All 38 Cleveland Browns Starting Quarterbacks Since 1999, Ranked Worst to Best

The good, the bad and the ugly all show up on the rankings of all 38 quarterbacks to have started a game for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise returned for the 1999 season.
Baker Mayfield and the other 37 quarterbacks the Browns have had since 1999, ranked.
Baker Mayfield and the other 37 quarterbacks the Browns have had since 1999, ranked. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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26. Jeff Driskel

It's easy to forget Jeff Driskel actually started a game as part of the revolving-door quarterback situation. Part of that is because he was one of five quarterbacks to start a game for the year, and part of that is because his performance was as run-of-the-mill as it gets.

Driskel completed exactly 50% of his passes (13 of 26) for just 166 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His longest completion went for only 31 yards, and he was truly as unremarkable as can be. Not horrible, I guess, but not enough to earn a second start even for a team desperate to find QB help.

25. Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor came to Cleveland after stringing together three very serviceable years as the Buffalo Bills' starter, even making a Pro Bowl.

I love Taylor's game, and if this was just a ranking of the quality of quarterback these guys were over their whole careers I'd have him much higher on the list. But even I can't argue with the results when he started for the Browns.

Taylor's Week 3 injury paved the way for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield to take over the starting job, but Taylor's play was going to let that happen soon anyway.

Taylor was just 41-of-84 passing (48.8%) with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions over the three starts. He contributed 125 yards and 1 touchdown with his legs, but he also lost another 81 yards on sacks, so that was a bit of a wash. 

On the plus side, the Week 1 tie he orchestrated against the Steelers did snap our 17-game losing streak.

24. Brady Quinn

A first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Brady Quinn had a benefit that not all young Browns QBs got. He was actually brought along slowly, not forced into a starting role right from the start.

Of course, by the time he did end up starting it was clear he was never going to be ready for the job.

Quinn made three starts in his sophomore season, completing 50.6% of his passes with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Things stayed about the same from there, going 2-7 across nine starts in his second season while completing 53.4% of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Quinn wasn’t a total failure, but that kind of production in his third year as a pro made it clear that a future as a starting NFL quarterback wasn’t in the cards for the Notre Dame alum.