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Browns to conduct private workout with West Virginia QB Geno Smith

By Nate Ulrich Published: March 18, 2013

The Browns will conduct a private workout with West Virginia’s Geno Smith, the top-rated quarterback in this year’s draft.

The Browns have the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, but they aren’t focused on using their top selection on a quarterback, CEO Joe Banner said today at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix.

Still, Banner would not entirely rule out nabbing a quarterback early. The new regime has vowed to create competition for incumbent starter Brandon Weeden, though the organization has yet to land a quarterback in free agency, which began last week.

"It’s not the focus, and I don’t think that’s going to change, which is different than saying there’s no chance we’d pick one high or in the middle or late," Banner said. "Wherever you feel you get value and a focus, wherever possible, without forcing it on positions that makes the biggest impact, always leaves quarterbacks in the conversation. Even when you have good quarterbacks, if you have the opportunity to pick up another one they tend to turn into very valuable assets. But it isn’t a focus of what our plan will be."

The Browns also attended Smith's pro day last week.

For more highlights from Banner’s interview at the owners meeting, check out my Twitter profile.


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