The Cleveland Browns are expected to take a quarterback later this week. However, just because it is a need, does not mean they will draft one.
People within the Cleveland Browns‘ headquarters, along with those not associated with the team have mixed opinions regarding the quarterback position. Should Cleveland draft one during the 2017 NFL Draft, and if so, who should it be?
Regardless of one’s preference, the fact of the matter is that Cleveland needs their long-term answer. There is bad news though as that player who fits the long-term role may not be in this year’s draft.
As the draft process continues, it is easy for Cleveland to talk themselves into liking and preferring a player. Simultaneously, the same can be said for Cleveland and the rest of the NFL to change their minds on certain players and decide to look elsewhere.
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Given the quarterback need Cleveland has, it will be surprising to see them not drafting one early on.
So, temptation could push them into taking a quarterback that they hope will become special.
Cleveland has approached the draft that way before and doing so again is not necessarily the best way to view the position this year. Either EVP of football operations Sashi Brown and company likes a certain quarterback enough as their next potential quarterback or not.
The Browns should not feel obligated to draft a quarterback just to draft one. Should the Browns opt to not go quarterback and instead figures out the position later, then so be it.
Assuming such a scenario happens, second-year quarterback Cody Kessler will get his chance to show if he is capable of leading Cleveland for years to come.
If Cleveland goes quarterback Thursday or Friday, the top decision-makers must be completely sold on that signal-caller. I cannot say confidently past regimes’ beliefs were consensus or even close to it.
Had this year’s draft included a sure-fire top quarterback or two, there would not be a debate as to who Cleveland’s QB preference should be. Since that is not possible, either Kessler or one of those top four quarterbacks will be starting the majority of the Browns’ 2017 season.