When it comes to pro days, the Cleveland Browns aren’t just saying “no thanks” to the quarterbacks. As South Carolina’s Jadaveon Clowney shows off his freak athleticism in front of the masses, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock reports that the Browns front office was not present.
As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, the Browns have made more news for what they haven’t done more so than what they have. When Lousiville’s Teddy Bridgewater was one-hopping passes to receviers, only Ray Farmer was on hand; head coach Mike Pettine, offensvie coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains were elsewhere. The entire contingent was absent from Central Florida’s Blake Bortles’ pro day as well as Texas A&Ms Johnny Manziel’s—the latter being one of the more-anticipated pro days of the entire pre-draft process.
The Browns have been on record all off-season, slamming the importance of pro days—”Being in charge of that workout is different than being at a Pro Day where it’s orchestrated and scripted,” Farmer recently stated. So, what’d the they miss?
Skipping the pro days may prove to be a non-event; the Browns may prove to be trailblazers in the information-dodging, expense friendly approach to what has otherwise been an annual event for media and executives across the country. But given the Browns’ track record of futility, to continually be one of the only teams to avoid the highly discussed events—while the rest of the NFL is represented—is certainly newsworthy.
Though his sack total dipped in 2013, Clowney is widely considered to be among the most talented players in the entire draft pool. NBC’s Tony Dungy recently said that the Houston Texans, owners of the No. 1 pick, should take the dynamic pass-rusher. Clowney currently sits atop Scouts Inc.’s Big Board, joining Auburn’s Greg Robinson with 97 grades. The Browns used plenty of assets in 2013 to bolster their pass rush, but if Clowney is available at No. 4, it’s tough to envision any honest scenario where he isn’t the best player available.