Last year, the Cleveland Browns made headlines by dousing footballs with water at the pro days of top-ranked quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. This year, with the need for a quarterback perhaps as high as it has ever been, head coach Hue Jackson and Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown opted to skip Deshaun Watson’s pro day at Clemson.
Instead, it sounds like the Browns might be taking the route of holding private workouts this year. Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the team will hold both a private workout with Watson and have him in for a visit to Berea. A source also tells Cabot that the Browns “are believed to have conducted a private workout with another one of the top quarterback prospects on Thursday,” which figures to be a big reason they skipped Watson’s pro day.
It should be noted that the Browns, as well as the other 31 teams in the NFL, were still represented at the pro day.
It’s hard to get a pulse on how Watson’s pro day went. As Matt Miller of Bleacher Report pointed out, agendas might be creeping through when people assess him:
Hearing a lot of inconsistent comments from scouts at the Clemson pro day on Watson. Think it depends on if you liked him prior— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 16, 2017