Browns G.M.: Four or five QB prospects possible at No. 1

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The Browns have four picks in the top 35 of the 2018 NFL Draft, but the biggest question they have to answer is how to use the first one, in an effort to find the elusive franchise quarterback.

And Browns General Manager John Dorsey wasn’t ready to narrow the field too much this week when asked at the Senior Bowl about the possibility of using the top pick on one.

He’s not used to having such choices. When he picked first in 2013 with the Chiefs there wasn’t a quarterback worth it and he ended up taking left tackle Eric Fisher. The highest drafted quarterback that year was EJ Manuel at 16, and he’s now the Raiders’ backup.

“In 2013, I had the first pick in the draft with the Kansas City Chiefs, and there really wasn’t a quarterback prospect there,” Dorsey told cleveland.com and a small group of reporters here. “Actually in this class there are four to five prospects that make you think at least are they worthy of that position. So now I think what you do is you let the process unfold.”

The conventional wisdom is that group includes Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, though Dorsey mentioning a fifth could bring in a player such as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson or Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph into the mix.

Regardless, it’s a rare opportunity for the Browns to fix a long-standing problem, making it an important week for Dorsey. He’ll talk to Mayfield and Allen this week, and will meet with the others down the line.

“You get to know each and every one of the prospects we talked about and we’re months away from this process,” Dorsey said. “We’re at the beginning stages. Let’s understand who they are as people, let’s understand them as football players, let’s see if they can be the face of the franchise. Are they the guys for the Cleveland Browns? That’s how I look at this.”

Asked if it was safe to say he was taking a quarterback first, he replied: “It’s safe to say ‘you never know.”

But you kind of know. And at least this time, he has a choice to make.

32 responses to “Browns G.M.: Four or five QB prospects possible at No. 1

  1. Wow! A GM that wants to meet and talk to each of the potential picks. That’s a unique approach from the past regime.

  2. “So now I think what you do is you let the process unfold.”

    How many Browns fans cringed at that remark? Can it please be a different process this time around…

  3. it’s a rare opportunity for the Browns to fix a long-standing problem,

    Really? Don’t the Browns have a top 5 pick every year? How many QB’s have they taken in the first two rounds over the past 5 years?

  4. I don’t understand why the automatic assumption is that Dorsey will take a QB first. He might make a play to get Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, or even try for A.J. McCarron once again. He also might go after one of the Vikings QB’s who are free agents. There are enough options available that he really isn’t forced to have to take a QB first, especially when you consider the cap space they have.

  5. They should use all 4 of those picks on QBs…because you know as well as I do they will pick the wrong one, just saying.

  6. Regardless of which QB they draft, Browns need to acquire a veteran to start while developing the rookie. None of the top 5 QB prospects are can’t miss franchise QB’s. On most prospect rankings by scouts and talent evaluators (which is an entirely different thing from mock drafts) none of them are even in the top 10.

  7. “The Browns have four picks in the top 35 of the 2018 NFL Draft, but the biggest question they have to answer is how to use the first one, in an effort to find the elusive franchise quarterback.”

    Its not so elusive. The Browns just bailed out and passed on several very good ones. Its their own fault.

  8. britishraven says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:45 am
    Draft a QB with every pick you have – surely not all of them can be busts… can they?
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    In all honesty I don’t think this is a bad strategy, especially for a franchise like the Browns. QB is the THE most important position on the field. If you don’t have one, you have nothing. So until you get that figured out, it really doesn’t matter who else you draft. I know it sounds crazy, but if it works & you get at least ONE franchise QB out of it wouldn’t you call it a successful strategy? And if you get 2 or more? You just trade the one you like the least.

    I mean, NO ONE has the sack to actually do this. But I would love to see it.

  9. Trade draft positions for a legitimate experienced veteran. Draft the best potential “Face of the Browns” QB. Play your veteran and school your draft pick (slowly) ..

  10. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says:
    January 24, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Wow! A GM that wants to meet and talk to each of the potential picks. That’s a unique approach from the past regime.
    ……….
    one name -HUE JACKSON. How many wins does he have the last 4 seasons? And tell me why he is still the coach. Something corrupt is going on it so blatanly obvious. NFL coaches get canned for poor playoff showings ( Mularky) and here this Jackson guy just wont go away for you browns fans and players. You folk cant honestly want him as a coach can you? Ya’ll need Caldwell to right the ship again. I felt he did a good job in Detroit with that.

  11. if they like 4 they should trade out of the number 1 spot and pick the QB with the 4th overall. You get way too much by doing so when there is no clear right answer other than…Mayfield will be an epic bust

  12. Look for Dorsey to hook up with his former team and work out a deal for Alex Smith. Smith would be a great teacher for Kizer and bring some much needed stability to the position.

  13. They should take Barkley #1, then, with the 4th pick, take either Darnold, Rosen or Mayfield, in that order. They should then trade Kizer and a 2nd round pick to the Eagles for Foles. That will allow the rookie QB time to learn and develop behind Foles.

  14. They should take Barkley at 1 and I guess a QB at 4, though I have a feeling that Mayfield or Rudolph, who will go later in the 1st or maybe even early 2nd, will be the best QB in this draft.

  15. “In 2013, I had the first pick in the draft with the Kansas City Chiefs, and there really wasn’t a quarterback prospect there…Actually in this class there are four to five prospects that make you think at least are they worthy of that position.”

    With 4-5 options available, must be hard to choose who’s going to be the next guy to have their career annihilated.

    OR they could do the smart thing — get an experienced vet in FA or via trade, and have that person start a couple seasons and help develop whoever might be the next QB.

  16. My money is on the Browns trading out of 1 thinking they like 3 guys and are scared to chose one. They know the Colts won’t take a QB. Then the Colts trade down and QBs 1-3 are off the board and the Browns get desperate and reach for Baker Mayfield. They say how he won’t start right away, yada yada, Hue gets antsy and puts him in the game week 2 and he gets killed for 14 more weeks. Browns are right back here next year.

  17. Wow! A GM that wants to meet and talk to each of the potential picks. That’s a unique approach from the past regime.

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    I seriously hope sarcasm. Just take the QB that the Giants really want. Rosen. That would be something new.

  18. ochostinko says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:30 am
    I don’t understand why the automatic assumption is that Dorsey will take a QB first. He might make a play to get Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, or even try for A.J. McCarron once again. He also might go after one of the Vikings QB’s who are free agents. There are enough options available that he really isn’t forced to have to take a QB first, especially when you consider the cap space they have.

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    Because if you watched the Browns you know they were a team with 0 QB’s and 3 running backs (let’s face it Kizer was the most reliable running back on the team and that’s saying something because Crowell wasn’t terrible). They were 3rd in the league in yards per carry yet had 0 wins because they were 1st in the league in Interceptions. In order to no longer be 0-16 your running game doesn’t need to change but the interceptions does (which is why the Barkley at #1 people should be ignored since they just want stats which doesn’t = wins).

    That means 2 of the 3 QB’s currently on the Browns will be getting the boot. If you have the first pick then it HAS to be a QB because that it the teams biggest need but they also will need a veteran who can make a difference immediately in case Kizer doesn’t get better with his decision making in year 2.

  19. savethebs says:
    January 24, 2018 at 8:00 am
    britishraven says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:45 am
    Draft a QB with every pick you have – surely not all of them can be busts… can they?
    —————-
    In all honesty I don’t think this is a bad strategy, especially for a franchise like the Browns. QB is the THE most important position on the field. If you don’t have one, you have nothing. So until you get that figured out, it really doesn’t matter who else you draft. I know it sounds crazy, but if it works & you get at least ONE franchise QB out of it wouldn’t you call it a successful strategy? And if you get 2 or more? You just trade the one you like the least.

    I mean, NO ONE has the sack to actually do this. But I would love to see it.
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    DUMB AND DUMBER!!! Where would the Jaguars be with that type of nonsense!!! You don’t win just because you have even a great QB in todays game. Well that is the potential cost of using all picks on QB’s!!!! And only one QB can play at a time!! SMH!!!

  20. savethebs says:
    January 24, 2018 at 8:00 am
    britishraven says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:45 am
    Draft a QB with every pick you have – surely not all of them can be busts… can they?
    ______________
    So, the Browns would not benefit with a Ju Ju Shuester, A Joey Bosa, an Ezekiel Elliot, a Miles Jack, A Jalen Ramsey!!! So, you just waste the opportunity and LET OTHER TEAMS get those players while you stock pile QB’s!!! SMH. This cannot be real logic.

  21. If Cleveland drafts a QB at #1, it will be the WRONG QB. It does not matter who they pick, it will wind up being the wrong guy.

  22. The Browns won’t need to draft a QB at all if they get Cousins or Smith. Then they can take the best player available at every spot … and that’s what Dorsey usually does. Kizer will be a franchise QB in a year or two if Jackson stays the hell away from him, so with a veteran and Kizer, they will be set.

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