Cleveland Browns

Dorsey didn’t show his hand during pre-draft media session

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Browns general manager John Dorsey during his pre-draft press conference (photo via Browns.com)

Browns general manager John Dorsey met with the media for the final time on Thursday morning for his pre-draft press conference, just seven days away from a very important NFL Draft for the franchise.

Dorsey emphasized several times during the session that it’s a process for him leading up to the draft about how he does things and with it still being seven days away, he says the process still isn’t complete.

He did reveal that he was meeting with the offensive and defensive coaching staffs along with the scouting department over the next two days to let those coaches make their voices be heard on prospects they’re interested in to potentially convince Dorsey to draft them over the three day draft next weekend.

Much of the press conference was about the quarterback prospects as it should be because it’s the most important position in football and the Browns clearly don’t have a long term answer at quarterback.

He squashed a report that “Friend of Dorsey” told MMQB’s Peter King that the Browns were drafting Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the top pick. Dorsey said that he goes “black” during the final month where he doesn’t listen to the radio, watch TV or read the newspaper so he doesn’t know where these rumors come from.

When asked about what he looks for in a QB, Dorsey gave these answers

  • “The only thing I really care about is do the guys win?”
  • “Does he have accuracy?”
  • “Does he have a strong arm?”
  • “Can he throw the ball in the red zone and in tight windows?”
  • “Can he drive the ball?”
  • “At the end of the game, does he win? That is kind of what I look for?”

He did say he cares about hand size especially at the end of the season where the rain and snow becomes a element, many fans immediately drew to the conclusion that Allen is indeed the pick because of his 10 inch plus hand size but all the top quarterbacks have a good enough hand size to play in the NFL.

Dorsey also didn’t say that Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was out of the mix at #1 and also said Barkley, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Bradley Chubb didn’t have any major questions about them which is why they didn’t bring them in for a draft visit.

Also when asked about potentially trading the picks, Dorsey stated his phone always rings when receiving calls from other teams and he would expect trade talks to heat up on draft day, which he answered with a big smile on his face.

Dorsey is a veteran of the game and knows not to show all his cards too early and he played this the right way on Thursday and has been playing it right since taking over in December. He’s determined to wake up what he calls the Browns the “sleeping giant” of the National Football League.

With the ammo in front of him, a strong draft come next Thursday along with the moves he’s already made, the “sleeping giant” could start to wake after next weekend.

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