Not all that long ago, we had discussed a minor faux pa that occurred on the Internet side of the Browns. Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was listed on the team’s official roster with full bio – which has since been removed.
The consensus was that this was simply a slip up and that the there is no way that the team could consider Maclin with the fifth overall selection. Michael Crabtree, maybe. Maclin, not so fast. But as the draft nears, Scout.com’s Ed Thompson reports that Maclin has in fact made another step in fulfilling the prophecy by including Cleveland in his tour de workouts.
Maclin has already visited with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he is scheduled for official visits with the Detroit Lions, the New York Jets, the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns so far. He’s also scheduled for a private workout with the Oakland Raiders this week. [...]
Over the span of his two seasons at Missouri, Maclin caught 182 passes for 2,315 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
With the Donte Stallworth situation looking to still be in the early stages, thinking is that Eric Mangini does not feel comfortable rolling into his first season with the Orange and Brown with either Syndric Steptoe or David Patten as his second receiving option – and for good reason. But there is also very little chance that the team would even consider Maclin an option at the fifth overall selection.
The team obviously wants to trade down. However, if anything is taken out of this, it is that Cincinnati and Oakland are also interested in Maclin’s services. If they like him enough, would they want to trade up? Would any other team be eyeing Maclin that would want to jump in front of either team? This remains to be seen.
At least the team appears active in the NFL Draft. This may at least help those of you that still feel undderwhelmed by the whole lack-of-free-agents thing that has occurred over the past few months. Or not.
Popular WR Maclin Visits Browns [Scout.com]