NFL Draft: Quarterbacks and Opportunity Cost

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive end Barkevious Mingo (LSU) as the sixth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft creeps ever closer with the Thursday and Friday night prime-time events readying to change the fortunes of NFL Franchises and college hopefuls alike. The Cleveland Browns have 3 of the top 35 picks and 5 in the first 100 selections. Needless to say this draft, Ray Farmer’s first in the big chair, could change the direction of the team, or continue the years of misery.

For Browns fans Mock Drafts, like our 7 Rounder, give us ideas, hopes, dreams and sometimes something to pray the team avoids. Most Mock Drafts seem relatively certain that the team will select a QB early, within the first 3 picks. Selecting a QB, or any player for that matter, adds that talent to the team but also represents opportunity cost.

Opportunity cost is what you lose, or don’t have the opportunity to do, when you make a decision. By deciding to write this article my opportunity cost is more time sleeping. When you take a job offer your opportunity cost is other possible jobs that you could of found if you kept looking.

Opportunity cost is what we will look at for the Browns with their first 3 picks. We will assume the Browns drafting a QB with one of those picks a WR with another and a defender with the other. Those are obviously not guaranteed selections but the limiting helps with the opportunity cost discussion. We will start with QB at #4 on the next page:

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  • Richard Ciesielski

    We have five of the top 100 picks, that being said , if we have have to trade up for Watkins DO IT. If its just to steep then go with Clowney at the 4th pic, and I’m saying that just so the Browns have a second choice for number 4.Yes, we need a QB, Manziel, Bridgewater or Carr would rock at 26. We need sure things, not gambles. If we get a QB fourth its going to be the quarterback waltz thats been aired only in Cleveland since Tim Couch, and even then guys like me were broken records saying get Manning (Payton). Even when we got Garcia I was saying get Manning (Eli). Here’s my main point – show me a good team whos recievers constantly drop the ball. Ask ANY of the QB’s we’ve ever had, EVER, if they felt they were made better with a good back up quarterback, or if they could have been better with someone on the feild who could CATCH THEIR PASSES.

  • paulbip

    It may be possible for Mack, Garoppolo, Moncrief.

    • Jared Mueller

      Very true. Would you like that one?

      • paulbip

        Just look at what Mack did to Ohio State. I would take any of the top 4 except Watkins. I would take Matthews before Watkins. There are 10 WR’s that could be very productive in this draft so why grab one at 4?

        • Jared Mueller

          I agree with you but I would also take any of the 3 QBs as well which I know many would not do.

          • paulbip

            If an OL is not taken in the ist round and Yankey is there for the browns 2nd round pick, it would be tuff to pass him up. He’s smart, could play any position on the OL, play this year, and be insurance if Mack leaves in 2 years. It looks like he has moved into the first round now.