As part of the lead-up to the NFL draft, NFL teams can bring in 30 prospects for private visits. Only out-of-town college players count towards this number, so a team can theoretically bring in unlimited local visits. These visits are an excellent time for a coaching staff and front office to spend more individual time with a player. They can go through a workout and explore if they would be a good match, both from a football sense and a cultural sense. Looking at each team’s list can be an excellent way to peer behind the curtain to figure out what players are on a team’s big board.
The Cleveland Browns have yet to fill out the total of 30 visits on their list. This information is one of the more under-reported aspects of the NFL, and I am sure the Browns have used all 30 visits to their full advantage. There are a couple of things we can learn about this list and a few surprises along the way.
- Matt Araiza, Punter, San Diego State
- Trevon Bradford, Wide Receiver, Oregon State
- Treylon Burks, Wide Receiver, Arkansas
- James Cook, Running Back, Georgia
- Greg Dulcich, Tight End, UCLA
- Devin Harper, Linebacker, Oklahoma State
- George Karlaftis, Defensive End, Purdue
- Chase Lucas, Cornerback, Arizona State
- E.J. Perry, Quarterback, Brown University
- Mark Robinson, Linebacker, Ole Miss
- Tariquios Tisdale, 3-4 Defensive End, Ole Miss
- Christian Watson, Wide Receiver, North Dakota State
- Isaiah Weston, Wide Receiver, Northern Iowa
- Rachaad White, Running Back, Arizona State
- Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty
- Jalen Wydermyer, Tight End, Texas A&M
To no one’s surprise, the Cleveland Browns have met with multiple wide receivers. The need for another receiver is not much of a secret, and Andrew Berry will be spending much time and resources finding the best fit. This gets a little difficult with no first-round pick due to the DeShaun Watson trade. Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks is on this list and is projected to be a first-round selection. Last year we saw that Browns trade up into the early second to catch a falling JOK. Could we be in for a similar situation this weekend?
Another obvious take-away from this list is that the Browns are in the market to draft a tight-end. We see two names on this list, and with the departure of Austin Hooper, I am sure they are looking to back-fill depth at that position. Jalen Wydermyer, unfortunately, has had a terrible testing cycle and may be off the Browns’ board by now.
Linebacker and cornerback are the deepest positions on defense, but we see names on the list. The most obvious need is a defensive line, which I believe will be attacked early. Flexibility during the draft allows value to fall.