GM Ray Farmer Says He Has The No. 1-3 Choices Lined Up In His Mind
The Cleveland Browns have invited Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to try out for the team during a three-day mini-camp that starts next Tuesday.
The new general manager of the Browns, Ray Farmer is looking to add some depth at the quarterback position ahead of the upcoming NFL draft. Fans of the team have been urging the head office to pick a quarterback as the top choice for the 4th overall selection in the first round. Farmer says he has a few choices in mind of his own though, and has narrowed his top five down to three.
"At least from internally, I feel like No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 are starting to shape up in my mind. I do. I think there are, I would say, five options I think go one, two and three. I think I'm starting to narrow it down, at least in my head," Farmer said. "Inevitably, you start to kind of slide down the scale of what are those options and what do they look like and what teams may be considering based on the information that we have."
The Browns may end up trading away their selection for more draft picks if the projected player they want ends up getting taken by another team before they can snatch him up. This would shore up more picks for the current 2014 draft and possible choices over the next few years.
"It's a good debate. It's a great question. I would then tell you it depends on what positions they play," Farmer said. "The question is can you get the right guys for the Browns is what we're really focused on. It's not a one-year reclamation project. It's not all going to be done when the draft ends."
Johnny Manziel has been on the radar for a lot of teams since his announcement to leave Texas A&M and join the draft this year. If he ends up going in the draft prior to the Browns pick, they may be left with few options on the offensive side of the ball.
The Browns are hoping that Young or Thigpen will at least provide them with the glue they need at the quarterback position until they can find a suitable franchise player at the position. If not they could end up calling in other prospects to try out for the team before summer camp starts.
Young started for the Tennessee Titans during the 2006 to 2011 seasons. He completed 57.9 percent of his passes with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions during his 50 starts according to ESPN.