INDIANAPOLIS — With 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft — including the No. 1 overall pick — the Cleveland Browns aren’t playing games when it comes to targeting prospective collegiate talent.
Except at the NFL combine.
Indiana guard Dan Feeney, one of the top interior line prospects in this spring’s draft crop, said Thursday afternoon that most teams he’d met with went through a fairly standard interview procedure at Indianapolis. But when he turned up to talk with the Browns, the Chicago native said he found Cleveland staffers messing around with a deck of cards.
“I said, ‘Hey, are we going to play blackjack or something?'” Feeney recalled with a chuckle as he met with reporters at the Indiana Convention Center.
Indiana G Dan Feeney said the #Browns spent his interview playing card tricks in order to test his memory. Analytics, man.
— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) March 2, 2017
Feeney said the interview went fine but admitted that it was unique among the NFL teams that tried to pick his brain.
After a rancid 1-15 campaign last fall, the Browns have needs — well, all over the map, but help at center or guard are among the most pressing. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Feeney projects as a first- or second-round selection and was tapped by NFLDraftScout.com as the top prospect at his position.