With three months remaining until the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns decided to dismiss the team s CEO and general manager. Ray Farmer, formerly the team s assistant general manager, will now lead the organization as general manager.
It won t be an easy task for Farmer. He has a massive decision to make with the No. 4 overall selection in May s draft. The Browns desperately need an upgrade at quarterback. It will be the most important decision for the franchise as it moves forward.
The three most likely options are Lousville s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M s Johnny Manziel and UCF s Blake Bortles. Bortles seems the logical choice of the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick, and Manziel may not be available at No. 4.
If Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, who previously served as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, sees some Russell Wilson in Manziel, the Browns may actually be left with the best option to fit their needs.
Farmer discussed what he looks for in a quarterback during an interview at the Senior Bowl with the Browns Radio Network s Dustin Fox:
The No. 1 and most critical variable is the ability to make decisions. How quickly he can decipher what s going on, what s happening, what s the defense doing, where is the rush coming form. How much information can you process in two and a half seconds. ... And it s not just about those two and a half. It s the five seconds at the line of scrimmage. It s while you re standing in the huddle, you re mentally going through situations.
Bridgewater is the most advanced passer among the quarterbacks discussed. Part of the reason he s considered a top quarterback prospect is due to his football intelligence. Bridgewater is a highly regarded student in the class room, and he was given full autonomy within the Cardinals offense.
The Cardinals went as far as Bridgewater took them, and he could do the same in Cleveland with the Browns.
Now on to this week s mock draft...
Blake Bortles, QB UCF
Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville
Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina
Greg Robinson, OT Auburn
Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo
Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
Anthony Barr, LB UCLA
Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame
Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State
Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama
Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
Dee Ford, DE Auburn
Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama
Marqise Lee, WR USC
Jason Verrett, CB TCU
Kony Ealy, DE Missouri
C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama
Morgan Moses, OT Virginia
Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU
Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech
Louis Nix III, NT Notre Dame
David Yankey, OG Stanford
Ra Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota