Cleveland Browns: Don’t expect too much from Combine press conferences
The Cleveland Browns will have several individuals speak at the NFL Combine, but don’t expect to learn too much about the team’s plans.
The NFL Combine begins in just a few days, marking the first significant event for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 offseason. The scouting done at the Combine should help the front office decide who to draft in April, while also weeding out those who may not be good fits.
Both Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown will be part of the Browns’ contingent in Indianapolis, and both will be speaking to the media. Brown will be speaking March 1 at noon, while Jackson will get his turn on March 2 at 9 a.m.
Some fans may be gearing up to learn about the team’s plans during these press conferences, but we will only learn basic, surface-level information. No coach or executive wants to showcase any of the team’s plans during the Combine, so just expect some routine answers.
Both Brown and Jackson will talk about sticking to the current rebuilding process and improving after a 1-15 season, while Jackson may go into more detail about some players he likes in the draft class.
Both may have to answer questions about that harmless video featuring Myles Garrett asking to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it would be hard to imagine either Jackson or Brown caring too much about that. They want to win football games, and Garrett would certainly help the team do just that.
The quarterback position will also come up in conversation, and Jackson may bring up some positives about some of the prospects. But once again, he is not going to come out and say he loves Deshaun Watson or Mitch Trubisky. He is just there to scout, although it is hard not to have an early favorite at this point.
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These press conferences are more routine than anything, and there really isn’t much to discuss until the Browns actually select certain players. Then the praise or criticism can really begin. As always, there will surely be both.