Cleveland Browns Daily deliberates trading up from the number four draft pick

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Cleveland Browns Daily deliberates trading up from the number four draft pick

On Wednesday’s “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Michael Reghi, who is filling in for Nathan Zegura, discussed whether or not they would trade up from the number four draft pick in order to secure their top prospect. Nathan also joined the show with his adamant thoughts on why the Browns should not trade up in this talent-rich draft.

Jim Donovan, from the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network, weighed in on the discussion and offered his thoughts on one of the draft’s top quarterback prospects, Johnny Manziel. Andrew Gribble, University of Alabama beat writer for, joined CBD to discuss former Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is reportedly participating in a private workout with the Browns on Wednesday.

Browns punter Spencer Lanning wrapped up the show to reflect on his time volunteering at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, in addition to the hunger and passion that the Browns’ free-agents are bringing to the locker room.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “I don’t want to overdraft anyone and I don’t think there is really anyone worth trading up for. I would trade down and get someone like Derek Carr in the middle of the draft, and then use my extra picks to surround him with receivers, but the price to give four to anyone would have to be steep. I think we are all thinking that, taking the quarterbacks out of the equation, there are a minimum of five safe draft picks in Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson, Kahlil Mack, and Jake Matthews. The Browns could feel comfortable and would have a legit top-five-rated player if they stayed at four. I would have no problem being aggressive and taking a chance, but that chance has to be an educated guess with a depth of knowledge and strong conviction that you are doing what is right. Don’t be bold for the sake of being bold.”

Michael Reghi:“At first glance, I say no to trading up from the four pick. If there is someone who you really value, the price is going to go up tremendously to go after the first, second, or third pick. I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay that price. If you go to most of the general managers’ draft rooms, when value is assessed, there are five names that are the first five players on the majority of draft boards, and none of those include a quarterback. If the Browns go out and draft a quarterback at four, that will tell me that they are very much in love and believe in the guy they will select, but I believe there is going to be an enormous amount of pressure to play that guy from the start. I just don’t think any of these quarterback are worthy of a pick at four. If I’m Ray Farmer, I’m not trading up for anyone in this draft.”

Jim Donovan: “I don’t know if I want to trade up from four. As soon as you do, you immediately feel that buyer’s remorse if it’s not someone you are completely in love with. As much as I like (Johnny) Manziel, I anticipate what it would be like to watch him in the NFL, but I don’t think I would trade up to get him. You can still win without drafting a quarterback right away and we saw the (New York) Jets do that when (Mike) Pettine was there, previously. The Browns may not take that sexy pick, but if it is a position that is needed they will take it. What I like about Pettine is that he knows there are other ways to win. You always look for a guy who has that ‘it’ factor, and of these quarterbacks coming out, Manziel has it. But if they drafted him, there would be an immediate push to put him in and start him right away. If you make that kind of investment in a player, you have to see him on the field, and that’s something the Browns need to factor in.”

Nathan Zegura: “There is no chance I am trading up in this draft. Would I give up assets in the most talent-rich draft in possibly the history of the NFL Draft? No way. I am staying put. If anything, I would trade down and get more picks to help this team get all their assets. At four, whether it be a quarterback or not, it’s just another layer for me to believe that this is an organization that wants to put together the most complete team around their quarterback, which is why I think they probably won’t go with a quarterback that early in the draft.”

Andrew Gribble: “Clearly, (A.J. McCarron) carries a chip on his shoulder and it’s really come to light in this draft processes, which is really what motivates him. For the three years he was at Alabama, all he heard about was how he was a game-manager and not an elite quarterback prospect. Some people would even say he wasn’t one of the top-five best players on his team. He shifted all that focus and began working on what he needed to get better at. He had a really good pro day and a good combine, and with that I’ve seen his draft stock go up. He’s really moved to that murky second/third (draft) round pick. The thing with McCarron is that he got a lot of trust from (Alabama head coach Nick) Saban, more than he usually gives his quarterback. He’s one of those guys that Saban loved and trusted and that’s why you are seeing more and more NFL teams like what they are seeing from him.”

Spencer Lanning: “It never gets old when you walk in to a kid’s (hospital) room and their face lights up. It puts a lot into perspective and we are really fortunate to have Rainbow Babies Children Hospital, which is a top-of-the-class facility. It really touches your soul when you hear these kids look up to you, but by the end of the day, we find ourselves admiring these children. They are real fighters and I can’t imagine the strength they must have to get through what they are going through. …There is a lot of enthusiasm in the building and everyone is hungry. All the guys we signed (in free agency) are passionate about the game and that resonates throughout the entire team. We are going to do things the right way and we are going to repeat it so many times that we are expected to win in every situation.”

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