With the 2015 NFL Draft just days away, one might think that Browns general manager Ray Farmer would be hunkering in a bunker deep inside the club's complex in Berea. That's not exactly the case.
Farmer spent part of the past two days sharing meals with wide receiver prospects Breshad Perriman and Chris Conley, according to Pro Football Talk.
According to multiple reports, Farmer met with Perriman for dinner on Sunday night in Orlando and ate lunch with Conley on Monday afternoon "in the same geographic area," as Mike Florio of PFT wrote.
Perriman attended the University of Central Florida, flashing remarkable speed and athleticism in his three seasons as a Knight. A projected first round prospect, Perriman reeled in 50 receptions for 1,044 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2014.
Perriman's performance at UCF's pro day is even more impressive. The Lithonia, Georgia native logged a 40 yard dash time of 4.26, the third best time of all NFL draft prospects.
The 6'2, 212 pound wideout's stock has increased over the course of the past month, as Perriman has even been compared to Josh Gordon. As an added bonus, Perriman comes from good stock, as his father, Brett, played 10 seasons as a wideout in the NFL. (For a good read on Perriman, check out Kevin Jones' article on him over at ClevelandBrowns.com)
Conley is nearly identical to Perriman in several ways. Conley stands at 6'2, 213 pounds and notched a 40 time of 4.35 seconds at the Combine. Conley showed steady improvement over his four years at the University of Georgia, recording 36 receptions for 657 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. Also, as PFT pointed out, Conley notched a 45-inch vertical at the Combine, just one inch short of a Combine record.
The major difference between the two prospects is projected value. Unlike Perriman, Conley is expected to fall to the third round on Friday, as NFL teams have shown much more interest in the former Knight.
Conley, however, has a more interesting story off the field.
The Dallas, Georgia native wrote and directed "Retribution," a 26-minute Star Wars fan flick. Conley's production is available on YouTube, where the video has been viewed over 489,000 times since its release in July 2014. Rolling Stone even published an article on Conley and his film on Monday.
With the Browns' noted need at wideout, both Perriman and Conley could be viable options for the club in this weekend's draft. Either prospect could certainly be a new hope for the Browns at wide receiver.