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.