The Cleveland Browns are conducting an interesting search to improve their wide receiver group.
And the guy they are looking at has a recognizable name.
Duron Carter, son of Hall of Fame and Ohio State standout Cris Carter (also an ESPN analyst), is expected to fly to Cleveland on Thursday and spend time with the Browns on Friday, ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported.
Carter is an interesting guy -- and maybe he should not be expected to provide a dramatic immediate upgrade. He can, however, provide interesting competition at receiver.
He’s 6-foot-5, runs the 40 in the 4.5 range and was very productive in the CFL last season with 75 catches for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns.
And his Twitter bio reads: "Like father like son I'm destined to be great, it's in my blood."
Carter has drawn interest from Minnesota, Carolina, Washington and San Francisco in addition to the Browns. He said during his visit to the Vikings that Minnesota is his preference; Duron grew up there while his father played for the Vikings. Duron Carter is 23 and cannot sign until Feb. 10.
Carter spent 2009 at Ohio State, where he caught 13 passes as a true freshman. He was academically ineligible in his second semester and left Ohio State at the end of his freshman year.
He played one year at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where his quarterback tweeted that he was “lazy” and “a complete cancer.”
After leaving junior college, Carter was lured by Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Miami following that season.
He chose Alabama, had more academic eligibility issues, redshirted, was suspended in his second semester and transfered to Florida Atlantic for his senior season. When he was not allowed to play again because of academic issues, he left FAU.
His father Cris addressed his son’s journeys this way with USA Today last year:
"He didn't commit a crime, he has no tattoos, he has no kids, and he's a pleasant kid. His thing is he hates school, though. And I'm his dad. He's really bright; he's got an IQ over 130. He just hates school. We gave him the pretest on the Wonderlic. He got a 28. ... He. Just. Hates. School."
Duron signed with the Montreal Alouettes as an undrafted free agent in June 2013.