“At this point, he’s our quarterback,” said Shurmur, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “We’re looking forward to him being our guy and I’m looking forward to seeing him improve. We believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league.”
Shurmur said that he looks forward to seeing where McCoy is after getting a full offseason in the offense after last year’s lockout forced him to learn the scheme on his own. Shurmur also hopes that the team has better luck on the injury front after seeing many members of McCoy’s supporting cast miss time last season with various aches and pains.
Based on what Heckert and Shurmur have had to say, it seems more likely that the Browns are going to use the draft as a way to bolster the lineup around McCoy instead of looking for a replacement for him. That could change once they spend time with Ryan Tannehill or Brandon Weeden, but there are certainly good options available with the fourth overall pick. The Browns will likely have a chance at Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon and/or Alabama running back Trent Richardson, either of whom would make McCoy’s life easier next season.