Way back in February, the Browns reportedly had no interest in using their fourth-overall pick on Johnny Manziel and instead preferred Derek Carr, thought to be a late first-rounder my most mock-draft pundits.

Who knows where the Browns actually stand on Manziel, Carr or any other draft-eligible quarterback, but the organization maintained the appearance that they weren't interested in Johnny Football by not sending a single representative to his pro day last week.

(We talked about this on the latest Eye on Football Podcast, and even made the case that they're like Ronald Miller in "Can't Buy Me Love" wanting Cindy Mancini to pretend to be his girlfriend, but forgetting about the part where he needs to fork over the $1,000 for it to happen. Because without that, all you have is the most popular girl in school still having no idea you exist.)

But new Browns coach Mike Pettine can explain the conspicuous absence.

"We've always felt -- I felt this way coming in and (GM) Ray (Farmer) has to -- that you get a lot more out of a private workout when it's a little less scripted or it's scripted the way you want it scripted, where you can kind of throw some curveballs at a player and see how they react to it. It's like the difference between a guy hitting home runs at batting practice vs. live pitching,'' Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I think it's important you get that concentrated view of a player instead of something that's borderline artificial. We certainly get the video of the pro days and see them, so you kind of get the best of both worlds.''

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Browns will hold a private workout Monday for Carr, according to the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

"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 at the annual NFL owners meetings last week. (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.''