According to Charlie Campbell of Walter Football, the Browns had plans to meet with Clemson defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and DeShawn Williams sometime this past week:
Per sources, the Cleveland Browns have a private workout next week with Clemson DTs DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett.— Charlie Campbell (@DraftCampbell) March 19, 2015
It has not been reported where, whether, or when this private workout took place, but it has been widely reported that all 32 NFL teams were represented at Clemson's Pro Day.
Many were there to see likely top-10 pick outside linebacker Vic Beasley. Others may have been there to see inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, a projected top-50 pick according to CBS Sports' prospect rankings.
Then there's Grady Jarrett, whom the Browns have allegedly met with privately. CBS Sports ranks him as a third rounder. Rotoworld goes on to say: "In the eyes of Rotoworld, this undersized terror is a top-30 prospect." Apparently, there is a rather large disagreement as to where Jarrett will come off the board in the 2015 NFL Draft.
This may, in part, be due to size. Grady Jarrett is listed at 6'1" 295 pounds. He is every bit the excellent penetrator you'd hope him to be at that size but is very limited as a pass rusher, struggling to disengage from blocks. (I personally graded him as 7/9/7-8 WT8/sub7.)
There isn't a consensus as to what his proper position in the NFL is. Some, such as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline see him as "the perfect three-technique tackle" due to his explosiveness. Others like NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, view him as an undersized 1-gap 4-3 nose tackle due to his toughness and ability to anchor against blockers. For the Browns this may not matter, as Pettine's weakside tackle position is pretty much a hybrid of these two positions.
Regardless of how you see Jarrett's NFL fit, he ran a 5.03 40-yard dash, put up 33 225-pound bench press reps, had a 30" vertical jump, and a 9'5" broad jump at Clemson's Pro Day, according to TigerNet.com.
According to his college biography, he will turn 22 right before draft day and graduated as a true Senior with a degree in management. He only played 61 snaps as a true freshman but started 11 out of 13 games as a sophomore and every game since, for a total of 37 starts over 48 games.
Jarrett was an Honorable Mention All-ACC selection his sophomore and junior seasons and was named First-Team All-ACC as a senior. He was invited to and participated in both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Browns also reportedly met with DeShawn Williams, a defensive tackle also of Clemson. According to his college bio, he is leaving Clemson after his true Senior season, having served in their defensive line rotation all four years. He has played in 53 games over that 4-year span, starting 17 of them. He is 22 years old. He was invited to and participated in the NFL Players' Association Collegiate Bowl after the conclusion of his senior season but was not invited to the NFL Combine.
Williams was ranked as a likely undrafted free agent among the defensive tackle class by CBS Sports (and graded out at 6/7/7 WT6 on tape according to yours truly), but may have put himself on the map with a stellar Pro Day performance. He is listed at 6'1" and 295 pounds (the same as Jarrett) and reportedly ran a 4.96 40-yard dash, had a 30" vertical jump, an 8'9" broad jump, and put up 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press. This may have moved him into Day 3 draft consideration or at least vaulted his name up teams' lists of priority undrafted free agent targets.
Ray Farmer and his staff may have really liked what they saw out of Williams and Jarrett at the Clemson Pro Day and wanted to schedule a private workout to dig a little deeper and get to further evaluate the prospects. It's equally possible that they were so busy scouting Clemson's other intriguing draft prospects that they couldn't pay close enough attention to Jarrett and Williams and had to schedule a private workout to balance out the workload. Who knows?