams of playing in the pros almost ended last July, when he was arrested for allegedly throwing a man through a glass door of an art gallery. He eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was reinstated by Wannstedt. His teammates voted him captain for the

Sheard said the incident was misreported. In tying to break up a fight involving a teammate, he said he was assaulted and while defending himself, he and the man fell through a window. Sheard said the incident both matured him and prepared him for his future.

“That’s the first trouble I’d been in,” Sheard said. “That’s not the guy I am. On the field, maybe I get a little hot and it’s football, it’s competition. But off the field, I’m not like that, I’m a cool, laid-back dude and I’m not looking for trouble.”

Heckert said he has no concerns about Sheard’s character.

“We talked to a ton of people and we can’t find one person to say a bad thing about this kid,” Heckert said.

Same with Little, who instead of running pass routes in his final season in Chapel Hill for former Browns coach Butch Davis, spent it watching his teammates. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Little was one of several Tar Heels to be suspended for accepting diamond earrings and trips from agents.

Little described the imposed layoff as “really tough” and that it changed his morals. The time away from football also gave him a greater appreciation for the game more.

“I’m so hungry to get back,” he said. “It just baffles me sometimes.”

Shurmur isn’t concerned that time away will hurt Little’s play.

“He’ll have fresh legs,” Shurmur cracked.

Cleveland has been seeking a top-flight wide receiver since trading Braylon Edwards, and the club passed on a chance to take Alabama’s Julio Jones on Thursday. Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie are adequate receivers, but don’t strike fear into a defense.

Shurmur believes Little can become the No. 1 receiver the Browns have coveted.

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