Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, Louisiana State outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo and Arizona quarterback Matt Scott have pre-draft visits with the Browns today, league sources confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
Each NFL team is permitted to host a maximum of 30 national prospects for visits until one week before the draft, which runs April 25-27. The Browns plan to meet their allotment.
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley had visits with the Browns on Tuesday, sources said.
Mingo’s visit with the Browns is scheduled to continue Thursday, and Scott is set to leave Northeast Ohio Thursday morning for a visit with the Denver Broncos, sources said. Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills is flying to Cleveland today and will visit the Browns on Thursday, a source said.
In addition to his visit with the Browns, the 6-foot-2, 294-pound Richardson told the Kansas City Star last month that he had a private workout set up with Cleveland. Many draft analysts project Richardson as a top-15 pick.
After spending two years in junior college (College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.), Richardson started 13 of the 24 games in which he appeared at Missouri. As a junior last season, he had 75 tackles, including 10 1/2 for loss and four sacks, to go along with three forced fumbles, a blocked kick and two fumble recoveries.
The 6-4, 241-pound Mingo has a shot to become a top-10 pick, according to several projections from draft publications and websites. He compiled 14 sacks the past three seasons.
As a junior last season, Mingo tallied 38 tackles, including 8½ for loss and 4½ sacks. In 2011, he had 46 tackles, including 15 for loss and seven sacks. He has already conducted a private workout for the Browns, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Scott as a third- or fourth-round pick. The 6-2, 213-pound Scott has the mobility needed to run a read-option offense, which Browns coach Rob Chudzinski used the past two seasons while serving as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
ESPN’s Todd McShay recently used Twitter to praise Scott for his competitive temperament, toughness in the pocket, above-average accuracy, quick release and mobility.
“When we look back in 5 yrs, won't be surprised if Scott is steal of ‘13 QB class,” McShay wrote on Twitter.
The Browns have studied several other quarterbacks throughout the pre-draft process. Their previously reported private workout with West Virginia’s Geno Smith, the top-rated quarterback in this year’s class, will be held Saturday, according to Rapoport. Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Florida State’s EJ Manuel worked out for the Browns last week.
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