New coach Mike Pettine isn't helping matters either by talking about every top prospect as an option for the team at No. 4 overall.
The Browns already are doing their due diligence on the top quarterbacks in the draft and Pettine, speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., casually threw out that the team isn't opposed to taking two signal-callers. Given how stock in all the top quarterbacks has been dropping, though, it's conceivable that they're looking elsewhere with their first pick.
While he didn't let on that the Browns would consider trading up to get a player, Pettine made it clear he would be more than happy if a player like Jadeveon Clowney fell into his lap.
"Freakish athlete," Pettine told cleveland.com. "I think he could take over a game. I think he could change a game. He's proven that. I had good interaction with him (at the NFL Scouting Combine) in Indianapolis. As a defensive head coach, I don't know if I'd be all that upset to turn the card in on Clowney with the fourth pick."
You and every other head coach in the league, Mike.
Not surprisingly, Pettine gushed about him as well.
"To me what jumps off the tape is his passion. He loves football. We interviewed him in Indianapolis and you can tell he absolutely loves the game," Pettine said. "He's a guy that I think you want to find a variety of ways to get the ball in his hands because he's special."
Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson are drawing Pettine's attention, too. All could be in play when it's Cleveland's turn to hand its card in.
He might be new on the job, but clearly Pettine is a wily old veteran when it comes to keeping his draft options open, and keeping everyone else guessing.