The Browns were quick to the podium once they were on the clock for the 68th pick. They wasted little time submitting their pick for San Diego State CB Leon McFadden, giving the sense this was the guy they wanted. However, this was all news to McFadden who expressed his surprise in being the Browns second pick in the 2012 draft.
I didn’t really speak to the Cleveland Browns. This was a big surprise to me. I didn’t talk to them much, other than basic questionnaires. But other than that, I didn’t know of their interest in me at all.
Surprise may be an understatement for McFadden who did not even speak with the Browns before draft day.
No, I talked to one of the West Coast scouts probably at the Senior Bowl or just did a questionnaire for them at the Senior Bowl. I talked a little bit with them at the Combine.
With months to prepare and to leave no stone unturned it is hard to imagine a team using their second selection on a player they haven’t spoken with. McFadden was the highest corner on the board at the time of his selection according to NFL.com.