- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
Thus far, the QB-needy Cleveland Browns have eschewed meeting with any of the top quarterback prospects. They didn't take the chance to meet with them privately during the combine, and they skipped Johnny Manziel's pro day on Thursday. It's left plenty of fans a bit confused (or is it irate?), but the Browns still have plenty of time to meet with and work them out privately prior to the draft.
First up will be Fresno State's Derek Carr.
"The Browns will conduct their private workout with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr on Monday, a league source told cleveland.com," wrote Mary Kay Cabot.
"The session will kick off what coach Mike Pettine has described as a 'big list' of Browns' exclusive quarterback auditions. ... they'll privately workout all of the top quarterbacks in the draft and most of the second-tier passers over the next month or so."
On Tuesday, coach Mike Pettine praised Carr, whose brother David was the No. 1 overall pick in 2002.
"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," said Pettine. "(He's) very physically gifted. And a lot of times it's hard to bet against the family history as well. You're talking about like a Jake Matthews that it's the old 'don't bet against the genetics.' I think he certainly falls into that category as well."
Carr also has a workout scheduled soon with San Francisco 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh, though he should be off the board before the Niners are ready to consider taking a QB project to back up Colin Kaepernick. He's also expected to work out for the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings
ESPN NFL Insiders Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay don't agree on where Carr ranks among QB prospects; Kiper has Carr at No. 4, while McShay has Carr at No. 8.