New Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker was relieved that the Browns decided to pass on him at No. 12.
Or at least his mother was.
“We didn’t want him going to Cleveland,” Raneca Parker told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, after the Dolphins took him with the 14th pick. “They don’t have a team, really, or a quarterback. I knew I didn’t want the Cleveland Browns.
“I know the teams the teams he could go to and the teams he couldn’t go to. We were happy with the Miami Dolphins. He was very ecstatic. We’re happy, we love the weather.”
As much as that might sting, the Browns replied, albeit indirectly, that they didn’t like Parker either.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns passed on him because “they felt he wasn’t tough enough and didn’t love the game enough.”
At least DeVante knows his mother loves him and — since he’s a receiver who might need a quarterback some day — has his best interests at heart.