There is sexy and there is the 2013 NFL draft where the cover boys aren't quarterbacks.

The Browns will travel to watch West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith Saturday after earlier visiting with USC's Matt Barkley.

(Note: The NFL draft is two weeks away. I feel the need to offer that reminder because this is as close as Cleveland has come to being a draft dead zone. Never thought I'd see it.

What is it? Is this what happens when the best offensive talent at the top of the draft is probably guard Chance Warmack? Is it uncertainty over Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi?

Hard to say, but I suspect in part it's because the quarterbacks that teams are interested in traveling to watch are Geno Smith and Matt Barkley.)

Are the Browns just doing their homework in checking out quarterbacks? Are they playing poker?

My guess is they feel obliged to make sure they aren't passing over a franchise quarterback at No. 6. They're also strongly considering trading down. Armed with more picks, they'd want to be prepared if a quarterback falls to them.

Either way, who better than head coach Rob Chudzinski, who had Cam Newton in Carolina, to pass judgment on Smith?

He has been scorched in Pro Football Weekly for small hands, poor ball security, a lack of leadership and a questionable work ethic.

He has been lauded by Jon Gruden for his decision making and for a higher quarterback rating under defensive pressure.