With all the talk about whether the Browns should want quarterback Sam Darnold or quarterback Josh Rosen, here’s another option: Neither.
Via Peter King of SI.com, an unnamed friend of Browns G.M. John Dorsey believes that Cleveland will take Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the first overall pick in the draft.
Regardless, Dorsey made it clear last week in a visit to PFT Live that the Browns will keep their cards close to the vest. If only because a team that has been out of control for years finally controls something.
Cleveland will draft a quarterback in 2018, likely at No. 1 overall. But because they traded for Tyrod Taylor — who can serve as a better placeholder than those on the rosters of any of the first four teams on this list — the Browns have some flexibility. Cleveland will be faced with two questions in the near future: Which quarterback should it target, and when should that quarterback take the reins as starter?
The recent contract extension for Bortles means the Jaguars are committed to him … until they aren’t. Jacksonville with the deal was able to kick the can down the road; it keeps Bortles on the roster but leaves open the opportunity for competition between the starter and a rookie. Kessler is a backup who arrived via trade, so one more passer from the draft would complete the QB depth chart and finally put legitimate pressure on Bortles.
Ultimately, success or failure will hinge not only on the ability of the player to adjust to the next level but also on factors beyond his control, such as the ability of his coaching staff at the next level to get the most out of him. Five quarterbacks went in round one 19 years ago, with Tim Couch to the Browns at No. 1, Donovan McNabb to the Eagles at No. 2, Akili Smith to the Bengals at No. 3, Daunte Culpepper to the Vikings at No. 11, and Cade McNown to the Bears at No. 12. They collectively failed more than they thrived.
McNabb was the best of the bunch, a fringe Hall of Famer who’ll maybe get in years from now via the Seniors Committee. Culpepper had some very good moments (including a stellar 2004 season), but a serious knee injury in 2005 derailed his career. The rest — Couch, Smith, and McNown — had largely disastrous NFL careers. Combined, the not-so-Fab Five won a total of zero Super Bowls.