LBS- According to Peter King of MMQB, the Browns asked Watson to play in the Senior Bowl, which likely would have put him on the South team coached by Cleveland coach Hue Jackson and his staff.
The Clemson quarterback was unmoved by the request and declined to play in the game, passing up the chance to give the team holding the No. 1 overall pick a close look at him.
“I get it,” Jackson said of Watson’s decision, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I understand where he is and I’m sure he understood what we wanted to accomplish. Again, he’s got to do what’s best for him. You only get drafted one time, and I respect that.
“Obviously we wish he were here. It would’ve been a great chance to have an opportunity to evaluate him doing the things we do in meetings and on the practice field. But that’s not going to happen, so we’ll have to find a different way of evaluating him.”
Shit, does this mean I have to start feeling bad for the Cleveland Browns? I think, at the very least, I have to start pitying them. It's one thing to be an awful organization that is looked down upon by every single athlete putting on football pads at the professional or collegiate level, but it's way more sad to be an awful organization that has no idea how people outside their facilities view them.
Now, it's very likely that a high profile prospect like Deshaun Watson never had the slightest of intentions of playing in the Senior Bowl, but do you know what definitely wasn't going to change his mind? A request from the franchise that he would rather drop out of the first round than get selected by first overall. If Hue Jackson really wanted to get a better look at the former Clemson star at the Senior Bowl then he should have suggested he stay home, because any signal caller with that much promise undoubtedly wants absolutely nothing to do with making a good impression on a city that has basically become a graveyard to the careers of quarterbacks.
I know that's how I would feel if I were at talented as him. If the Browns wanted to see me at the combine I'd tell them meet me at my pro day. If they wanted me to go vegan, I'd contact 'Johnsonville' sausage for an advertising gig. If they told me to jump I would super glue my shoes to the floor right where I was standing. It's obviously ridiculous to think that Deshaun Watson is making important career decisions in an attempt to sabotage a union between him and Cleveland, but I would bet a pretty penny that he's closer to going out of his way to disenchant Hue Jackson and his staff than he is to going out of his way to charm them.