The Cleveland Browns have two first round picks (No. 4 and No. 26) in the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite possessing several solid playmakers on offense, the Browns desperately need a quarterback. The question is, which signal-caller will they target and when? Now we may have our answer.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah thinks the Browns will wait to grab a quarterback until the 26th pick, and he believes they will target Fresno State’s Derek Carr. Jeremiah claims he has heard such predictions from several people.
Carr is widely seen as sitting at the top of the second-tier of quarterback available in this year’s draft. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles constitute the top tier. The Browns apparently do not like Manziel and actually prefer Carr to him and the others right now.
There is a ton of top-end talent available in this year’s draft, so if the Browns pass on one of the top quarterbacks at No. 4, they should still come away with a player who can help them immediately.
Cleveland has wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron already on the roster, so whoever ends up at quarterback for the team will have great weapons at his disposal. The Browns need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line and also need to find a running back. But the fourth overall pick would not be a place to fill those spots.
The team has seven picks in the first four rounds of this year’s draft, so there will be ample opportunity to fill key needs.
Jeremiah believes the Browns won’t jump on a quarterback at No. 4, and if they don’t may wind up going with an edge player like Buffalo’s Khalil Mack or UCLA’s Anthony Barr, or a defensive lineman like Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan, or Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III. Cleveland could also pray that South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney falls to them, but that doesn’t seem likely. Ore they could attempt to trade down and stockpile more picks.
Frankly, if they like one of the top three quarterbacks and one is available, there is no way the Browns will pass him up at No. 4. The team has a solid defense and its major holes are on the other side of the ball. Now that D’Qwell Jackson has been cut there is an opening at inside linebacker, but No. 4 is far too high to go in that direction.
But Jeremiah thinks they Browns will target Carr at No. 26, which opens the door for pretty much anything at No. 4.