As the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is now just hours away, Cleveland Browns fans are wondering if their team will draft yet another quarterback in the first round. The latest rumors suggest that could be the case, and the Browns’ brass might set the franchise back yet again with another bad pick: Teddy Bridgewater.
One day after it was reported Browns owner Jimmy Haslam won’t force his GM, Ray Farmer, to draft Johnny Manziel, an ESPN report stated Cleveland has Bridgewater as the top quarterback on its draft board. While the consensus thought among mock drafters is the Browns will take Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall, another report citing the Jacksonville Jaguars’ interest in him at No. 3 could derail those plans.
Of course, the Browns could take Texas A&M stud pass-catcher Mike Evans if Watkins is off the board, but many believe that would be too high for Manziel’s former college buddy. Thus, the Browns could shift their focus to a quarterback if Watkins is off the board.
Bridgewater was long the consensus top passer in this year’s class until his rough Pro Day, at which he missed several throws to familiar receivers in a scripted, reheard workout while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. While the amount of stock put into Pro Days varies widely among scouts, Bridgewater’s shaky performance undoubtedly scared many and knocked the former Louisville star down many draft boards.
However, an “expensive study” done by the Browns found that Bridgewater is the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Of course, that should be taken with a grain of salt considering Cleveland’s recent draft history. We’ll find out on Thursday night whether or not the Browns trust that study.
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