|Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden.|
Looking at this picture I am almost...almost...swayed into believing that the Browns should draft Blackmon at #4 and then trade up to snag Weeden where ever else. The idea is to take the dynamic duo from Oklahoma State *together*, the star quarterback and his star receiver.
That idea becomes a bad one when you hear Blackmon talk about Cleveland. Let's just put aside whether or not Blackmon can play. I admit that Blackmon has the potential to be a solid receiver down the line. And I also admit that he can just as easily turn into Braylon Edwards in the attitude department.
I already had my mind made up that I thought Blackmon was a chucklehead. There are some red flags on his character waving around and we don't need that.
Then I heard him speak.
This week Blackmon made the sports talk rounds and he called into a local Cleveland sports talk station, and his fate was sealed in my mind. The hosts asked him what he thought about Cleveland and he giggled a little and spoke in generalities. He didn't thank Coach Shurmur for the visit. Blackmon could have just as easily been talking about visiting Dairy Queen as he was visiting a professional football training facility.
The hosts then asked him about playing for Colt McCoy and God as my witness, he giggled.
Before anyone starts hopping around on their pogo stick of righteousness - whining about Blackmon being 22 and young, just stop. The guy is coming from a major football program and if you think for a second university media relations hasn't worked with him, you are out of your mind. I'm sure he has people working with him now getting ready for the draft. So for him to not even acknowledge anyone he spoke to in Cleveland is a slam.
We get it, you don't want to be here. Be a professional and be grateful for the position you are in. Say thank you. Some folks will disagree with me and say that character doesn't matter, but I say it does. Character is why we welcome guys like Z back, but boo ferociously at LeFoolio.
Cleveland needs players that want to be a part of the community, not giggle at it.