Browns general manager Ray Farmer has been on the job less than a week, but he’s ready to make the franchise’s biggest decision.

When asked by the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot if he knew which quarterback the team would select with the No. 4 overall pick in May’s NFL draft, Farmer was definitive in his answer.

“Yes, I do. I’ve studied the quarterbacks and I’ve studied other players, and I’ve already started to formulate the rank and order of each position. I do know what I’d do if I was held down at the moment. It doesn’t mean that can’t change, but I currently have somebody in front.”

It may be surprising to hear a general manager, who was hired five days ago, state he already knows which prospect he’d select prior to the NFL scouting combine. However, Farmer served as the Browns assistant general manager this past year. He has an intimate working of the team’s scouting staff and rankings. His promotion simply give him the authority to select the player he liked throughout this process instead of simply recommending that player.

Among the quarterbacks being considered are Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and UCF’s Blake Bortles.

Manziel has been repeatedly linked to the Browns the past few months. In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle’s John McLean and Charean Williams, Manziel made it perfectly clearly he should be the No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans. He also referenced the Browns.

“If something happens, and it’s the Cleveland Browns, I’m going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland. I don’t care if they’ve had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I’m going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl.”

Manziel is the hottest topic in Cleveland. Yet, he may not be the quarterback Farmer is targeting. The general manager told Cabot his favorite quarterback isn’t the obvious choice for the franchise.

“I’d say that No. 4 is not necessarily where I would take the guy that I like. Again, it may not be the name that everybody thinks is the latest, greatest, and the easy one to spot. There’s definitely an art to selecting people in the draft and it’s finding the right name that fits who you want to be.”

Most of the rumors of Manziel-to-Cleveland circulated around previous general manager Michael Lombardi. Farmer may have had a hand in the evaluation of all the prospects, but it doesn’t mean he’s enamored with the same players as Lombardi.

Based on early comments by Farmer at the Senior Bowl, Manziel may still be in the conversation but Bridgewater is the most likely target.

Farmer stated the most important quality in a quarterback is his ability to make decisions. As we stated in this week’s mock draft, Bridgewater is the most advanced passer among the quarterbacks discussed. Part of the reason he’s considered a top quarterback prospect is due to his football intelligence.

The possibility of Manziel can’t be ruled out, though. During the interview with Cabot, Farmer complimented Manziel.