As we sludge through to the 2014 NFL Draft in May there are many ways that the players, teams and possible transactions can be evaluated. Rob Rang, who we have covered in his Mock Drafts and will cover later today his updated on, provided a very interesting piece about how each quarterback in this draft fits with the teams in desperate need of one. Here is what he had to say about the Browns.
No. 4: Cleveland Browns
Best fit: Bortles
Good fit: Bridgewater
Poor fit: Manziel
The wild card in the equation is new general manager Ray Farmer, who recently told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he already has one quarterback in his sights.
He gave a short paragraph on each of these quarterbacks that you can read in his article but makes a interesting delineation here that many are not ready to make, and that may be made based on old school thinking. He basically ranked these QBs based on their size and arm strength. Bortles being the biggest with the most upside, Bridgewater being just a bit bigger then Manziel and a more traditional pocket passer. Finally Manziel the wildcard of the draft is last due to his arm strength and size in the winds and gusts of Cleveland and Lake Erie being the reasons he is a poor fit.
Rang actually has Manziel as a Poor Fit to the Texans and Vikings, a Good Fit to the Jags and the Best Fit to the Raiders. He notes that for the Raiders they need a playmaker, don’t the Browns, Jags and Texans, and that Manziel would fit the bill. Is this all based on the old school mentality of size and pocket passing as the most important need for a team? Does the fit with the Raiders only due to the notion of who the Raiders have been or the fact they have zero identity and Manziel would at least give them that?
What is your ranking of the 3 QBs for the Browns in terms of fit? Do you agree with Rang? Do you like the new wave concept that could mean Manziel could succeed? Are you old school?