The Cleveland Browns chose the best player available in Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 selection. The Browns also hold the No. 26 pick in the draft and decide to target a quarterback, a position of futility for the Browns franchise since their return in 1999.
With the No. 26 pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns select Fresno State QB Derek Carr. It’s been widely thought that the Browns would target Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel, but Cleveland has been extremely high on the younger brother of NFL free agent David Carr. Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine has praised Carr’s throwing ability and it’s been reported that the Browns believe Carr is the answer to their lack of a franchise quarterback.
At Fresno State, Carr showed improvement in each of his three years as the starter. He finished his career with 12, 843 yards passing and 113 touchdowns. But what has surprised many around the league is his athleticism. At the combine, Carr ran a 4.69 forty and was second among quarterbacks in the vertical leap. This kind of ability mixed with a strong pocket awareness could prove to be beneficial for a Browns team that is still lacking a solidified offensive line.
Carr will have to compete with incumbent starter Brian Hoyer throughout training camp and the preseason, but he would be benefitting from the fact that the entire offense is learning new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.
In the first round of the draft, the Browns are able to nab the best player available and the quarterback who they have been consistently praising in the media. In Carr’s selection, the Browns duplicate the 2007 and 2012 draft in which they chose quarterbacks (Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden) with their second of two picks in the first round. In 2014, Cleveland is not looking for history to repeat itself, and the Browns are hoping Carr is the answer to their quarterback woes.