Browns General Manager John Dorsey has never shied away from players character concerns in the later rounds of the draft.
Now his new team has taken another chance, on a guy who will fit in comfortably there.
The Browns traded up with the Patriots, and with the 105th overall pick selected Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
Callaway admitted to failing a marijuana test at the Scouting Combine, which is the latest in a long string of incidents for him. He was dismissed from the team at Florida for off-field issues, and didn’t play last season. He was the team’s leading receiver in 2016 and was an All-American return man as a freshman in 2015.
The crowds are also sparse in the shots behind the NFLN and ESPN desks, with a small fraction of the numbers who were present two days ago. (MDS has posted visual evidence as to all three observations.)
It’s not a surprise. For as big of a deal as Thursday night has become, Saturday is still a snooze-fest, no matter how many times the NFL or ESPN reminds us that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. Even though starters, Pro Bowlers, and maybe even a Hall of Famer will be drafted today, the interest isn’t there, hasn’t been there, never will be there.
That’s why the NFL should consider splitting the hosting of the draft between two cities, with one handling the first two nights and a new city getting the third day.
Instead, the Ravens initially traded down from No. 16 to No. 22 with the Bills, picking up a third-round pick (No. 65) and also giving up a fifth-rounder (No. 154). Then the Ravens went back three more spots in a deal with the Titans, getting a fourth-round pick (No. 125) and throwing in a sixth-rounder (No. 215).
The Ravens then picked tight end Hayden Hurst (not Jackson) at No. 25, before leaping back to No. 32 in order to get Jackson. To get Jackson, the Ravens gave up their second-rounder (No. 52), a 2019 second-round pick, and a seven-spot flip-flop of fourth-rounder picks in 2018. They also had to sweat out the possibility of another team taking Jackson — including the Patriots not once but twice.