Cleveland’s quarterback problem has to be solved somehow, or else fans will be enduring another season in which each week’s starting quarterback is signed to the roster the Tuesday prior to the game.
Mahomes could be a long-term solution, as he has the physical ability and the unique element of size combined with speed and elusiveness. Since the Browns lack a real offensive identity at the moment, signing a quarterback like this wouldn’t be a contradiction stylistically. On the contrary, it would provide some much-needed swagger to the position in the form of a natural leader who could instantly change the franchise’s fortunes.
Head coach Hue Jackson is offensive-minded, serving as yet another benefit to drafting a project with a lot of potential. The Browns will clearly need to build around Mahomes, and may even stick with Kessler at the position in 2017, but the offense would be moving in the right direction if Mahomes reaches his full potential in an offense that needs an explosive play-maker.
The target pick for Cleveland to take Mahomes would be the first pick of the second round, No. 33 overall. This gives the Browns two picks before they acquire their quarterback, making him a lower risk than a more highly rated quarterback, but still a player with a high potential reward.