Nov 28, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) is chased down by Stanford Cardinal linebacker James Vaughters (9) in the second half of the game at the Rose Bowl. Stanford won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
By now, we all know the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation is an ongoing comedy of errors, but we Browns fans aren’t giving up until the team finds the signal caller who can take the franchise to the next level.
Until the Browns identify a quarterback for the 2015 season, the Factory of Sadness will explore Cleveland’s options at quarterback through free agency and the NFL Draft.
Today’s quarterback under the microscope: UCLA’s Brett Hundley
• Hundley looks the part. At 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, he has the type of body that should hold up in the AFC North.
• He’s athletic. You just read a sentence about his big body, now pair that with speed and the ability to get out of the pocket and run.
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• Hundley projects as a second or third round pick. General manager Ray Farmer may not have to mortgage the future if truly interested in the 21-year-0ld quarterback.
• At UCLA, Hundley started three seasons, and declared for the draft because he graduated early and said he accomplished everything he set out to do with the Bruins.
He didn’t take the program to new heights, but was great statistically. Still, if stats were the only indicator of NFL success, Colt McCoy would be working on his Hall of Fame speech.
• Handley’s pocket presence leaves a lot to be desired, and considering how Manziel faltered in the pocket–the utmost importance should be paid to how a quarterback handles himself in the pocket.
• While Hundley has a nice arm, major questions have been raised concerning his accuracy and decision making.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Hundley’s 2014 season was that he failed to further develop these attributes. There’s a good chance he would’ve been a first-round pick had he entered the NFL Draft last spring, but with these traits failing to improve, Hundley has been labeled with a pre-combine second or third round projection.
• Hundley is widely considered the third-best quarterback in this draft, which means that if the Browns are truly interested, Farmer could feel some heat to overdraft the UCLA star.
With the Browns quarterback situation uncertain and the franchise’s need at an all-time desperate high, Cleveland should probably think twice about taking a risk on a player with a hazy future.
Unless Farmer is convinced Hundley can be a franchise quarterback, and the Browns are willing to develop him, the Browns shouldn’t make any drastic moves to acquire Hundley.
• There’s a keyword when it comes to Hundley: Development. He didn’t develop like the scouts would’ve liked to have seen this year. Add this to the Browns poor history of developing quarterbacks and the match looks like a disaster.
Handley could require pertinence, and with the current vibes being sent out, there’s probably going to be a lot of turnover in front office/coaching personnel if the Browns don’t win in 2015.
Recap: Hundley appears to possess the physical tools that NFL teams love their quarterbacks to possess, but would he achieve success with the bad-luck Browns?