Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer on drafting a QB: ‘We might not go that direction’

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of New England

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of New England

Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, the popular assumption is that the Cleveland Brown will be looking to land themselves a franchise quarterback. Whether that be Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or someone else, the opinion is that this is what this team ultimately needs.

Although, new team general manager, Ray Farmer, might be seeing it a bit differently.

While he obviously won’t completely rule out the possibility of taking a signal caller in May with their fourth overall pick, he also didn’t claim it to be a certainty either:

“It could be safe, but we might not go that direction,” Farmer said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It may not be what everybody thinks it’s going to be, so there’s an opportunity for some curveballs.”

You can definitely make an argument either way.

In regards to the team needing a QB, the position as a whole is in some shambles with Brandon Weeden–their last first round pick at the position–reportedly wanting out and not really having anyone else behind him proving to be a definitive franchise option under center.

However, in the time that Brian Hoyer did spend at quarterback last season before suffering an injury, he did show some flashes of maybe being the answer down the road at some point.

If Farmer is any indication, we won’t know what they’re going to do with that fourth pick until the announcement is actually made.

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns

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  • David Hutton

    Brian Hoyer played TWO games, and had three interceptions in the first game. If you think a career backup is the quarterback of the future, there is a problem. The Browns haven’t competed because they have had 20 starting QBs since 1999 – they need to find that franchise quarterback and let it go. If they had a solid QB last year, they could have won a couple more games. It all starts at QB in this league and Ray Farmer better learn that real quick.

  • Kopernicus

    You build a OL first. Plenty of cap room to do that.

    Then a young QB can develop normally if you decide to toss him out there his rookie year.

    The mistake the Browns always make is throwing people out there without an OL and/or letting the fans pressure the team into a back-up.

    Hoyer is too slender to take many hits in the league.

    • freeme10

      What are you talking about? Cleveland has Alex Mack and Joe Thomas. That is more of an O-Line than most.

  • freeme10

    We can get a QB with our second 3rd round pick – draft A.J. McCarron. Add Sammy Watkins to the fold with the first pick. Hoyer will do just fine while McCarron gets up to speed. Almost a diamond in a rough pick, but a smart pick.

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