The draft scenarios are endless for the Cleveland Browns, but selecting Teddy Bridgewater is not one of them.
Sources have “leaked” information that GM Ray Farmer is absolutely crazy for Bridgewater and that he would even consider trading up from the fourth pick to nab the young quarterback. This of course, is just a smoke screen to try and prevent Johnny Manziel from landing with the Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars.
There would be nothing wrong with the Browns selecting Bridgewater, as he is competitive player who has the ability to lead a team. He has also shown that he is one of the toughest quarterbacks in his class. With 3,970 passing yards, 31 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in 2013, Bridgewater is a solid addition to any team. I think he would have difficulty being a starter as a rookie, but he has the work ethic and talent to eventually become a franchise quarterback.
Now that Bridgewater’s stock has been falling over the last several weeks, and the fact that Blake Bortles is slowly losing his title as one of the most complete players in the draft, Cleveland is worried that Manziel could be off the board before it has a chance to draft him. It now looks close to impossible for the Browns to land Johnny Football with the 26th pick in the first round, so the team is going to be forced to scoop Manziel up with the fourth-overall pick in the draft.
Hearing these rumors revolving around Bridgewater and the Browns is very surprising, but it ultimately is a strategy to protect a player that Cleveland has not been shy about gushing over. The fact that other sources have just recently released the news that the team has absolutely no interest in Manziel coincides with the Bridgewater reports perfectly.
The rumors will continue to grow as the 2014 NFL Draft draws closer, but the only way Bridgewater will have a Browns uniform on is if he makes a custom one online.