Browns won't rule out drafting two QBs

March, 25, 2014
Mar 25
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Quarterback is high on the Cleveland Browns' draft needs -- if not at the top of the list.

And coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that the Browns won't rule out taking another quarterback after they have picked one, even if they take one of the highest-rated signal callers in the draft such as Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater.

"It's funny how draft boards go sometimes, it really ends up running itself," Pettine told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. "If you know you're getting great value, I don't think we'd hesitate to add that player, whether it's a second quarterback if we've already taken one. I don't think (general manager) Ray (Farmer) would be against that at all."

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same position with the Redskins when Washington took Robert Griffin III with the second pick of the 2012 draft and also selected Kirk Cousins in the fourth round.

The Browns would be smart to consider taking two quarterbacks for a couple of reasons.

They have 10 picks in this year's draft, including three of the first 35 selections, giving them the luxury of taking two quarterbacks. Drafting a second quarterback would also allow them to hedge their bet assuming they address the position with one of their first three picks.

The top quarterbacks in the draft all come with question marks, making whoever the Browns take first a gamble.

The Browns will seriously consider taking a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, but Pettine said the organization is not locked into anything with its first selection in the draft.

"If that guy's not there at that pick, I don't think you force the issue and say this is the quarterback of the future," Pettine said. "So we're doing our homework on all these guys and we're gonna log a lot of miles here in the next couple weeks and hopefully we can find that quarterback that's gonna best serve the Cleveland Browns."

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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