With the 2018 NFL Draft coming on up in April, the Cleveland Browns continue to weigh their options with two picks in the top five of the first round. There’s plenty of quarterbacks available for Cleveland to select with one of those two spots as well as running back Saquon Barkley and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Of course, it wouldn’t be draft season without some sort of controversy surrounding the Browns and their lack of interest in the cream of the crop at the signal-caller position.
According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, the Browns aren’t ‘presently enamored’ with any of the five options slated to be first-round selections. Between Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, Cleveland does not seem to be impressed enough to use a top-five draft pick on any of the five standout college quarterbacks.
This is not the first time the Browns have failed to be impressed with a quarterback leading up to the NFL Draft, as they avoided Carson Wentz in 2016 and in 2017 missed out on Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and Mitchell Trubisky. Wentz had a stellar showing last season and helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs before tearing his ACL late in the regular season. Watson was off to a ridiculously-hot start with the Houston Texans before he went down with a season-ending injury as well. The jury is still out on Mahomes and Trubisky but the potential is certainly there with both.
There’s always something that a team may not like in a prospect. But at the end of the day, Cleveland cannot afford to be nit-picky due to a singular flaw. If they fail to take a quarterback in the NFL Draft and miss out on the top options in free agency, general manager John Dorsey will create a bad look for himself while head coach Hue Jackson falls into further scrutiny.