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Derek Carr expected to work out for Browns on Monday


Brian Hoyer says that last year’s torn ACL isn’t going to hold him back in a quarterback competition against whoever the Browns bring in to face off against him and the team is reportedly starting the process of finding that player on Monday.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will hold a private workout with the team on Monday. Carr is the first of this year’s draft prospects to work out for the Browns, who have raised some eyebrows by passing on pro day workouts and combine interviews with the top prospects.

Any cost associated with missing those opportunities is mitigated by the time the Browns will have to visit with Carr, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and any one else they want to meet with before draft day rolls around. Even before the meeting, Browns coach Mike Pettine knows he likes Carr’s arm.

“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,’' Pettine said. "(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’s name hasn’t been mentioned in relation to the top picks in the draft as often as some of the other prospects, but the Browns have a slew of picks beyond the fourth overall selection and could use them to maneuver into position for Carr even if they opt to go in another direction with their top choice.