Cleveland Browns: 5 AAF players who should be invited to Training Camp

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5. Garrett Gilbert, QB, Orlando Apollos

The idea of inviting a quarterback from the AAF camp becomes a lot easier to write with a franchise quarterback in place because this isn’t about the Browns chasing an unknown to come in and save the franchise.

Rather, Cleveland would be building depth at the position behind Baker Mayfield Drew Stanton and a likely mid- to late-round draft developmental choice in this spring’s draft.

So with the idea that the Browns are going to need four quarterbacks in camp to throw all those footballs around, why not invite the AAF’s best quarterback, Garrett Gilbert?

If the upstart league ended its season today, Garrett would be the MVP after completing 62.8 percent of his passes, while throwing for 9.2 yards per attempt.

Interestingly, Gilbert turned down an NFL future’s contract to play in the AAF, so that he could show off his skillset.

So he’s on NFL radars after being drafted by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After being waived there, he spent time on New England’s practice squad, and if Bill Belichick is interested, well so am I.

Quarterback play has been a weak spot in the AAF, but Garrett is one of the few who have really stood out.

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Again, the Browns are lucky to be in the situation they are in with Mayfield, but that doesn’t mean they should stop looking for talent.