It has been over one week since the end of the 2013 NFL Draft, but today, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post had an interesting nugget about the Cleveland Browns' draft board last weekend:
The Browns’ draft board was arranged alphabetically, which is very unorthodox and can make it difficult to make decisions on the fly. Front office men around the league were buzzing about the unusual board last week. Also noteworthy is that the Browns did not allow the majority of their scouts in the draft room. But they are not the only team that locks out scouts.
The photograph you see at the top of this post is from a video clip that the official team site posted of the team's draft room prior to selecting OLB Barkevious Mingo. In the 45-second clip, you can see Michael Lombardi gesturing to a couple of people in the room, Joe Banner sitting still, and Jimmy Haslam calling someone and texting at the same time.
Regarding the draft board, logic would seem to say that you typically rank players in the order you would select them on your draft board, just like we simulated here at Dawgs By Nature leading up to the event. I'm not going to act like arranging them alphabetically is something insane or anything; it should have been easy for our guys to memorize what our options were at No. 6 overall, and then we weren't scheduled to pick again until late on Day 2. With that said, if a situation does come up and your team wants to get back on the clock, the decision to go alphabetically is a bit...interesting, right? What do you guys think?