If you were a blue-chip QB, and you were asked about your preferences, if any, about where you'd be drafted on the board, and to what team/city, what would you say?
I realize it's easy sitting at a keyboard speculating, especially with 30 years on most of these kids.
But while some might not see Cleveland as an attractive landing spot, being drafted #1 is a really big deal, but even MORE SO than that, to me how great would it be to step in on the ground floor there, when there's nowhere to go but up, and with a lot of potential talent in the building and on its way in (we can assume)?
I think my response, if pushed, would include very specific things. "If I'm chosen first by Cleveland, what a great opportunity to step in and help bring that organization back to prominence in the NFL."
Asked if the Browns step over them? "With the Giants next, to be drafted to New York and to be part of such a stories franchise, working and learning alongside a Hall of Famer like Eli Manning, I couldn't lose."
So on and so forth.
I also wonder if agents talk these kids through these things. They get paid a crap-load of money, too much, I think, for some of these highly touted talents to be saying anything but perfect things going into this process.
You have time to prepare and you're one of these sought-after talents - what are you saying to the media?
talking about all the upside of any of the top several teams that could possibly draft you.
Yeah, you might have preferences. But as they say, it's a business. So make smart business decisions.
Unless you can threaten to play baseball or want zero dealings with a certain FO( who'll draft you anyway and bleed what he can out of a team that really wants you).
"I want to go to a team that believes in me and is committed to winning. Playing in the NFL is a dream I have had since I was a small boy, and I am blessed that I may have the opportunity to do that."
There is no reason to talk about specific teams unless you want someone picking through them looking for disingenuous comments to throw back at you. The perfect answer for the media is always the answer that says the least.
I ll play wherever they want me
the most money, cars, and loose women.
So, I would have an easy transition from college.
if you legit had concerns with the browns YOU DO EVERYTHING you can to avoid them.
The money difference isn't that much and you'll hopefully make it up in the long run. Reputation hit can also be smoothed out over time/success (see ELi Manning)
Not worth IMO being in a bad situation.
I think that the Browns are not positioned any worse than we are.
to go to any team that drafted you. Period.
Zero pressure and a boat-load of fellow very high quality young players to start a winning tradition.
First thing you need to do is learn your cliches!
"I just want to give my best shot and the Good Lord willing, things will work out"
Or maybe you prefer him to get drafted by Cleveland abd then force a trade to Giants a la Eli Manning?
"If I'm chosen first by Cleveland, what a great opportunity to step in and help bring that organization back to prominence in the NFL."
Has pretty much been said by every Browns pick from Tim Couch through Johnny Manziel.
I wouldn't blame Darnold or Rosen for pulling an Eli. Rosen pretty much has already.
Better to be Aaron Rodgers than Alex Smith. Not ON draft day, but career-wise.
Cleveland actually does have another place to go besides "up".
They can stay right the hell where they've been for a while now...in last place.
About the teams I may be considered by than I have right know in order to answer this question.
I fight where I'm told, and I win where I fight."
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| Or maybe you prefer him to get drafted by Cleveland abd then force a trade to Giants a la Eli Manning?
Iím not sure if youíre saying Iím taking a shot at Rosen?
Not at all.
That thread just got me thinking about the subject in general.