I don’t know if Hue Jackson or Moneyball executive Paul DePodesta is making the Cleveland Browns draft choices but they are finding different ways to agitate me. The Browns took six wide receivers with 14 draft picks, including Jordan Payton of UCLA above. Six wide receivers!
Who do they think they are, USC? The Trojans have 13 wide receivers on scholarship. No wonder Pat Haden interviewed Jackson. I give Jackson/DePodesta credit for taking Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright in the seventh round.
An ideal situation for USC cornerback Kevon Seymour, who goes to the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round. Why? Former USC safeties Dennis Thurman and Tim McDonald are the Bills’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach. They liked Seymour at USC’s Pro Day and will nurture him. He will also be reunited with former USC cornerback Nickell Robey.
UPDATED: Seymour’s reaction: “I got some big brothers up there, Nickell Robey and Robert Woods I played with in college. It’s going to be great.”
Last fall, USC athletic director Pat Haden had a phone interview, about 15 minutes I was told, with Hue Jackson about the USC job. It was a disservice to Jackson or any coach to get such a trivial interview for a job with the importance/prestige of USC. But considering Jackson drafted Cody Kessler in the third round, maybe it wasn’t.
So USC actually had a third-round QB last season? Then why did the Trojans go 8-6 and the offense look ineffective late in games? Remember the Holiday Bowl? The first Stanford loss? Perhaps Hue Jackson can answer that question.
Oh my. Cody Kessler in the third round? This is an amazing pick. And I covered Browns coach Hue Jackson when he was a heavily criticized offensive coordinator at USC. Great pick, Hue! He always acted like he knew more than everyone else. He better be one great evaluator with this pick.
At least it won’t turn out to be as much of a bomb for the Browns as Johnny Manziel.
USC linebacker Su’a Cravens is taken by the Washington Redskins with the 53rd pick of the second round of the NFL draft.
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock: “He’s a really good matchup with pass-catching tight ends. This guy does a lot of jobs. They asked him to do a bunch of stuff. They asked him to tackle in the run game. They asked him to match up in the pass game. They asked him to play special teams. That’s a really solid 2nd-round pick.”