Cleveland Browns: 6 dark horse players to target in the 2018 NFL Draft

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 8: Dontre Wilson
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 8: Dontre Wilson /
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4. Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

Projected round: 4th

Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta gets a lot of run as the popular “Dark Horse” quarterback, but his profile just doesn’t fit what the Browns are doing offensivley.

Lauletta doesn’t have a big arm, but he does pass with touch and he gets read of the ball quickly. In the NFL, you can’t over emphasize how important that later trait can be.

But with Todd Haley on board as offensive coordinator, bigger arms are likely to carry more cache.

Enter Mike White. The Western Kentucky field general’s arm should have a first-round grade.

With that said, there’s a reason White is a dark horse. He’s so confident in his arm, he makes throws he shouldn’t even consider attempting. Plus, he’s not mobile, evidenced by the 46 sacks he took in his last collegiate season.

Lauletta was named the Senior Bowl’s MVP, but White had a great game, too.

When you consider he has experience running a Pro Style offense, and the fact the Browns have already done a little gushing over him while in Mobile, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder could make sense as developmental project.

GM John Dorsey should be open to a project at the position, as the Browns will need four quarterbacks in camp.

The team is expected to take a quarterback first overall, and he’ll join the quarterback room already inhabited by Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton.