By most accounts, the timing couldn’t better for the Cleveland Browns to need a wide receiver … or, perhaps, even two.
This year’s NFL draft appears to be as loaded with highly talented players at the position as any in recent memory.
For instance, one of the more highly anticipated Pro Days took place at Clemson Thursday because of a certain wide receiver regarded as one of the very best to emerge from the college ranks: Sammy Watkins.
Numerous Browns fans and other team observers have clamored for the team to select him with the fourth overall pick, the first of its two choices in the first round.
That is rarified air for any player, and some might argue that it is too high a spot for a wide receiver.
There also is understandable concern that, after Gordon and tight end
Still, the Browns have other ways they could go with the fourth pick. Quarterback is a distinct possibility, as is a pass-rushing outside linebacker, as is an offensive tackle.
If they decide not to take Watkins or any other receiver with their top choice, they could, at least based on the perception that the position is exceptionally deep, get a game-changing wideout with their second first-rounder, No. 26 overall.
The Browns might even be able to wait until the second round to address wide receiver.
Among the other highly rated receivers in the draft are Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Marqise Lee of USC, Odell Beckham of LSU, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt, Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State, Allen Robinson of Penn State, and Davante Adams of Fresno State.
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Evans chose not to work out at Texas A&M’s Pro Day Wednesday, allowing the blazing 4.53-second 40-yard dash he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine stand as the highlight of his pre-draft auditioning.
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