Broncos, Browns kick off formal pre-draft visits
The Broncos announced that they hosted their first two pre-draft visitors Monday: Former LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson and Vanderbilt outside linebacker Stephen Weatherly.
Though all teams host these visits in the weeks leading up to the draft, some announce them publicly as the Broncos did and some do not. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported Monday that the Browns hosted Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman Monday, but the Browns’ policy is not to confirm these visits.
Robinson was dismissed by LSU and did not play last fall. At 6'1, he’s a big corner with athletic skills who clocked a 4.49 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine last month. Weatherly is an early entry to this year’s draft after two seasons as a starter at Vanderbilt. He had 10.5 sacks last fall.
Lynch is a possible first-round pick. He holds his formal Pro Day workout next week, though new Browns coach Hue Jackson has said he won’t attend because the Browns start their offseason workouts next Monday. They still can hold a private workout with Lynch.
Jackson and Browns associate head coach/quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton attended the Pro Day workouts of Carson Wentz of North Dakota State and Cal’s Jared Goff. Though Jackson has said the Browns need a quarterback and will be drafting one, the team’s signing of Robert Griffin III last week means the Browns could use the No. 2 overall pick on a player at a different position.
Coleman caught 20 touchdown passes last fall. He figures to be in the mix, along with Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss and Josh Doctson of TCU, to be the first wide receiver selected in this year’s draft.
Every team can host up to 30 visitors before the draft. These visits can not include on-field workouts; they serve as meet and greet sessions, and some teams quiz players on schemes and playbooks.