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Ray Farmer: Best part of draft is that no one knows what we’ll do

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Browns General Manager Ray Farmer is running the front office in a draft for the first time and he’s enjoying himself.

As he should, what with Browns history saying it might be his only chance to run the show in Cleveland.

Specifically, though, Farmer likes that he’s been able to keep everyone guessing about what the team will do with their two first-round picks. Farmer said that he’s gone so far as to keep five or six names off the draft board in the locked room where it is kept in the event someone who isn’t authorized to be there happens to find their way into the inner sanctum.

“I recognize that everyone is going nuts, ‘They’ve got to take a quarterback!’ No one knows what we’re going to do, and that’s the best part about it,” Farmer said, via USA Today. “It’s good to lay low and in the weeds so that no one knows what you’re going to do.”

As part of the effort to keep things as cloudy as possible, Pettine and Farmer also said that quarterback Johnny Manziel is still in the discussion for the fourth pick after Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that the team will not be using that pick on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Even without Manziel, there are several ways for the Browns to go and it seems we’ll all just have to wait until the moment comes to find out the choice.

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34 Responses to “Ray Farmer: Best part of draft is that no one knows what we’ll do”
  1. wnbasuperfan says: May 8, 2014 10:42 AM

    I don’t even think Ray Farmer knows what the Browns will do.

  2. dietrich43 says: May 8, 2014 10:45 AM

    No one knows who they will draft, but everyone knows the sorrow of the Dawg Pound will not end.

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: May 8, 2014 10:48 AM

    I’ll take “screw it up” for $400, Alex.

  4. mustangbryk says: May 8, 2014 10:50 AM

    If Mack is availiable at #4 we take him for sure. If he is gone and watkins there we have to trade back. Watkins will never be a #1 wr. He is built to be a #2 or 3 wr which we have already. Trading back gives us a chance to maybe take Best CB or Olineman availiable.

  5. thegonz13 says: May 8, 2014 10:50 AM

    No one knows and quite frankly, I’ve gotten to a point where I’m not sure I care anymore.

    These two extra weeks have taken a toll on my patience and my interest in the whole thing!

  6. milkmandanimal says: May 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    You’re Cleveland; it’s not that nobody knows what you’re going to do, it’s that nobody actually cares.

  7. floratiotime says: May 8, 2014 10:53 AM

    And no one cares. It’s the Browns. It’ll be screwed up. Deal with it.

  8. 1harrypairatesties says: May 8, 2014 10:56 AM

    They’re gonna take Mandziel.

  9. maddog111 says: May 8, 2014 10:57 AM

    Yes we do. You’ll screw it up. That’s what you always do.

  10. rhcpvikings says: May 8, 2014 11:01 AM

    Glazer knows his stuff. The Browns aren’t taking Manziel

  11. 1rockyracoon says: May 8, 2014 11:02 AM

    He’s such a sly fox! Of course, he’s doing what every GM in every sport does before the draft.

  12. GenXJay says: May 8, 2014 11:08 AM

    it’s the browns gm’s 1st draft. what could go wrong?

  13. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2014 11:08 AM

    And to prove his point they are selecting Center Weston Richburg to groom for the future beyond Mack.

  14. wrdtoyrmama says: May 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    Sounds like a GM getting ready to fake himself out…..

    Ray this isn’t tough, take Evans/Watkins at 4 (or the defender Mack should he fall), then take the QB at 26 (or 35) Carr/Garrapolo, and you still have the 35th pick.

    But go ahead and take an undersized, media saturated QB first, and then you’re looking at Cooks/Lee, Robinson at wr…..

  15. granadafan says: May 8, 2014 11:12 AM

    Costner knows…

  16. citizenstrange says: May 8, 2014 11:20 AM

    Ray Farmer better be careful he doesn’t hurt his arm patting himself on the back like that.

  17. bohste says: May 8, 2014 11:39 AM

    This is the draft where the Browns fortunes are finally turned around.

  18. beachsidejames says: May 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    Have another bag of chips Ray.

  19. rogcar2 says: May 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    Has anyone ever seen Ray Farmer and Mike Brown in the same room?

  20. 49erstim says: May 8, 2014 11:52 AM

    Ya see…The thing is that if you tell people that you are “waiting in the weeds” then you lose your advantage which you obviously needed in the first place because you were (wait for it) “Waiting in the weeds.”.

  21. linemanguy74 says: May 8, 2014 12:07 PM

    Because they don’t know what they are going to do

  22. rodh32340 says: May 8, 2014 12:07 PM

    It must be hard to be a newbie GM and HC, not wanting to make a mistake with two 1st rounders and ownership and fans watching your every move. They can’t help but fail…it’s a no win!

  23. jerruhjones says: May 8, 2014 12:16 PM

    Hate on haters!

    Go Browns!!!

  24. clevelandrocksyourface says: May 8, 2014 12:21 PM

    Ray Farmers pre-draft grade: A+.

    Now let’s see what he does with all that ammo.

  25. mrfrostyj says: May 8, 2014 12:23 PM

    A lot of people have no clue what they’re talking about. The Browns GM prior to the one year with Mike Lombardi was VERY good and his draft day deals where part of the reason to watch ESPECIALLY in the first round (hence the teams FIVE pro bowlers this past season all DRAFTED by Cleveland). Not to mention their ability to find diamonds in the rough that others didn’t see talent in (Josh Cribbs, Josh Gordon, Peyton Hillis, Kelly Holcomb, Thad Lewis, Chris Ogbonnaya etc).

    They’re issue has always been that they IGNORE the QB position and not that they draft bad ones. Since 1999 they’ve only drafted 3 QB’s in the first round and only 1 of those QB’s were their first pick in that round (Tim Couch 1999). One step further from that EVERY qb drafted in 2007 was a bust so it’s not like they can be blamed for the Brady Quinn pick (especially since they got 10 wins out of Derek Anderson that year aka another diamond in the rough that no one thought would get anywhere)

    Bad management: Yes, Horrible ownership: Yes, Questionable coaching: Yes, Toughest division in the AFC: Yes, Horrible drafting: NO!!

  26. casualmalexlfan says: May 8, 2014 12:27 PM

    Sorry to burst your bubble Ray Farmer, but I know exactly what you are going to do. You are going to draft people that are football players instead of choosing people that are not football players.

  27. buddysguys says: May 8, 2014 12:33 PM

    we do know it will be a bust pick or traded by year 2!!! Mark that down.

  28. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 8, 2014 12:34 PM

    WATKINS!!! Please draft Watkins!!!!

    Then use your other first-rounder and package it with other pick(s) to trade up ahead of the Cowboys and get Manziel.

  29. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 8, 2014 12:37 PM

    WoW…. Ray Farmer and Mike Brown look like they are the same person

  30. realkelevra says: May 8, 2014 12:55 PM

    Ray Farmer Has Done An Excellent Job Hiding His Hand, But That Is Half The Battle. Here’s To Hoping He Knocks It Out Of The Park Tonight! I Have A Good Feeling That He will.

  31. dalcow4 says: May 8, 2014 2:55 PM

    Can there be twenty five Browns fans who have confidence in this guy so far?

  32. td40 says: May 8, 2014 3:20 PM

    I love all the “Doesn’t matter-they’re the Browns and they’ll screw it up anyway” stuff.

    Sorry. New owner, new GM, new front office, new coaching staff. 100% different organization than it was a year ago or at any time before that. This regime has made a lot of good moves and bears zero resemblance to the last couple regimes- regimes which all stemmed from Randy Lerner hires- and he’s long gone. The Browns made the playoffs (into the 2nd round) the year before they left Cleveland. the only thing that’s different between then and now (since ’99) was Lerner ownership all these years. That’s over. So is the “loser culture” in Cleveland. SORRY.

    So, sorry- the “they’re the Browns” garbage is irrelevant now. Lerner ownership since coming back into the league– New, different, aggressive ownership and staff now. Not the same. SORRY. This regime has made nothing but good moves. Browns haters are ramping up the hate because they are finally, legitimately worried that the Browns will be a great team.

  33. bensstinkyfingers says: May 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    All well and good ray, now the important thing, getting the draft right! I believe the majority of browns fans have confidence in farmer and the new staff, but unfortunately half of those fans will drop off the farmer bandwagon when he doesn’t draft Watkins , manziel or whomever most want at 4. Hopefully, most browns fans are still happy by the end of the first round!

  34. htown995 says: May 8, 2014 6:47 PM

    I dont think yall know what your gonna do besides be 6-10 again this year have some guts and draft a qb and get rid of that bum hoyer hes not a franchise qb more like a franchise bench warmer

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