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Why the Browns Should Not Draft a QB in 2017

Two big name QBs are almost guaranteed to hit the market next year with Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Cousins will get there because the Redskins organization is such a dysfunction that it does not seem like he will sign a long-term deal there and they won’t franchise tag him for over 30 million next season. Then everyone seems to ignore that Jimmy Garoppolo is an unrestricted free agent after next year.

That means the only way he stays in New England is if he gets tagged or resigns with the Patriots. Franchise tagging him would cost New England about 20 million for a backup QB. They could transition tag him but they would be forced to match what he would get on the open market which certainly some team would make a handsome offer.

Last, why would he want to resign in New England? Nobody knows how long the ageless Tom Brady is going to play for. If you have a chance to become a starter in the NFL you take your opportunity while you can because you may never get it again.

The Browns as crazy as it might seem may even be a better situation for Garoppolo. What makes me say that? The 2017 draft and free agency. The Browns this offseason went out and fixed the offensive line by adding Greg Zeitler and JC Tretter and extended Joel Bitonio next to Joe Thomas.

At WR they have Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman, a recent first round pick. At RB, Isaiah Crowell is still on the roster who had his best NFL season behind his worst offensive line.

Duke Johnson also gets overlooked too as someone who can catch over 50 passes a season and averaged five yards per carry in 2016. Now turn the clock forward to April. Say the top safeties are gone at 12. Maybe the Browns select TE OJ Howard of Alabama, WR Mike Williams from Clemson, or WR Corey Davis from Western Michigan and get an offensive playmaker.

Then say they address the other position with TE Evan Engram from Ole Miss, WR Corey Kupp from Eastern Washington, WR Chris Godwin from Penn State, or WR Zay Jones from ECU in the second or third round. Suddenly the Browns offense becomes intriguing. That is the big selling point.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10



  1. Percy E.

    April 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this. I am praying that this is the front office thinking. There’s no QB that I’m certain in this year draft and I understand that there’s no QB pick that you are ever certain. Looking at the people that get paid to do this for a living, they aren’t sold and are all over the place. It seems to me that this year’s crop has more questions than most. My argument is moot if they really like one of these guys, then by all means draft him, but don’t draft a QB just to draft one because every one is saying you should. I have 2 points to add to the article and they both would be considered “break glass” options for most fans. 1) AJ McCarron would be restricted next year and I’m sure Cincinnati will place a 1st round tender on him. If you can’t trade up to be in position for one of the top QBs in next year’s draft, then sign McCarron and use your 1st on McCarron IF coach truly likes him. 2) This is where people will think I’m crazy. Develop Brock! There are several reasons to develop him as well as humanly possible. I’m not saying he is the answer. What I saw in Houston would say no, but can we trust Bill O’Brien ability to develop QBs. He has started 9 QBs in 3 years! Are we sure it’s Brock and not him? If we had signed Brock last year to this contract, I feel most fans (and some Browns coaches) would have been celebrating in the streets. At least he had more starts and film tape than Jimmy (don’t get me started on him) Garoppolo at that point. Here’s the positives for Brock 1) Insurance. We were told to “trust” on Kessler. I didn’t like the pick but the kid played solid. Give him a chance but keep a vet for insurance. If you cut Brock, you have to sign one. Keep the one we have to pay for anyway 2) Trade. Either the closer we get to the season, or maybe next year, you might get something from him if you can develop him by having him show some positive tape in the preseason or season. If he’s awful, cut him at the end of preseason or after the season. You are in no worse shape than you were before. 3) He could be the guy. *whisper voice*. Probably only a 5% chance, but just maybe…

  2. Bob Stalnaker

    April 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Very well thought out.

    Two things: a) give Kessler a bit more credit. What he did last year, being #5 in adj. completion % with a terrrible defense, a bad O-line and Cam Erving at center is phenomenal. Kessler’s NFL Passer Rating exceeded a LONG list of top notch QBs last year, again, how he did that with such roadblocks in front of him like the poor defense and O-line is incredible.

    b) as to “numerous rebuilds from this franchise” … this reboot by the Sashi, Paul and Andrew regime is the first true reboot. Those other so-called “rebuilds” were lame, shoddy attempts or worse, such as Inane Ray Farmer’s disaster he laid upon the Browns.

    Although Higgins, Louis and Payton were not give any reasonable chance or co chance at all in 2016 as Hue Jackson blew it big by giving Andrew Hawkins snaps I like your idea of adding a WR for reasons you stated. O.J. Howard at 12 would be huge for the offense also, but CLE needs to focus the rest of the draft on S, CB, and perhaps a LB. End of the Tank Carder era.

  3. Dan Y

    April 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I think the Browns have a real sleeper in Kevin Hogan, the former Stanford QB. No one talks about him…give him a chance. Why not? And he didn’t play all that bad when pressed into action on short notice with very little preparation last year.

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