One local scribe is reporting the Cleveland Browns did no homework on Dak Prescott leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dak Prescott wasn’t on a lot of teams radars entering the 2016 NFL Draft. Sure, teams were intrigued by Prescott, who had a great career at Mississippi State, but no mock draft expert had him pegged as an elite, future franchise quarterback.
Every team passed on Prescott, until the Cowboys nabbed him in the fourth round.
The quarterback starved Browns answered their quarterback need by selecting Cody Kessler in the third round.
Many pundits thought the Browns reached on Kessler, but the #GPODAWPUND had no choice to trust Hue Jackson.
To Jackson’s credit, Kessler’s come as advertised. He’s accurate and doesn’t turn the ball over. Unfortunately, he doesn’t win any games, either.
With Kessler’s selection, we know the team was searching for a quarterback in the third or fourth rounds.
Character issues were raised over Prescott, who was charged with a DUI before the draft. He was acquitted of the charges in July, but the incident may have caused some teams to back away from making him their pick.
Surely, the Browns had to have done their homework on Prescott. He was an exciting talent during his college days, setting 25 records at Mississippi State.
At the VERY LEAST, The Browns probably talked to Prescott before the draft, right? You don’t need to be in public relations to know the DUI is a bad look. But one would hope the Browns would question Prescott. Perhaps the kid just had a bad night. Maybe they would’ve found out the kid already has a graduate degree and is mentally tough.
Well if you thought any of this, you’d be wrong.
The Browns haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Bernie Kosar was the staring act back in the 80s. However, it doesn’t appear Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta even kicked the tires on Prescott.
The team did no homework on Prescott, and didn’t even talk to him, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.
When Grossi asked the Browns about his status, the organization didn’t supply a comment.
So not only did the Browns pass on an obvious future franchise quarterback (Carson Wentz), but their new Harvard educated front office failed to due diligence required to recognize Prescott.
And in truth, it shouldn’t have been that hard.
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Knowing they’d be probably selecting a quarterback in the third or fourth rounds, Prescott’s size and arm strength should’ve been immediate indicators. At 6-foot-2, 226 pounds, he possesses the big arm needed to win in Cleveland winters. He’s also athletic. He can make plays from the pocket, but should he need to, he can cause defenses fits on the run.
For what it’s worth, Jackson would offer a differing opinion from what Grossi is sharing on Social Media.
Before the Browns played Dallas in Week 9, the coach said the Browns really liked Prescott, via CBS Sports.
“We liked [Prescott in the draft],” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “Obviously, he’s shown to be really good. He was definitely a guy that was in consideration, but obviously we have the guy that we took and they have the guy that they took. Everybody has the right guy for them, and he fits for them.”
Believe what you want, but there is one indisputable fact to come out of all of this. The Browns don’t have Prescott, or a franchise quarterback.