Derek Carr, considered the No. 4 quarterback by many mock-draftniks in the weeks leading up to May's NFL Draft, worked out for the Browns Monday. Cleveland has two first-round picks this year -- No. 4 and No. 26 -- and with only Brian Hoyer (who is recovering from ACL surgery) and Alex Tanney on the depth chart, the team will almost certainly draft a quarterback early.
There were reports in late February that the Browns preferred Carr to Johnny Manziel, and on Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot suggested that the organization could target Carr with the No. 4 pick.
On Tuesday, Carr said his workout was a resounding success.
“It went so good,” the former Fresno St. quarterback told SiriusXM's Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez (via PFT). “Everything went great. It went exactly how we wanted it to and now, of course, we just wait till May and see how they're feeling.”
General manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains were all watching closely as Carr went through his workout.
“Coach Shanahan runs the workout,” Carr said. “So we do their drills, and they really want to tire you out. When you're doing the individual drills, they really try to tire you out, see how you're feeling, really grind you a little bit. And then you go into throwing routes. You throw routes while you're tired, like a football game. So after all that, you do some bootlegs and they want to see how you move on the run when you're tired. Then we do some reads that they have. Then [you] say, ‘If you want to see anything else, we'll show you whatever you want to see to make you feel comfortable.' That's one thing: I want every team to feel they got to see everything they wanted when they leave Fresno. So it was a great experience.”
The Browns were conspicuously absent from Manziel's pro day last week, but Pettine explained the team's thinking.
"We've always felt -- I felt this way coming in and Ray has to -- that you get a lot more out of a private workout when it's a little less scripted or it's scripted the way you want it scripted, where you can kind of throw some curveballs at a player and see how they react to it. It's like the difference between a guy hitting home runs at batting practice vs. live pitching,'' he said. "I think it's important you get that concentrated view of a player instead of something that's borderline artificial. We certainly get the video of the pro days and see them, so you kind of get the best of both worlds.''
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Browns will hold private workouts for Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater -- considered the top three quarterbacks in this draft class -- in the coming days and weeks.
As far as Carr's concerned, he's every bit the quarterback as the Big 3.
"From the evaluations I've got and from the meetings I've had, I don't care what those rankings are,'' he said. "I know what I've heard and what they've said to me. They're not going to sugarcoat anything for me. I love what people say outside of those circles. It's fun for me to hear because I know what the teams are saying and what they're telling me. It's been really good so far.”