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Pettine: Ideally we pass on QB at 4

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2014 – 10:27 am

A couple of the major pivot points at the top of the draft board are at third overall with Jacksonville and fourth overall with Cleveland. Armed with a multitude of picks this year, many believe the Browns will take a quarterback. The question is when? With 10 total picks including three in the top 35 they don’t have to take a QB at four and from the sound of head coach Mike Pettine they may not.

The Browns held their pre-draft press conference the other day and also began their first veteran player minicamp. Following a practice Pettine told the Akron Beacon-Journal that taking a position player at four is the preferable play.

“That’s been a big part of the discussion in the draft room,” Pettine said of addressing quarterback. “That’s a position that we know, as many others, that we’re going to need to address, and you talk about where you’re going to do it and the impact that it’s going to have on the rest of the team. Certainly it’s an ideal situation if you can get that quarterback later in the draft and that way you’re drafting a position player at four. But we’re in the business of, I think, staying true to our sequence, that if our fourth-best player or somebody rated above that is there at the fourth pick that we’ll feel comfortable turning the card in regardless of what the position is.”

When GM Ray Farmer was asked if the Browns considered a quarterback worthy of the fourth pick in this year’s draft Farmer chose to plead the fifth and did not provide a direct answer.

Teams like the Bills are naturally hoping that the Browns or some other club ahead of them takes a quarterback knowing it will push more of the talent Buffalo is interested in down the board to them at nine.

 


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