One week from now, the NFL Draft will be over, and as a by product, so will the endless talk about what the Cleveland Browns will do in the three day selection process.
And if they don’t draft a quarterback, fans will be sentenced to three months, until training camp actually opens, of hearing about how the front office passed on the “most important position in sports”.
By the way, it probably is, but we put it in quotes because of the righteous indignation media people use when talking about signal callers.
We’ve heard people say the Browns are sentenced to another 1-15 type season in 2017 if they don’t get a QB early in the draft. That, of course, supports their notion that Cleveland has to take one with the first overall pick if they “really like the guy”.
Consider these names: Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Carson Palmer.
Most people would consider these players as among the better quarterbacks in the NFL, correct?
None of them made the playoffs a year ago.
Why? Because other parts of their team were found lacking, Either the team’s defense was poor, or they didn’t have a sufficient running game, or their offensive line had gaping holes.
The point is, you have to have a complete team to win in the NFL, it isn’t enough to just have a great quarterback.
No doubt it helps considerably. The only team that made the playoffs a year ago with shoddy QB play is the Houston Texans, and they continue to search for their guy.
Still, having a good player at that position doesn’t guarantee that you will make the post-season. You still have to have solid players around the QB.
Remember, the Browns were 1-15 a year ago. Clearly, they aren’t lacking only a quarterback, that’s why we stick with the premise that if you have the first overall pick, you have to take the most talented player, which by all accounts is Myles Garrett.
Also, our opinion is that the greatest improvement for a player is between his first and second seasons, because it becomes their job. They get to spend the off-season getting bigger and stronger for the upcoming season.
The Browns have many holes to fill, they need secondary help, a tight end, a linebacker, and maybe another wide receiver.
So, while Garrett should be the pick at #1, the Browns’ front office still should address the quarterback spot at either #12, or with the first pick in the second round (#33).
We feel one of these three passers (Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes) will be there at #12, and since they have Garrett, they can afford to reach a little to take a QB.
If one of the three aren’t there, then Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta can take solace in grabbing another blue chip talent, either someone for the secondary or Alabama TE O.J. Howard.
And if they take a QB at #12, we would still plan on starting Cody Kessler against Pittsburgh in week one. Let the rookie quarterback observe for awhile before throwing him in there.
There will no doubt be plenty of noise, misinformation, about what the Browns are going to do next weekend. The good thing is a week from now, the speculation will be over.