Cleveland Browns: The QB questions continue with the 2017 NFL Draft
The first model dictates that an NFL-caliber quarterback is extremely valuable. It is so valuable that any cost to obtain an elite quarterback is more than worth any price. These people are looking for a quarterback hero to lead their team into the promised land.
As a special part of these sections, I am providing appropriate music to accompany the analysis. First up, “Holding out for a Hero,” by Bonnie Tyler.
In Browns land, the quarterback hero school is typified by the Browns media at large. Key proponents include Tony Grossi, Pat McManamon and Mary Kay Cabot. This idea is not simply limited to the media, as Browns’ employee Nathan Zegura is a proponent of a variation of this model as well.
In general, this model advocates using the first overall pick on a quarterback. If he turns out to be a franchise quarterback it was worth it. If not, the pick was a bust.
This line of thought can be used to justify trading entire drafts for a franchise quarterback. The argument goes along the lines of the end justifies the means. The end, a quarterback, is so value that any means of obtaining that quarterback (regardless of cost or reason) is justified.
For this group, if there is a quarterback that the Browns believe can be a franchise quarterback on the board, he must be taken first overall. He must be taken even if the quality of the quarterback does not correlate to the quality of player a team could acquire at number one otherwise.
The end, the franchise quarterback, justifies the means and cost.