The Scouting Combine ended nearly a week ago, but interesting tidbits continue to emerge.
For example, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that coach Mike Pettine said Monday the Browns didn’t conduct a “formal interview” with Johnny Manziel in Indianapolis.
The “formal interview” process consists of the 15-minute nightly ping-pong sessions from door to door in hotel rooms with the beds removed. But there’s also an informal process involving interviews at the local train station. While the formal interviews are limited in number, a team with sufficient resources and motivations could, in theory, interview every player at the Scouting Combine.
Even if the Browns didn’t speak to Manziel formally or informally in Indy, they’ll have other opportunities to speak to him before the draft.
There’s also a chance the Browns are trying to create the impression they’re not interested in Manziel, in order to avoid being leapfrogged by a team drafting lower than fourth. With franchise quarterbacks in short supply, the Browns gain nothing by being candid about whether they want Manziel.
Tonight’s nugget tells us only one thing — that the Browns didn’t have a formal sit-down with Manziel in Indianapolis. Don’t expect them to share much more than that about Manziel or any other quarterback prospect between now and May 8.