With the Cleveland Browns hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars today, the race for a top pick, and a franchise quarterback is front and center. Both the Browns and the Jaguars are likely to look to the 2014 draft for their future signal caller. The Jags have shown signs of life over the past few weeks and could be playing themselves out of the top draft pick, while the Browns’ play could lead them to a top 5 pick.
Looking forward to the post draft Browns’ QB depth chart will be interesting. Does the new franchise pick take over right away, do both Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell stick around another year and how do they get rid of Brandon Weeden? Is there a big time free agent available, say Jay Cutler, that they try to make a big push for instead of using a high draft pick?
I expect the new Browns’ Front Office to look at the QB position as the primary goal this off-season. Similar to the Washington Redskins 2 drafts ago, it is possible the Browns look to draft 2 QBs and not just 1 this year. Brian Hoyer’s recovery will play a huge role in decisions this off-season. Expect the Browns to carry both Hoyer and Campbell into Training Camp, as they hedge their bets on Hoyer’s recovery. If Hoyer is recovered fully the Browns will look to move Campbell for a low round draft pick or just release him.
As for the draft, the Browns have made it clear that a Cam Newton type draft pick would be perfect for what they want to do. A quarterback who can throw the deep ball and keep plays alive with his legs would be a perfect fit. At this point its difficult to project where the Browns will pick and who could be available at that point. It is safe to say players such as Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundely, Derek Carr and even Johnny Manziel will be evaluated for this pick. Later in the draft, starting with their 2nd 4th rounder but more likely in the 5th and beyond, the Browns would look for a development pick.
A perfect fit may be Kenny Guiton, the backup QB at The Ohio State University. Guiton showed the ability to play well when he replaced Braxton Miller and provided great leadership as a backup who accepted his role on the team. Guiton showed he can run and pass well enough to make him worth a risk. A player recovering from injury, like Zach Mettenberger, or a small school player like Jordan Lynch could also be intriguing for the team late in the draft.
That would leave the following depth chart starting off the season:
QB 1: Brian Hoyer
QB 2: First Round Pick (Most likely Derek Carr or Johnny Manziel)
QB 3: Late Round Pick (Kenny Guiton)
Browns faithful how would you feel going into next year with this QB room?