Report: Browns considering Mitch Trubisky with No. 1 pick

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The Browns are “strongly considering” taking former North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Cleveland.com reported Thursday.

Trubisky grew up in the Cleveland area and is one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. He gave up his final college season to enter this year’s draft despite being North Carolina’s starter for just one season.

Trubisky measuring in at a shade over 6-foot-2 on Thursday was news for a couple of reasons. Browns Coach Hue Jackson said in his Thursday talk with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that he believes being 6-foot-2 is an important threshold for NFL quarterbacks, and earlier in the week NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said he had heard whispers that Trubisky would be closer to 6-foot-1 than Trubisky’s listed height of 6-foot-3 at North Carolina.

Jackson told reporters the Browns haven’t finalized any decisions or their rankings of this year’s quarterbacks.

“Obviously [Trubisky] is a tremendous player,” Jackson said Thursday. “There are a lot of good players in this draft. It’s just so early for us to determine exactly where we are. All those things will be discussed and thrown around as we continue to move forward.”

Jackson said he’s aware that Trubisky has been quoted as saying he’d love to play for the Browns and said his hometown roots will be discussed when the Browns meet with Trubisky throughout the process.

“Some guys play better when they’re at home, some guys don’t,” Jackson said. “We’d have to know all those things. And we’ll do the digging on all these guys that way.”

53 responses to “Report: Browns considering Mitch Trubisky with No. 1 pick

  1. As a close friend of the organization I recall Sashi proclaiming that the Saviour, RGIII, would turn the franchise around. This must just be a chess move (or checker move, because its….well….. the Browns)

  2. I wonder how big his hands are? Then again since the Vikings aren’t in a position of need or pick location to draft him, the 8 zillion Packer fans out there have no comment or concern.

  3. whoever the draft or trade for at QB flatout won’t workout…why you ask? The Browns and QB’s are like oil and water they just don’t mix!

  4. Fran Tarkenton, Drew Brees, and Russell Wilson scoff at the notion of being over 6 foot. Hell, even Doug Flutie had that one great season in 1998(?).

    Remember, Osweiler is 6-foot-eight. Height don’t mean squat if you don’t have the accuracy or awareness.

  5. If this kid fails it WON’T be because he was an inch too short. He took virtually every snap in college from the shotgun. No experience with NFL offenses at all. Will have to learn footwork and offense from scratch–likely while starting since Cleveland isn’t going to let the #1 pick sit on the bench for long.

  6. Fran Tarkenton, Drew Brees, and Russell Wilson scoff at the notion of being over 6 foot.

    And how many QB’s over 6 foot have been successful since Tarkenton? I mean seriously? You had to go all the way to Tarkenton after Brees?

    I think you have just proven the point. The occasional exception to the rule does not invalidate the rule.

  7. Garrett sounds the better pick, but leave it to the brain trust to screw it up. How many picks have the Browns wasted on first round qbs, I think that they should build the team and get the QB later. But then again it’s lying season in the NFL.

  8. If there’s no definitive, clear cut # 1 QB in the draft, why on earth would you take chance picking a guy with the first pick who might not help you out?

    Either pick one of the DL/DE or trade the pick for a boatload of picks.

    This is why they’re the Browns…

  9. If you have ever wondered what an NFL draft smokescreen looks like…here you go!

    If the Browns stick at #1 overall, they’ll take Myles Garrett. However, they would love even more to get another trade-down bounty from a team targeting a QB. Therefore, expect the Browns to show a TON of interest in any QB who might go at the top of the draft, in order to try and create trade interest. It’s a pretty simple strategy.

  10. I’m not a Browns fan, but everyone assuming that they’ll automatically screw the pick up because they’re the Browns isn’t looking at the whole picture. First of all, while they’ve screwed up many QB picks over the years, it’s been a different coaching staff and GM every time for the most part. Secondly, drafting a QB is a complete crapshoot. When you hit you look like a genius, when you miss you look like an idiot, but luck probably has more to do with it than anything. Alot of times, that luck means the guy that you really wanted (and who ends up being a bust) already got taken and you have to go with your next choice.

  11. I have no issue with Cleveland taking a qb. Not every team is lucky to have Aaron Rodgers fall to them or happen to take a flier on a guy named Brady. Keep drafting Til you get one. I just don’t know if I’d take one 1st this year. Not when you have the Whole lot of picks to
    Choose from

  12. That would be sad, but that said, It’s the beginning of March. Expect stories like this up until the clock starts. It is what keeps all these hacks employed.

  13. If you have ever wondered what an NFL draft smokescreen looks like…here you go!

    You’re picking first. You don’t really need a smokescreen. My guess is they like this guy and are afraid he won’t be there with the second pick. I’d say this report is probably legit

  14. So a guy with only 13 starts at the most important position in football could be the #1 pick. That sounds ridiculous, but when you look at the team it shouldn’t come as a surprise because everything that the Browns does is ridiculous

  15. The only guarantees in life are death, taxes, and the Browns blowing a first round pick on a QB. Round and round we go.

  16. blitzinc43 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 4:30 PM

    As a close friend of the organization I recall Sashi proclaiming that the Saviour, RGIII, would turn the franchise around.
    ————————-

    No one with the Browns said that.

    I’m starting to think that you aren’t really a close friend of all of these organizations.

  17. Many,many needs for the Browns. When their signal caller was permitted a moment to stand upright, their quarterbacks were actually productive. A large chunk of the lawn chair experts on here don’t actually watch games, they watch scores and Tom Brady’s hair. Watching how teams play during a season gives even dumb guys like me an idea of where someone is lacking. This team needs offensive line help. Every year there’s a QB to be had, you just need the support on and off the field to develop him. The coach is there but jot the talent.

  18. This is by no means a declaration of intent. This is simply playing the game as all teams do.

    If you ask Sashi, there are 5 or 6 guys they really like and considering at 1.

    This keeps teams guessing as to whether their player will fall for them or they have to move to get him (if deemed worth doing).

  19. Of course they are considering Trubisky at 1, just as they are no doubt considering half a dozen other players and also considering trading the pick.

  20. If the Browns don’t take a QB will they tank 2017 like they tanked 2016? Will they be the Philadelphia 76ers of football?

  21. Then they better spend their 12th pick, 2nd and 3rd rounders on Olinemen to help fix their league worst Oline or their #1 pick QB won’t last more than 3-4 games before being badly injured

    138 QB hits, 68 sacks, that’s what Cleveland’s Oline gave up last year. Good lucky Trubisky, you’re gonna need it.

  22. NE says Jimmy G isn’t available for any price, so the next day Cleveland says they’re picking Trubisky.

    Uh, Cleveland really wants Goroppolo.

  23. If this is the Browns saying “We like this QB, we’re going to take him, unless you like him too, and want to trade into the #1 spot”, I don’t think any teams will bite.

    It’s the Browns. If they like a 1st-round QB prospect, it’s nearly certain no one else wants him.

  24. Actually… this is kind of interesting. 49ers have been linked to Trubisky quite a bit and if Browns think 49ers want him that bad, but want myles garrett, then why not try to see if 49ers would trade up 1 spot. browns can still get the guy they actually want and possibly pick up another pick in the process.

  25. As a 49er fan nothing would make me happier than seeing the Browns take the “hometown kid” in Mitch “Biscuit” Trubisky. The Niners could then take Garrett or move down and acquire more picks from a team that really wants Garrett since the team has needs everywhere.

  26. There ONE and ONLY one test for a QB – does he come through when everything is on the line? Given this, the QB to take in this year’s draft is DeShaun Watson of Clemson – in the game-ending drive to beat Alabama and win the NC he was flawless, winning the game with a pass with virtually no time left.

  27. As a niners fan, I beg you to take him so we can get the best player on the board or trade down for a boat load of picks.

  28. The Browns are just floating this out there because they know the 49ers want Trubisky, and they want them to make an offer to swap picks.

  29. They keep picking quarterbacks and refusing to develop them.

    Cody Kessler did a great job for them last year with the situation they were in. And what’s more, he TRIED to play for them. He put in effort, which is much, much more than they’ve had over the years with many of their players.

    Like every other quarterback he’s had, Hugh Jackson loved him. I’ll believe that when you stick with a quarterback, Hugh…but as far as the “brain trust” goes that is probably behind this decision, you guys have GOT to know that picking quarterbacks without a team behind them is going to spell disaster. Don’t waste your pick on a guy you’ll be tossing out in two years when you get enamored with someone else.

    All that said, I bet this is in the end just a way to get trade leverage for McCarron or Garropolo (who won’t be traded probably) by looking less desperate…

  30. They didn’t pick a QB last season when there were several good ones, and they want to pick one this season when the pickings are slim. That shows you how well the Browns are being run as a team. LOL

  31. jjackwagon says:
    Mar 2, 2017 4:55 PM

    Fran Tarkenton, Drew Brees, and Russell Wilson scoff at the notion of being over 6 foot.

    I think you have just proven the point. The occasional exception to the rule does not invalidate the rule.

    The whole thing about tall QBs is isn’t about whether or not a QB under 6’2″ can throw a football, or isn’t big and strong enough to take hits – it’s only about being able to see downfield over the line. Jackson thinks a QB needs to be 6’2″ to do that.

    Brees is 6’0″, and a pocket QB. He can see over the line. He’s not an exception – he doesn’t have some quality that other 6’0″ QBs don’t, like x-ray vision that allows him to see through the linemen. The elevation of his line-of-sight is exactly the same as any other 6’0″ QB.

    Jackson’s 6’2″ standard isn’t a “general rule” that has exceptions. Either all 6’0″ QBs can see downfield or all of them can’t, because the elevation of line-of-sight is a physical measurement that’s the same for all of them. If Brees can see downfield, every 6’0″ QB can. He’s not an exception to a general rule, he’s a counter-example to the assumption that QBs under 6’2″ can’t see downfield over the line.

    There IS a height at which QBs can’t see over the line – I don’t know what that height is, but it isn’t 6’2″.

  32. Hue Jackson making that stupid comment about a QB needs to be at least 6’2″, shows me where a lot of the blame for the Browns recent failures lies. That is just ignorant when you have QB’s like Wilson and Brees, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl winning QB’s.

  33. Don’t do it, kid! The Browns haven’t had a great quarterback since Boomer Esiason.

    Wait. Wrong Ohio team.

    The Browns haven’t had a great quarterback.

  34. ““Obviously [Trubisky] is a tremendous player,” Jackson said Thursday.”

    That isn’t obvious at all. He may develop into a decent pro QB but right now he’s a project, and you don’t draft a project with a single-digit draft pick…unless you’re the Browns.

  35. 2017 and 18 1st round picks for Kirk Cousins. Sign Marshall and D. Jackson, implement the Shanahan zone running scheme- and 2017 team hits the year at full throttle.
    Or wait and hope. Maybe it works out in a few years.

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