Browns Head Coach, Hue Jackson has made it clear that the Browns need a quarterback.
At the NFL Combine yesterday, he guaranteed the Browns will come out of the Draft with a QB though he wouldn't say where they would draft one. The Browns have the second pick in the Draft on April 28 in Chicago.
North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and Cal's Jared Goff have been mock draft selections by the Browns, according to experts. However, Paxton Lynch, the 6'6, 225lb QB from Memphis and Ohio State's Cardale Jones have also been rumored to be on the Browns draft board.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
"We will come out of this Draft with a quarterback." Jackson said to Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, "I can guarantee you that."
Jackson would not commit to taking a QB with the second pick and reminded reporters that the Draft has seven rounds.
Jackson has been rumored to like Wentz due to his size (6'5) and maturity. Mike Mayock, NFL Network Draft Expert, compared Wentz's potential to that of Andrew Luck.
Reports also say the Browns are interested to see what Goff and Lynch do in their work-outs.
Making a statement
Jackson is quickly turning the negative vision of Browns fans into a more positive view. He needs to do well in the Draft to keep his positive momentum with the fans.
The answer won't come on Draft Night. The answer, more than likely, will not come until the end of the 2016 season when the on-field performance can be evaluated as a whole.
Jackson will also rely on his staff, specifically Pep Hamilton, to work with him to pick the players that will benefit the Browns the most. While the Browns bluff and pretend that their options are open, it is a well known fact that the Browns need a franchise quarterback.
While the Browns bluff and pretend that their options are open, it is a well-known fact that the hey need a franchise quarterback.
Cleveland will also have to address the Offensive Line.
Center, Alex Mack, is a free agent and is reportedly looking for $10 million a year, which the Browns will not pay. Mitchell Schwartz is also a free agent and while Schwartz is not asking for Alex Mack money, it is probable that he will go elsewhere.
Second year Offensive Lineman Cameron Erving had a horrific rookie season. He is expected to replace Mack at Center but the questions surrounding Erving may indicate an Offensive lineman selection early in the Draft.
The Browns receivers were small last season. Small in size and talent. With the potential return of Josh Gordon and the success of Tight End Gary Barnidge, the team will look for help in free agency and the Draft to fill their pass catching needs.
Travis Benjamin contract talks reportedly failed and he will be testing the free agent market.
Defensively, the Browns are a mess. Players drafted to rush the passer were dropped into coverage in former coach Mike Pettine's defense.
The defense was very complex and the Linebackers were not in sync with the Defensive Line. Most plays, the Linebackers had to read the Line to know what to do.
In the secondary, the Browns utilized the every man for himself strategy. Veterans, Carlos Dansby and Donte Whitner will return on defense, however, questionable draft picks, including Barkaveous Mingo and Danny Shelton could mean the Browns draft some defensive relief.
The priority for the Browns is drafting a franchise quarterback, or two. Cleveland will have to draft smart to address the issues on both sides of the ball.
It will be difficult for the Browns to win 10 games. Fans will accept that if the Ohio franchise start drafting talent instead of busts. Hue Jackson has his hands full and an entire fan base looking over his shoulder.