According to some very strong hints by his twin brother Rex, head coach of the New York Jets, it would seem that Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wanted to draft Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson with the seventh overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft. Instead, the Browns drafted Florida cornerback Joe Haden, while Wilson fell to the Jets with the 29th pick.
During his press conference, Rex Ryan said, “There is somebody that I really know well for a long time that basically said that he was their guy and they picked a lot earlier than us.” All signs would obviously point to his brother, Rob, but no one really knows if that’s what he meant. The Browns were supposedly debating between drafting either Haden or Wilson, though that was denied by GM Tom Heckert.
Either way, that’s not something a coach should be throwing out there. The NFL Draft is obviously a crapshoot, and every team debates nearly every pick, so there is no reason an opposing coach should be mentioning the dissenting opinions of another team, especially if the information received is from the brother of the opposing coach.