Broncos, Browns kick off formal pre-draft visits

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The Broncos announced that they hosted their first two pre-draft visitors Monday: Former LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson and Vanderbilt outside linebacker Stephen Weatherly.

Though all teams host these visits in the weeks leading up to the draft, some announce them publicly as the Broncos did and some do not. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported Monday that the Browns hosted Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman Monday, but the Browns’ policy is not to confirm these visits.

Robinson was dismissed by LSU and did not play last fall. At 6’1, he’s a big corner with athletic skills who clocked a 4.49 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine last month. Weatherly is an early entry to this year’s draft after two seasons as a starter at Vanderbilt. He had 10.5 sacks last fall.

Lynch is a possible first-round pick. He holds his formal Pro Day workout next week, though new Browns coach Hue Jackson has said he won’t attend because the Browns start their offseason workouts next Monday. They still can hold a private workout with Lynch.

Jackson and Browns associate head coach/quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton attended the Pro Day workouts of Carson Wentz of North Dakota State and Cal’s Jared Goff. Though Jackson has said the Browns need a quarterback and will be drafting one, the team’s signing of Robert Griffin III last week means the Browns could use the No. 2 overall pick on a player at a different position.

Coleman caught 20 touchdown passes last fall. He figures to be in the mix, along with Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss and Josh Doctson of TCU, to be the first wide receiver selected in this year’s draft.

Every team can host up to 30 visitors before the draft. These visits can not include on-field workouts; they serve as meet and greet sessions, and some teams quiz players on schemes and playbooks.

5 responses to “Broncos, Browns kick off formal pre-draft visits

  1. It’ll be interesting to see who the Browns pick or if they trade back for more picks. Maybe Hue Jackson saw RG3 as a better fit for his system than McCown since his system may be very similar to Gruden’s, which RG3 has been around for years now. It could be better for them to trade back and re-tool elsewhere while hoping one of the 2nd tier QBs are available later.

  2. Browns fans will tell you that trading back, filling other holes and hoping RG3 and/ or a 2nd tier qb can fill the 20 year absence of a franchise qb is clearly not the right strategy. Determine who the best qb is and just draft him! Stop over thinking it.

  3. @Underdawgs

    I agree. If you look at almost all of the starting QBs in the league, especially the top QBs, they were all pretty much first round picks. The 2017 crop of college QBs doesn’t look too appealing. Maybe take Wentz, give him a year on the sidelines, or let him and RG3 compete like Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn did.

  4. This has been interesting to watch so far with the Browns and how they are handling their trades. I have seen other people lamenting over the fact they “just let good players go”. I am actually glad to see them sit back, let the tree shake, and remove everyone who does not want to be there from the equation. The decision to sign Robert Griffin III was a smart and calculated move. Remember, they are basing their decisions on a completely new analysis. The real test is coming up with the draft and who they pick. I know there are people who are freaking out about what influence DePodesta will have on the final decisions. But remember, he used to play football. He loves football. I think he is going to be thoughtful and thorough with his advice. I think in the end, even if the Browns are not successful (in the fans opinion) with this year, you can say this is the first year in a very long time the team made an incredibly serious and concerted effort to put together a team that you can develop, grow, and eventually have a winning franchise.

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