No Barkley, Chubb visits with Browns

By | April 13, 2018

No Barkley, Chubb visits with Browns … Interesting story out of Cleveland where the Browns, who have the 1st and 4th picks in this month’s draft, reportedly will not have either Penn State RB Saquon Barkley nor NC State DE Bradley Chubb in among their 30 allotted pre-draft visits. Its odd because the two are widely considered to be the most likely players the Browns select with the 4th pick. In fact, the Browns haven’t had much to do with either during the pre-draft process. They also have not held private workouts with either and didn’t even interview Barkley at the combine. The attention the Browns have paid to the pair also pales in comparison to what they have been doing with the top QB prospects whom they have been all over the past few weeks. It could simply be that the Browns feel they already have enough information on the two players, although the general tendency is for NFL teams to want more information than less, particularly in the case of Barkley whom Cleveland has had under consideration for the #1 pick overall. It has also led to speculation that the Browns already have an agreement in place to deal out of the 4th pick and move farther down the draft where players like Barkley and Chubb would be out of reach, although Washington DT Vita Vea, who figures to go around the 10th pick, is the only other first round prospect other than the QBs that the Browns have reportedly had in for a pre-draft visit. In fact, Barkley may go down as one of the most ignored potential #1 picks ever. Recall that no senior execs or NFL head coaches – heck there weren’t even any RB coaches – attended his pro day; he has had no private workouts with any team; and he’s had only one reported pre-draft visit, that with the Giants. Odd to say the least, although  heis a very clean prospect. Meanwhile, Chubb has at least had visits with the Giants, Bears and Tampa Bay. Stay tuned!