NFL teams will do almost anything to ace the NFL draft.
Every year, the league’s 32 franchises go to greater lengths in the hopes of identifying the best players from the ranks of college football. They evaluate game tape and study statistics, they put prospects through physical tests and individual workouts, they assign psychologists and investigators to dig into their backgrounds.
By the time they’re done, they can tell you if a player packed bologna or turkey sandwiches for lunch in third grade.
Then, they take all this information and spend a first-round pick on Brandon Weeden.
This isn’t to make fun of the Cleveland Browns. Every NFL team from the Seahawks to the Patriots commits these sorts of head-scratching picks at some point or another. (OK, maybe Cleveland seems to do it a little more often than most.)