Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL GM for a Day: Cleveland Browns

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Another team with an intriguing spot in the 2014 NFL Draft is the Cleveland Browns. One might almost want to make a movie about it. With the 4th and the 26th picks, the Browns can definitely make a splash. Not knowing how the top pick is going to play out definitely adds the mystery to how the rest of the picks will go. What would you do if you were the Cleveland Browns GM for a day?

Seems like being the Cleveland Browns general manager might just be a one day job anyway with their recent turnover. As risky as it is for a team to pick a quarterback in the first round I don’t see how the Browns pass up on any of the available quarterbacks at the fourth spot. Sure, they’re going to hope like hell they’re not drafting the next Tim Couch but this is their current quarterback depth chart:

  • Brian Hoyer
  • Alex Tanney
  • Vince Young
  • Tyler Thigpen

That’s not a joke, that’s their actual depth chart.

Depending on how the top three picks play out the Browns could have their pick between either Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, or Teddy Bridgewater. Any of those guys could be an upgrade at the quarterback position. The Browns need to only look within their own division to see the value a true franchise quarterback adds to the team.

With the No. 26 pick the Browns could go in a couple different directions. They could address their needs in the secondary with either Kyle Fuller or Jason Verrett. Or they could stay with the offense for the first round and take a receiver or tight end, depending on who is still there.

If I were the general manager of the Browns I’d definitely take the best quarterback available with the fourth pick. I’d also be kind of hoping that it’s not Johnny Manziel because something tells me that if he is going to be a bust in the NFL, being on the Browns might just ensure it.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Blake Bortles Brian Hoyer Cleveland Browns Derek Carr Johnny Manziel NFL Teddy Bridgewater Vince Young

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