Cleveland Browns General Manager told reporters Monday he knows who he wants with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft.
No, he did not tell them who it was.
Farmer did what a lot of guys in his position will do over the next 10 days, namely gush about every prospect at the top of the board, hoping someone hears it and confuses it for genuine interest in a particular guy.
But Farmer’s most glowing praise was apparently for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
“It would be big, big, ginormous [to get him],” Farmer said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s a good football player. He has really good hands, can run all the routes and can be productive. Saddle him on the opposite side of Josh Gordon — wow!”
He also said Watkins “will be good in this league. Dynamic. He plays the game violently, aggressively.”
All of those things are likely true. It’s possible that none of them will matter as it pertains to the Browns, as Watkins could be gone before they pick.
Farmer also said he’s talked to around 10 of his counterparts around the league in the last 24 hours about possible trades, and all of them in the last week.
But in case any of them didn’t get the message, here’s a recap:
Ray Farmer really likes Sammy Watkins. And a lot of other guys.