Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that they were very close to drafting wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick.
Farmer told me that before the Browns made the trade with Buffalo to move from fourth to ninth in the first round, “We were very close to turning in the card. We very easily could have turned in the card with Sammy’s name on it.” I wondered if he would have regrets about passing on him and taking cornerback Justin Gilbert if Watkins turned into a Randy Moss-type talent. “Even if Sammy turns into Randy Moss, Justin Gilbert can be every bit as good as Patrick Peterson. That’s how much talent he has. And in the game today, I feel cornerbacks are as important as wide receivers, and maybe harder to find. So I have no regrets about it, no.”
Watkins would have been the better pick. The Browns need a receiver more than a cornerback. Especially with Josh Gordon’s latest incident with the NFL.