NFL Draft rumors: Browns GM knows what quarterback he prefers

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of New England’s 27-26 win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and they are fully expected to target one of the top signal-callers with their first pick in thedraft. While it could be a daunting task for new general manager Ray Farmer, he sounds like a man who has already has a player in mind.

Farmer was asked if he knows what quarterback he would prefer to select and he responded with a very candid answer.

“Yes, I do,” Farmer said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’ve studied the quarterbacks and I’ve studied other players, and I’ve already started to formulate the rank and order of each position. I do know what I’d do if I was held down at the moment. It doesn’t mean that can’t change, but I currently have somebody in front.”

Of course, that leaves the door open for Cleveland using their second first-round pick on a quarterback and going with an impact player with the No. 4 overall selection, which Farmer made clear.

“I’d say that No. 4 is not necessarily where I would take the guy that I like,” Farmer said. “Again, it may not be the name that everybody thinks is the latest, greatest, and the easy one to spot. There’s definitely an art to selecting people in the draft and it’s finding the right name that fits who you want to be.

“I haven’t revealed to many people who that person is that I may like. I think it’s an interesting debate. If I were to say ‘I like player A’ I don’t know if it poisons the pool. I’ll let everybody else have the conversations before I comment. They might say ‘I like player A too’ instead of giving honest feedback.”

If Farmer doesn’t have a high evaluation on any of the quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class, it will be interesting to see whether they would flirt with drafting star wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth-pick to pair with Josh Gordon.

Cleveland could then target the best available signal-caller with their second pick, but that is always a risky move.

If Cleveland believes one of the quarterbacks in the class would be able to help improve their offense from Day 1 and develop in to a franchise signal-caller, they would be wise to go that direction when they are on the clock.

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns, NFL Draft

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  • Todd Limpert

    How do you doing either signal callers from day one and started the NFL maybe if they two I guess that’s why you just write sports columns and Ray Farmer now makes millions and picks NFL players because that’s what he knows best

    • daddy wags

      What?

      • Todd Limpert

        It was a glich i tried to speak it through my phone it came out garbled. And by mistake posted

  • Gary

    Somebody from Cleveland needs to use their head for once. Don’t pick the most popular. Pick who fits the team the best. I really hope they don’t pick Manziel. He isn’t the answer. Too much baggage. Too much of a ego and not a total team player. Needs a few years to grow up. If he can.
    Browns would be a better team with Borltes or Brdigewater. But, Cleveland is known for poor decisions.

    • Josh Hart

      Pretty sure the media is who gave Manziel this so called huge ego and baggage. He doesn’t have any problem being a team player and leading them when he’s needed to from what I’ve seen. Not saying I want him as a Brown, but those aren’t reasons to pass on him.

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