The Browns’ nationwide tour of pre-draft workouts with quarterback prospects is on the verge heating up.
The team is scheduled to conduct a private workout Monday with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, a league source confirmed this afternoon. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren’t revealing the itinerary for the journey on which they’ll embark.
Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings that the organization would conduct private workouts with several quarterbacks, including Carr, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Pettine called it a “big list” and explained the only workouts that had been scheduled as of Tuesday were with quarterbacks.
Private workouts must be held at the prospect’s school or near his hometown. Pettine also said the Browns would host the big-name quarterbacks and several others for pre-draft visits at the team’s headquarters in Berea. Prospects can be interviewed and medically examined during those visits, but they can’t work out. Each team is permitted to host 30 prospects.
The Browns have two first round picks (Nos. 4 and 26) and are certainly in the market for a quarterback. Most analysts consider Carr the fourth-best quarterback in this year’s draft class behind Bortles, Manziel and Bridgewater.
The Browns, though, might have a higher opinion of him, considering Pettine’s comments about Carr at the owners meetings.
“I think he's the best natural thrower as far as arm strength and when you're just looking at the guy, natural thrower, in the draft,” Pettine said of Carr, whose older brother, David, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft. “[He's] very physically gifted. And a lot of times it's hard to bet against the family history as well. … It's the old ‘don't bet against the genetics.’ I think he certainly falls into that category.”
Pettine wasn’t the only coach who gave Carr some love at the owners meetings. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, a former Browns offensive coordinator, said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Carr becomes a top-five pick on May 8.
“Yeah, he's got those measurables and he's won a lot of ballgames,” Arians said.