With a huge need at quarterback, you would think the Browns would have at least some representatives in attendance to see Deshaun Watson. That does not mean the Browns aren’t interested in the reigning national championship signal caller.
— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) March 16, 2017
The Browns are still very interested in Watson. Cleveland plans to conduct a private work out with the Tigers quarterback at some point before the NFL Draft on April 27. NFL teams can conduct personal workouts with 30 draft prospects before the draft.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 16, 2017
Scouts in attendance say Watson had an average performance during his workout.
Scout at Clemson on Watson's day:
Average day. Inconsistent timing/placement…solid on deep ball. It was a B-/C+ type workout.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 16, 2017
Watson and North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky are likely to be the top two quarterbacks taken in next month’s draft. The Browns may use the number 12 overall pick on a quarterback.
Cleveland’s decision to skip Clemson’s pro day is strange. The Tigers have talent available at multiple positions. The Browns could address a need on the defensive line with defensive tackle Carlos Watkins. Linebacker Ben Boulware could be a late round selection. He could play on special teams.
The decision to skip Watson’s pro day goes against the trend the Browns set last year. Head coach Hue Jackson and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown attended the pro days if top quarterback prospects Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
It will be interesting to see if Jackson and Brown will attend Trubisky’s pro day on March 21. The other top quarterback prospects, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech have yet to hold their pro days as well.