July 30, 2014

Browns are equal-opportunity haters; team skips Clowney’s pro day

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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.

(Photo: Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports)

 

  • maxfnmloans

    the media really doesn’t like it when teams don’t share their belief that everything they are reporting is the MOST IMPORTANT THING EVAR!!11!!1!!!1

    Thanks for moving the draft to May Goodell, that means an extra 4 weeks of torture.

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    The Browns have sucked when they have gone to Pro-Days.

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Isn’t ‘Pro-Days’ just a new show on NFL Network?

  • Natedawg86

    If you can’t pick up a tennis ball, you can’t errrr blitz a QB?

  • mgbode
  • RGB

    I think the Browns should invite Manziel and Clowney to the same pro-workout in Berea and let them work out together. :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmRAiUPdRjk

  • Jason Hurley

    Oh noes! They didn’t see him play with tennis balls! How will they know if he has a stronger forehand or backhand? They’ll just have to settle for looking at game tape to see how he actually performs on a football field.

  • Wow

    Yet another non-story.

  • Garry_Owen

    Is there anything, anything at all, that someone would see at Clowney’s “pro day” that would make them either (a) think he’s worth drafting, or (b) convinced he’s not worth the pick? If he’s still there at #4, is there anything at all that Farmer might have seen at his “pro day” that would make him ponder less (or more) the potential for drafting him?

    This is beyond silly. If Jadaveon Freaking Clowney is still available at #4, you can bet that the Browns will consider drafting him. They might not end up pulling the trigger, but the “pro day” would never have been the deciding factor.

  • mgbode

    rare footage of RGB meeting Sammy Watkins:

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbr8bdRWzM1rafy3vo1_500.gif

  • mgbode
  • BenRM

    Ain’t it the fricking truth man!

  • BenRM

    Where were his helmet and pads?!?! Why does Nike hate Clowney!

  • RGB
  • Garry_Owen

    And he clearly wasn’t at Clowney’s pro day, either.

  • nj0

    I know NFL teams have a lot of money, but you still have to wonder how much they waste on sending people to these sorts of things. Not to mention the man hours. Kudos Browns.

  • nj0

    Pigs get fat; hogs get slaughtered.

  • Harv 21

    YEA RAY ITS WAY MORE IMPORTANT WHAT CLOWNY CAN DO WITH A PAPERCLIP THEN HOW HE CRUSHES A BLOCKING SLED.

    Was it at the Combine or Pro Day that Trent Richardson mesmerized the Browns by pancaking our RB coach in a drill? That was pretty relevant in retrospect.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yeah, so, it looks like the Browns held a private workout with Blake Bortles today. I’d say that workout was more important than Clowney’s.

  • MrCleaveland

    Remember when people were trashing Jim Brown because he said Richardson was “average”?

    J.B. also had a pretty clear read on Phil Savage when he was in that power struggle with Collins. Jim said Savage needed some help. He was right.

  • mgbode

    pretty sure I can pull up a long list of JB quotes that won’t picture him in such a favorable light as well.

    the past 20 years, there has been one truism for anyone talking sports. trash whatever the Browns do and you have pretty good odds of being correct.

  • mgbode

    can we somehow CGI #52 to be #55 in the above? I mean, if that isn’t the Williest McGinest of runs, then I don’t know what to tell you.

  • Garry_Owen

    I was one of those trashing JB, and let me tell you, it was fun.

  • Garry_Owen

    Williest McGinestiest

  • MrCleaveland

    Of course it was! Emotional, irrational trashing of someone is always fun when he says something we don’t want to hear. I get that.

    (Now don’t start trashing me.)

  • Garry_Owen

    Jim Brown thinks this last comment of yours is average.

  • MrCleaveland

    What the hell does he know?

  • RGB

    The last person that impressed Jim Brown was Jim Brown.

  • Harv 21

    the point is never whether Jim is wrong or right. Just like it wasn’t the issue with Chris Perez. He isn’t a scout, Savage’s deficiencies were quickly self-evident and it doesn’t take his special genius to see what’s up. The issue is why Jim blowhards and when, like we need his input. His statements are rarely far removed from his complaints about being done wrong by the team. When he’s back on the payroll again everything’s magically cool, he’s mentoring the fine young player, and Randy Lerner is an excellent owner.

    Mary Kay is responsible, too. She just can’t help calling his cellie when needs something “interesting,” Like giving your lonely great uncle a couple beers and having him take out the war uniform and scrap book. I’ve heard the Jim Brown Act for decades, going back to his pathetic dissing of Franco Harris, and it’s as predictable as it is tiresome.

  • MrCleaveland

    Fine, but MY point was that Richardson was indeed only average despite his Combine and Pro Day workouts. JB was the only one who saw it — or at least the only one who said it, but that’s still beside the point.

  • MrCleaveland

    Upon further review, Harv, I guess that was YOUR point.

    Move to strike.

  • Sam Gold

    #Browns did have representation at Clowney's pro day in Columbia just not the big 4 which is who everyone notices— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) April 2, 2014

  • saggy

    that’s fair.

  • saggy

    i actually really like this. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Browns had guys at the other pro days, but they weren’t noticeable? Like, if they were wearing Steelers gear or something.

    Stealth scouting. I like it.

  • RGB
  • mgbode

    sure you put that gif, but all I see is this one:

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m931adZoCJ1r7ksqyo1_500.gif

  • Harv 21

    I get extra ornery on the JB subject. A better person would commit to a self-imposed silence on the subject.

  • RGB

    Pass on Watkins, and you’ll see this one…

    cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/229/files/2014/02/Michonne-beheading-walkers.gif

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ll join you. But let’s be honest, it will probably look like this:

    http://themonstermaven.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/kill_it_shaun_of_the_dead.gif

  • RGB

    I’m already stocking an assortment of appropriate gifs for multiple draft outcomes, especially should we draft JFF.

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/999861/dr-evil-o.gif

  • mgbode

    once you start doing that the Browns trade down and then back up and pick someone like Phil Taylor who you never even considered because he was nowhere close to going where any of the Browns were orginally holding their picks.

  • Garry_Owen

    Makes me almost hope we draft JFF.

  • RGB
  • RGB

    I’ve already got him covered. :D