With the NFL Draft just seven days away, the Cleveland Browns have a very important decision to make with that fourth overall pick they currently are in possession of. Whether or not they take a quarterback–like Johnny Manziel–with that pick remains to be seen, but one thing that is clearly certain is that the team will take a signal caller at some point.
On Thursday, both head coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan met with the media, and Pettine made it clear that when it is time to select a quarterback, Shanahan will be the one with the final say, according to the Browns’ official website.
Pettine, who was hired following the firing of Rob Chudzinski after just one season, is a defensive-minded coach, and he pointed that out when expressing why Shanahan will make the final call.
“I know what a good [quarterback] looks like. But there are times where I can’t say why [that quarterback] is good,” said Pettine. on their evaluating process.”
The new Browns head coach, to stop any sort of controversy, then stressed that the two are on the same page with the draft process in regards to selecting a quarterback.
“We’ve gotten to the point where we are on the same page in what we are looking for,” said Pettine.”
Of course, if the team decides to pass up on the flare of someone such as Manziel early on, they do have that second pick in the first round where they will more than likely still have their pick of a number of players that can fit Shanahan’s style of offense.