Report: Browns have lunch with WR Chris Conley
By Thomas Moore
Sep 20, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Chris Conley (31) runs the ball against Troy Trojans cornerback Ethan Davis (34) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Troy 66-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns had lunch with University of Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
General manager Ray Farmer and other team officials met with Conley a day after reportedly meeting with University of Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman.
Conley is projected to go in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday night in Chicago.
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According to his draft profile at NFL.com, the 6-foot-2 Conley is a “tall receiver who showed off blazing speed and explosiveness in the combine. Conley displays a natural feel for the position and has hand strength and body control to make tough, contested catches. Lacked gaudy numbers in run-heavy Georgia offense, but his productivity per catch will certainly be noticed by NFL teams. Issues with catching the ball consistently at the combine raised some eyebrows.”
Conley also raised eyebrows at the combine by running a 4.35 40-yard dash, third fastest among the wide receivers.
In addition, he may be one of the few draft prospects featured in an article in Forbes, where Conley talked about his desire to avoid the financial pitfall that many players fall into.
“Education. Education. Education,” Conley told Forbes. ”If you know how your money works and you’re disciplined enough not to spend like you’re still playing in the league, you shouldn’t be a part of that statistic. There is an attitude of living check-to-check, because those checks are sizable. It’s really one of the biggest pitfalls of this profession. It sometimes becomes a competition. It is sometimes a lack of education as to what is happening with your money.”
The Browns added wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline in free agency, and are returning Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin and Taylor Gabriel, but many still expect them to add a wide receiver at some point this weekend in the draft.
Meeting with Conley and Perriman could be a sign that Farmer is not done with adding to the wide receiver pool.
What do you think of the Browns interest in Chris Conley?