Saturday, March 27, 2010
Source: Earl Thomas to visit Browns
By James Walker
It turns out the Cincinnati Bengals are not the only Ohio team interested in Earl Thomas. The Cleveland Browns want to take an extended look at the University of Texas safety, as well.
Cleveland will host Thomas for a two-day visit on April 5-6, according to a source. Thomas is widely regarded as the second-best safety in this year's NFL draft behind Tennessee's Eric Berry.
The Browns hold the No. 7 overall pick and are showing significant interest in defensive backs such as Thomas, Berry and Florida cornerback Joe Haden. That could be a strong indication of the front office's thinking and direction in the first round.
Thomas is an intriguing prospect who most scouts grade very close to Berry, a projected top-10 pick. If Berry goes early, as expected, this could help Thomas' draft stock with other teams looking for a playmaking safety.
Earlier this week the AFC North blog reported the Bengals, who hold the No. 21 overall pick, also will host Thomas on April 1-2.