Browns: Daniel Jeremiah,”Their guy is Derek Carr.”
By Peter Smith
Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network went on The Dan Patrick Show and talked about the Cleveland Browns and their possibilities in the NFL Draft.
“It had been so out there that the Browns love Manziel under the previous regime and I’ve talked to enough people that firmly believe that was a total smoke screen.”
“This is what I was told, Dan, was that their guy is Derek Carr and they’re gonna take a different player with the fourth pick and they want to take Derek Carr with their second one. So look, you believe what you want to believe, but I’ve heard that from several different places.”
This would disappoint any number of people in the media as well as the fanbase if any of it holds to be true. It would make me happy, provided they do not want to use that fourth pick on Sammy Watkins. Carr is one of only two quarterbacks that I have a first round grade on (the other being Teddy Bridgewater) and I think he would be a fantastic fit in Cleveland under Kyle Shanahan in the same mold as Jay Cutler was in Denver.
If the Browns can get Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack with the fourth pick and then get Carr, I would be ecstatic. I still think getting Carr would require trading up from 26th pick, but I think that is a doable scenario and would put the Browns in a great situation. And for those asking, I would have no problem putting Mack next to D’Qwell Jackson at inside linebacker and with Clowney, put him anywhere and send him. Greg Robinson, the offensive tackle from Auburn would certainly be fun at fourth pick, because he is an absolute mauler of a run blocker, but Clowney or Mack would be where I’m rooting in that scenario.
With a little over two months to go in the process, what is actually true is up in the air, but I would certainly be on board with this idea if they can make it happen. For what it’s worth, I have heard that Ray Farmer spent a substantial amount of time with Carr in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.