The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in trading up from the 26th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft in order to secure their favorite quarterback prospect, and there are so many reports out there on the Browns draft strategy that it is incredibly difficult to figure out what they want to do, especially at the quarterback position. Some reports say the Browns are high on Derek Carr, others say Bridgewater is their man, some have Johnny Manziel as the pick, and there are even a couple that hint at Blake Bortles being the top target at the position for the Browns.
Now, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns ideal draft would consist of the team selecting offensive tackle prospect Greg Robinson fourth overall, Teddy Bridgewater at 26, and then a top skill position player at WR or CB with the first pick in the second round, meaning that Carlos Hyde is a distinct possibility. Cabot adds that the Browns have indeed shown interest in trading up from 26 in order to secure their favorite QB prospect, and she reports that Ray Farmer’s “guy” is none other than Bridgewater, who has always been my top prospect.
That reported draft, which would reportedly be the Browns draft if everything went their way, is definitely a very strong one, as it upgrades their three biggest positions of need on offense. Adding Robinson would give the Browns a top-notch OT bookend with Mitchell Schwartz kicking inside, Bridgewater would finally give them a top franchise QB with plenty of polish, and they could use another talented skill position player to help him out.
Is this Bridgewater-Browns talk all just a near-draft smokescreen? That could easily be the case, as Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio explains here.