The Cleveland Browns are hoping to end their two-plus-decade stretch of poor quarterback play, but none of the best prospects in the 2018 draft have captivated the team yet.
Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports he learned at the Senior Bowl that Cleveland is “not presently enamored with any of the top quarterbacks.”
Depending on who you ask, that group includes UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and potentially Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. And there’s certainly not a unanimous choice for No. 1 prospect.
Each of those quarterbacks have a glaring flaw, whether it’s a troubling trend of decisions, inconsistent accuracy, bad footwork or a combination. But unless Kirk Cousins surprisingly signs, Cleveland is expected to select a quarterback anyway.
Put simply, this report can be both truthful while not indicating the Browns are shying away from picking a new signal-caller. Rather, it’s that Cleveland understands the class lacks an obvious choice at the top.
The challenge is finding the quarterback who eventually becomes a star, and that responsibility falls on the front office as the pre-draft process continues with the NFL Scouting Combine.
Although the Browns regularly failed those assessments in the past, perhaps new GM John Dorsey will reverse the franchise’s fortunes.