Watson still an option for Browns despite skipping Senior Bowl

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The Cleveland Browns hold the top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but will not get the chance to coach one of their possible targets after DeShaun Watson chose to skip the Senior Bowl.

Watson helped Clemson defeat Alabama in the college football National Championship game and is viewed as one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, Watson will not take part in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, passing up the opportunity to be coached by Hue Jackson and the Browns' staff - who will be in charge of the South team - all week.

But head coach Jackson says Watson's absence will not affect their evaluation of him.

"There are going to be other guys that are not participating either, so I won't hold it against him,'' Jackson said. 

"I don't think that's the right thing to do. He's still a draftable player, there's still a process we have to go through to evaluate him and see if he can fit here with the Cleveland Browns.

"I think he's a high-character guy,'' Jackson said. "I think he's made of the right stuff. I don't think there's anything malicious about his decision. I just think he's like a lot of guys who have made this decision to do what's best for them.''

As well as the first overall pick, the Browns hold the 12th selection in the draft and are thought to also be interested in quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer from North Carolina and Notre Dame.