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.