Joe Thomas: Take a pass rusher with No. 1 pick, not a QB

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Left tackle Joe Thomas has spent his whole career with the Browns and he’s spent time blocking for more than his fair share of quarterbacks over the years.

That might make you think that Thomas would be banging the drum for the Browns to take a quarterback with the first overall pick this year. That’s not the case however.

“I would say you want to go defense,” Thomas said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I think you need to get a pass rusher. … You gotta be careful reaching for a quarterback at No. 1 because if they fail, they don’t help your team at all. Whereas if you pick a defensive lineman and maybe they don’t live up to the hype, you can still find a place to get him on the field and to have an impact. We’re a team that needs guys that can come in and start and that can contribute. I think that’s the risk of taking a quarterback.”

The question for the Browns is whether they would be reaching for a quarterback with the No. 1 pick or if the player they’d be taking is the right choice in that spot. As the Browns know, you could wind up with Tim Couch a year after Peyton Manning went in the same slot and it’s hard to know for sure which side of that fence you’re going to fall on when you’re handing the envelope to the Commissioner.

That makes the next few months of evaluation all the more important for the Browns, who also have the 12th overall pick to use to bolster their roster. If there isn’t a quarterback that fits their bill and they don’t trade down for the second year in a row, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett could wind up as their choice.

24 responses to “Joe Thomas: Take a pass rusher with No. 1 pick, not a QB

  1. The NFL continually shows there is no reason to pick a QB #1 or even in the first round. Do I expect the Browns or many other garbage organizations to grasp that? Nope.

  2. Just give the pick to the Patriots for Jimmy Garrapollo. At least you know somebody else besides the Browns staff thought he could play football.

  3. Stupidity runs rampant in the Browns organization. From Haslam’ s idiotic hires, to the Front Office patting themselves on the back for wasting 14 picks and going 1-15, to Who JakSon not knowing how to pick QBs to this lazy big mouth wanting a DE instead of a QB.

    Go ask the Texans how they have done with their DEs vs the Patriots. O yeah they got crushed becuz their QB blows

  4. davedsone says:
    Jan 26, 2017 4:52 PM
    Just give the pick to the Patriots for Jimmy Garrapollo. At least you know somebody else besides the Browns staff thought he could play football.
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    They could get Garoppolo for the their second first round pick. They should keep the first one for Myles Garrett. If you can get those two, the team has real improvement.

  5. Easy on the Tim Couch negativity. While I was not a fan of him back in the day, in hindsight I think he would have been a fine QB had he been with the right team. Tom Brady would have been destroyed behind that line that Tim had “blocking” for him and Brady would have washed out much the same as Tim did. No QB would have survived the carnage of having the equivalent of a HS all star team as an offensive line blocking for them. Not one of those lineman were even close to being an NFL lineman

  6. More like go for an offensive lineman. Every QB got injured behind that line.

    “Go ask the Texans how they have done with their DEs vs the Patriots. O yeah they got crushed becuz their QB blows”

    They were able to at least get to the patriots because they have a team. Teams without a line don’t even see the playoffs, aka colts, Vikings, browns.

  7. Thomas sounds as if he may have a future in personnel or scouting…..
    With the Browns.
    No worries though; no matter which position the Browns covet in theirs and upcoming drafts, it will be the wrong choice.

  8. Nope Joe, you’re quite wrong. You anchored the worst Oline in the league last season. Your group gave up a whopping 138 QB hits and 68 sacks, most in the league for both categories.

    No QB will survive long behind that awful unit. The Browns need to spend their top 3 picks on the Oline to try and fix it all at once. Then the following year they take the QB they need once they can keep him uninjured for more than 3-5 games if that long.

  9. Cant blame the guy if hes gunshy about drafting a QB w the first round pick. Its been such a flustercluck what makes him think its gonna work this time?
    Brittle Bob has got it covered.

  10. jakefootball340 says:
    Jan 26, 2017 5:04 PM
    Easy on the Tim Couch negativity. While I was not a fan of him back in the day, in hindsight I think he would have been a fine QB had he been with the right team. Tom Brady would have been destroyed behind that line that Tim had “blocking” for him and Brady would have washed out much the same as Tim did. No QB would have survived the carnage of having the equivalent of a HS all star team as an offensive line blocking for them. Not one of those lineman were even close to being an NFL lineman
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    Not buying your Brady not surviving Cleveland and I also don’t believe Couch was ever that good.

  11. Garoppolo may end up being Matt Cassel 2.0. People need to understand any QB will good playing in the Patriots system.

  12. People saying the browns O-line was the worst last year were not watching the games.. When your QB holds the ball forever chances are they are getting sacked.

  13. Just say “NO” to Garrett, all his stats were against lower tier talent, he disappeared against the big boys…. Allen is the choice

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 26, 2017 6:17 PM
    Garoppolo may end up being Matt Cassel 2.0. People need to understand any QB will good playing in the Patriots system.

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    A substitute QB may be ok, or “good enough” for awhile, but only one has been the greatest of all time. This is what you fail to understand time and again.

    As a Jets fan, don’t you have other things to be frustrated about than this subject you tirelessly champion? It’s the wrong path. What’s Geno Smith been up to?

  15. @harrisonhits, this is one of the worst OL drafts in years – do your homework. In fact, we were about 17th in pass protection this year, per PFF. PFF also clearly illustrated that our QBs took about half a second longer to get rid of the ball. Again, do your homework. We don’t have an OL problem, though we miss Mack and Schwartz; we have a QB problem. However, no QB is worth a top 15 pick this year (maybe not top 32). The Brown have a horrible pass rush and this is a bumper draft on the D side that roll with it. Add Gregg Williams to the mix as the DC and I expect our D will not be on the field as matched and therefore gassed in the 4th quarter. Houston didn’t miss on a QB by drafting the pass rushers they did.

  16. Thomas is right. None of these QBs looks like a franchise QB at this point. The holes on this team, aside from QB, are (in a 4-3) DT, SS, and FS. We also need a #1 WR. Coleman may develop into that, but his size is against him. Pryor, if he returns, strikes me as a #2. None of the other rookies fills that spot, nor does Hawk, and hoping that Gordon gets back on the field is like hoping the Browns find the next Tom Brady in the draft. I see Allen at number 1, looking for Fostor or Hooker at 12. Probably will trade 33 for Garappolo, and take a TE at 52. Look for us to go after a SS at 65. Hopefully, we can find a receiver in FA.

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