Earlier this week, we looked at how NFL executives were reportedly upset that soon-to-be Browns quarterbacks coach is working with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be one of the top picks in April's draft. O'Connell is getting an advance look at Mariota, but it's as a private quarterbacks tutor, but Cleveland is able to get away with it because they have not technically hired O'Connell yet.
O'Connell is expected to join the Browns next week, probably in time for the start of the NFL Combine. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the NFL isn't taking issue with the situation:
NFL office has no problem at this time with new Browns QB coach Kevin O’Connell coaching Marcus Mariota before joining team, I’m told— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 13, 2015
The Browns will no doubt be heavily connected to Mariota through the draft process, but let's not forget that they would have to pay a steep price to get him -- at least both of their first-round picks in 2015, and then some. For that price, he doesn't seem worth it.