The Browns recently began their tour of private workouts with quarterback prospects, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr believes he served as a strong opening act.
“It went so good,” Carr told Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez Monday night on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Late Hits.
Carr said the Browns sent a contingent composed of General Manager Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to meet with him in Fresno, Calif. He dined with team officials Sunday night and worked out for them Monday.
“They were all out here, so it was good to be able to go to dinner with them last night and work out for them today,” Carr said. “Everything went great. It went exactly how we wanted it to and now, of course, we just wait till May and see how they're feeling.”
It was the first known private workout the Browns have conducted in preparation for the draft, which will run May 8-10. Last week at the NFL owners meetings, Pettine said the Browns would conduct private workouts with a “big list” of quarterbacks, including the three top-rated players at the position – Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Carr is generally considered the fourth-best quarterback in this year’s class.
The Browns have two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 26 overall) and will likely address their need for a quarterback with one of those selections or their choice early in the second round (No. 35 overall). Many draft analysts project Carr as a late first-round pick.
Shanahan orchestrated the workout while others submitted orders as well.
“Coach Shanahan, he really kind of ran the workout,” Carr said. “Everyone was standing there and talking, of course, giving their input on things they wanted to see and those things. But Coach Shanahan, he runs the workout. So we do their drills, and they really want to tire you out. When you’re doing the individual drills, they really try to tire you out, see how you're feeling, really grind you a little bit. And then you go into throwing routes. You throw routes while you're tired, like a football game.
“So after all that, you do some bootlegs and they want to see how you move on the run when you’re tired. Then we do some reads that they have. Then [you] say, ‘If you want to see anything else, we'll show you whatever you want to see to make you feel comfortable.’That's one thing: I want every team to feel they got to see everything they wanted when they leave Fresno. So it was a great experience.”
The Browns also tested Carr by quizzing him.
“Absolutely, they go through those kinds of things” Carr said. “Some teams – of course I won’t get into who – they give you some of their information, and they want you to learn their stuff. And then they turn the cut-ups on and say ‘OK, where would you throw the ball based on the mini-playbook that we gave you?’ They test you in so many different ways and rightfully so. I think they should, especially when they’re looking to draft a franchise quarterback. You should take every possible precaution and strategy that you can to see what these guys know about football.”