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Mike Pettine: QB class is so deep that Browns might draft two


Will the Browns draft a quarterback with the fourth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft? Or will they pick a quarterback later in the draft?

According to Browns coach Mike Pettine, the answer to both of those questions could be, “Yes.”

Pettine said at the league meeting that it’s possible the Browns will draft two quarterbacks.

This is a deep quarterback class, and that is why. It’s deep and it’s varied,” Pettine said.

If the Browns take a quarterback at No. 4, it would be Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel or Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. The Browns also own the Colts’ first-round pick, No. 26 overall, which could be used to take a quarterback like Fresno State’s Derek Carr or Eastern Illinois’s Jimmy Garoppolo. In later rounds they could go after Alabama’s AJ McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas or Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage.

It’s not that unusual for teams to take two quarterbacks in one draft. Indianapolis and Washington both drafted two quarterbacks in 2012: Indianapolis made Andrew Luck the first overall pick and Chandler Harnish Mr. Irrelevant, while Washington made Robert Griffin III the second overall pick and took Kirk Cousins in the fourth round.

Of course, sometimes drafting two quarterbacks just serves to give you two bad quarterbacks on your roster. In 2010, the Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen in the second round and Tony Pike in the sixth round. Less important than how many quarterbacks the Browns draft is whether one of them is good enough to be their starter of the future.

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44 Responses to “Mike Pettine: QB class is so deep that Browns might draft two”
  1. donny1rodriguez says: Mar 26, 2014 7:11 PM

    They should draft quarterbacks only

  2. toybkshr says: Mar 26, 2014 7:13 PM

    Deep for backup’s maybe.

  3. campcouch says: Mar 26, 2014 7:14 PM

    Probably best to draft one later and pick up a WR and CB early. Next year’s QB class may be just as good. They shouldn’t expect 13 bad years out of 15 to be fixed in one off season.

  4. bennyb82 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:15 PM

    Brian Hoyer looked pretty good last year before he got injured, so it would seem odd to draft two QBs.

  5. chad504boy says: Mar 26, 2014 7:16 PM

    Glass Bridgewater and a half pound Mettenberger

  6. theycallmeyango says: Mar 26, 2014 7:17 PM

    the wrong two most likely

  7. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:17 PM

    Might draft 2? Shoot, they NEED to draft 2.

  8. qdog112 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:19 PM

    If they draft Johnny Wildcat, they’re gonna need to draft two.

  9. seabreezes51 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:21 PM

    I think McCarron will be the best of the bunch….
    Yep..ya read it here first.

  10. tooz72 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:22 PM

    Tim Couch approves of this

  11. ravenswhat says: Mar 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    Classic. Only the Browns would draft 2 qbs and you know they will both be busts.

  12. britishraven says: Mar 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    If there’s ever going to be a team to draft two QB’s in the first round in the same year, it’s the Browns.

  13. oldcracker says: Mar 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    This is exactly what I’ve been talking about.

    When Chuck Noll took over the Pittsburg Steelers, the Steelers had a horrible history of futility, and Chuck had only 1 win in his first season, I believe. But, with time and support, he wound up with the 2 Terry’s, Hanratty and Bradshaw, with Bradshaw finally taking over the QB position. The competition had forced one guy or the other to step forward and take control. Bradshaw showed great leadership and a “can do” attitude in doing so. Exactly what the “new Browns” have been lacking since their inception.

    Yes, we have a lot of holes to fill but, a good level of competition at the QB position could be what finally leads us out of the doldrums of losing.

    There are reasons why the same teams are winners, year in and year out, while teams like my Browns are losers year in and year out, regardless of how many pro-bowlers you have. It has to change now and we don’t need to re-invent the wheel to do it.

  14. doggeatdogg says: Mar 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    The GM will be thrilled he’s doing so much talking.

  15. realnflmaster says: Mar 26, 2014 7:26 PM

    This guy is so in over his head all I can do is LAUGH.

  16. pacodawg says: Mar 26, 2014 7:27 PM

    It will be Bridgewater at 4. Book it.

  17. goldrush49ers says: Mar 26, 2014 7:34 PM

    Charlie Frye approves of this draft class

  18. wawa33 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:38 PM

    They should have traded for Harbaugh.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 26, 2014 7:40 PM

    I have to agree and think this would be an interesting year to grab a couple of QBs, that is if you are a team that has strategically kept your QB depth chart thin in anticipation of this draft by trading other QBs while their stock is high to help improve other positions while looking for some value QBs in this draft.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:40 PM

    The Vikings can’t draft a QB to save their mother’s life.

  21. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 26, 2014 7:42 PM

    Draft a QB every pick until you get it right.

  22. dws123 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:46 PM

    Pettine is saying exactly what Farmer wants him to say. Both of them know Bortles, Bridgewater, nor Manziel are franchise QBs.

  23. sinisterg says: Mar 26, 2014 7:48 PM

    That’s just straight up greedy!

  24. jetsmmt says: Mar 26, 2014 7:49 PM

    Obvious smokescreen.

  25. clickablecontent says: Mar 26, 2014 8:09 PM

    Draft 2 QBS. Yep, they’re starting to sound like that one loopy team that’s in everyone’s fantasy league.

  26. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 26, 2014 8:12 PM

    Jeff George still wants to play.

  27. attorneyfootballtalk says: Mar 26, 2014 8:14 PM

    I didn’t realize there were that many 30 year old QB’s in this draft.

  28. clbrwns says: Mar 26, 2014 8:18 PM

    I actually like the idea. With 10 picks take Carr at 26 and maybe Mettenberg in the 4th if available. With the set salary for rookies – and cheap after round 1 – why not. We only have one on the roster today. I think Hoyer is smart enough to get the new offense. Rather do that than bring in Grossman.

  29. pftbro says: Mar 26, 2014 8:21 PM

    No first-round value in the top 3 quarterbacks this year. If this was a great QB year they would be second-rounders, or worse.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 26, 2014 8:30 PM

    The strategy has paid off before. Jimmy Johnson drafted Aikman and then Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft. He traded Walsh later for some picks that really helped the team.

  31. dawgturd says: Mar 26, 2014 8:44 PM

    Great job Pettine, Keep em guessing

  32. astrategyexpert says: Mar 26, 2014 8:47 PM

    I’m order to have a successful draft, you need to rank players on your board. Not by position though, everyone is on one large board. Then you draft best player available. If Cleveland is in round 5, and their best available is a quarterback, you take him. Even if you already selected two in the draft. GM’s don’t understand this best available approach. They reach for need. You don’t get value when you do that.

  33. kev86 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:50 PM

    Hopeful smokescreen. Browns can make bad decisions but no way are they taking two qbs in round one

  34. 15starr says: Mar 26, 2014 8:51 PM

    Bret Smith Wyoming

  35. theytukrjobs says: Mar 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    I think draft “experts” are under rating Derek Carr and David Fales. You never see Fales mentioned but I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes as high as 3rd or 4th round. I’m biased because I watched him in person as well but he is extremely accurate.

    Derek Carr is a first round pick as well. Some team will get harassed for taking him 10-25 range but that dude can throw a football.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    What the heck, let’s take half a dozen. Then we can give them away to our division rivals when they drop by for a visit during the season.

  37. puckthefatriots says: Mar 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    Just like the Browns to draft to QB’s in a very ordinary class.

  38. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 26, 2014 9:59 PM

    Not a bad idea. Remember Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte?

  39. charman11 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:32 PM

    Hey we need a QB what do u expect them to do.

  40. staffordsyear says: Mar 27, 2014 12:45 AM

    This is just sad.

  41. drewbreezy2 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:10 AM

    Colt McCoy approves

  42. drewbreezy2 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:11 AM

    So does Spergon Wynn

  43. bullcharger says: Mar 27, 2014 9:58 AM

    At the 4th spot they should take the best player on the board and it won’t be a QB. Or trade down a few spots to get their QB. To me Manziel is the only guy that could be great and he also could be a huge bust. The other guys will likely never be elite guys and would be a waste.

  44. darkneptune73 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:17 PM

    RIP any QB that goes to cleveland.

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