Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts to a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Cleveland Browns want a QB at 26


Although the Cleveland Browns obviously want to see what they have in quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was limited to three games in 2013 because of a torn ACL, they would like to draft a quarterback they can develop.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns would like to take an elite prospect with the fourth pick and select a quarterback with the 26th overall pick.

Cleveland also holds pick No. 26, and I have continued to hear the thought process within the football operations department is receiver Sammy Watkins or possibly tackle Greg Robinson with the first pick, and then a quarterback at 26 (Carr, who I don’t believe will be there, or Teddy Bridgewater, who the Browns also have been high on). Manziel would be a distinctly good fit in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s style of offense, but trust me, coordinators don’t make this pick and especially not guys who were just let go after having their relationship with a young second-overall pick (Robert Griffin III in Washington) completely implode. It won’t be his pick; it very well might be the owner’s pick.

Getting an elite player and then a quarterback who the team believes they can develop is obviously a situation all teams would like to be in. The last time the Browns waited to take a quarterback late in the first round, they wound up with Brandon Weeden, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

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  • Josh Hart

    Let’s just hope somehow Bridgewater makes it to them there, and it’s not Weeden 2.0 (Carr).