Cleveland Browns: If Drafting A QB, Then Why Not Patrick Mahomes?

Nov 19, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (5) throws a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (5) throws a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports /

Unless the Cleveland Browns trade for a signal caller, then drafting a quarterback is the likely route. So, instead of someone who has received plenty of hype already, how about someone on the rise?

The Cleveland Browns need talent. Plain and simple, regardless of the position. The need for a long-term quarterback is also still evident. However, Cleveland could be content with rebuilding with Cody Kessler or at least with him being a stopgap quarterback.

For the purpose of this piece, suppose that is not the case. With various opinions all over the board regarding the 2017 quarterback group, it makes sense to wait on drafting one.

Who knows, Cleveland could get their guy later than expected. Not to mention they instead would be able to address other needs in the meantime.

Among the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft who has been talked up the most has been UNC’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. Yet, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes may end up being the best of them all.

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Player rankings will continue to change until the draft is here and once the end of April gets here, don’t be shocked if Mahomes is viewed as this class’ top or second ranked quarterback. We saw last year that Cleveland’s front office significantly flipped their roster. As a result, Cleveland was better able to evaluate players who will or will not end up having a future with the Browns.

Sure, that approach is still ongoing. At the same time though, Cleveland’s coaching staff and front office now knows what they can work with after a year with the organization. As the Browns continue to add talent, Mahomes could be an under the radar value pick.

The former Red Raider in terms of just an athlete, is the most athletic at his position in the draft. Yes, Mahomes is a risk taker at times, but unless you’re as close to a sure thing atop the draft, who isn’t?

Besides, risk taking occasionally is a good thing for a quarterback. If Mahomes (and others for that matter) was not like that, he would be strictly labeled as a game manager.

With Hue Jackson leading the Browns, in addition to being one of the best coaching quarterbacks, Mahomes would benefit greatly. It is crazy to think of how quickly and often (not to mention impressive) Texas Tech’s offense scores.

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I am confident that if Mahomes had gone to a school with an offense that translated better to the NFL that the discussion would be where he would get drafted among the top selections. That is not the only reason why he is not considered a top pick.

All that said, I envision Mahomes ending up in a similar situation to that of Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgwater and Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr. Both of those players ultimately were considered first round picks. Bridgewater ended up the 32nd pick after Minnesota traded up, while Oakland took Carr in the second round in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For those that want a Trubiksy, Watson, Kizer, etc., I get it. On the other hand, suppose Cleveland drafts Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett first overall and either an offensive tackle or a defensive back 12th overall.

The Browns could then weigh trading back up into the first round (yes, you read that right) to select Mahomes. Or they could hope that he drops to their first second round, 33rd overall.

After Cleveland’s first three picks, a drafted class would be Garrett, an offensive tackle/defensive back, and Mahomes. Should this hypothetical approach play out, that would be one great haul early on. If that were to happen, how could you knock it?

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Remember, Mahomes has the skill set to be an impressive player and each year one could tell he was improving in key ways. Combine him with Jackson, free agent signings, and additional drafted talent could be the recipe for success.