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The Cleveland Browns already have four quarterbacks on the roster and unless something drastically happens, the only one with a chance of being the long-term is Robert Griffin III. Jacoby Brissett is in the second tier of quarterbacks in this draft class.
The former University of Florida transfer has a solid arm. Yet, in each aspect of quarterbacking, Brissett plays above average at best. Yes, he had his moments where he put up a ton of yardage and impressive plays, but it never seemed like he was able to reach his full potential.
Jackson’s former quarterback as offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals was Andy Dalton. Dalton was in a similar situation when he declared for the draft.
However, Dalton had much better supporting cast with him at TCU, which is why he was considered as a late first round pick, before ultimately being the Bengals’ second-round pick. With Jackson’s coaching and the Bengals approach to adding talent around Dalton he is now one of the better quarterbacks.
There has been plenty of discussion as to what under the radar quarterback (like Dalton was) who Jackson could be keeping his eyes on. Brissett fits that role and Jackson is just the coach to elevate a talented quarterback like Brissett to the next level, possibly for the long-term.
Thomas Duarte is likely to be chosen a bit sooner in this year’s draft because of the lack of talent at the position, as it is a weaker draft class. However, this is still a need and the more options the Browns quarterbacks have, the better their chances are of making plays.
Duarte is a converted wide receiver but being in the 6’2-6’3 range continues to add to the taller options for the Cleveland Browns offense. Cleveland simply needs play-makers regardless of wherever the players line up.
Duarte is far from a complete tight end. In college, UCLA did not use him as a blocker often. A comparison of a current NFL player to him would be New Orleans’ tight end Colby Fleener. Duarte can be used in various formations but actually doing more of the regular tight end responsibilities has to be improved upon.
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