At this time of year, it is not uncommon at all for teams to visit with a number of different players in preparation for the NFL Draft. Teams want to cover all their bases and meet with as many players as they can, from surefire picks to guys someone in the front office probably once referred to as “oh, uh, yeah we can visit with him too.”
The Browns, believe it or not, are like other teams and have been meeting with players, including Florida’s Tim Tebow. More importantly, the team has visited with Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. Even with the recent acquisition of cornerback Sheldon Brown, the Browns are looking at a cornerback that, to some, could be rated higher than the other highly-touted cornerback in the draft in Joe Haden.
I don’t believe the Browns are looking to draft McCourty as high as the seventh overall pick because most mock drafts have McCourty landing in the late first to early second round. What is interesting about this is that it could signify that the Browns are at least preparing for the possibility of trading the seventh pick and doing what they did last year, which is trading picks like actually choosing a player was some kind of disease.
It will be interesting to see how Mike Holmgren handles his first draft with the Browns, but I get the feeling that this is not the type of front office that wants to get locked in a contract dispute with a player all the way through training camp and, potentially, into the season. If that is true, and the Browns truly desire to trade the pick for more selections in later rounds, I am perfectly fine with that.