Daily Dawg Tags: College bowl season quarterback primer

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs for a first down against the Kent State Golden Flashes during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs for a first down against the Kent State Golden Flashes during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns have a decision to make a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here is how you can watch the potential candidates in their respective bowl games.

The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback.

Starting at the top with owner Jimmy Haslam and working down through general manager John Dorsey, head coach (for now, maybe) Hue Jackson and the fans, everyone knows the simple fact that the Browns need to fix the quarterback position.

Luckily, the Browns are in a position to do that in the upcoming offseason. They have the available cap space to do something insane like hand $30 million a year to quarterback Kirk Cousins if he leaves the Washington Redskins as a free agent.

That would be the most Browns thing ever, but we’re going to give the team the benefit of the doubt here and assume that Haslam has finally gotten it right with the Dorsey hiring and he will fix the problem.

That leaves the 2018 NFL Draft, where the Browns are in a prime position to do whatever they want to fill the quarterback hole. With one more loss, or a win by the New York Giants, the Browns will secure the No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming draft. The Browns also hold the first-round selection of the Houston Texans, which currently sits at No. 4 overall, so there is no excuse for the Browns to not walk out of draft weekend with a prize quarterback.

They will have to buck history, of course, as the Browns have drafted a quarterback in the first round seven times in franchise history and only Tim Couch, the No. 1 overall selection in 1999, had any type of success at the NFL level.

History angers people, though, so we are solely focused on the present, and with bowl season in college football kicking off the next few weeks are going to be the last time that Browns fans can see the potential next quarterback of the team in game action.

Not everyone has declared for the draft, but the five quarterbacks who will most likely be in consideration are Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Sam Darnold of USC, Josh Allen of UCLA, Josh Rosen of Wyoming and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma.

To help Browns fans catch the quarterbacks in action, here is rundown of each player’s upcoming bowl game:

  • Josh Rosen: Wyoming vs. Central Michigan in the Potato Bowl, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. on ESPN
  • Josh Allen: UCLA vs. Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl, Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. on ESPN
  • Sam Darnold: USC vs. Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
  • Lamar Jackson: Louisville vs. Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl at 12 p.m. on ESPN
  • Baker Mayfield: Oklahoma vs. Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. on ESPN

With that, let’s roll into today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Looking for reasons to believe in John Dorsey

The Cleveland Browns are embarking on a new journey with general manager John Dorsey. But is he the right man to take the helm? We turned to Matt Conner from Arrowhead Addict for answers.

Going winless at home a new low for the Browns

The Cleveland Browns failed to win a home game for the first time since 1999 in what looks to be the team’s first 0-16 season in franchise history.

Browns need to hang up if Jeff Fisher calls

The Cleveland Browns should be in the market for a new head coach, but Jeff Fisher is not someone they should entertain for the position.

Browns last true hope for a win comes Sunday in Chicago (ESPN)

"The Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday was felt in Cleveland.vThat’s because the Cleveland Browns play their season finale in Pittsburgh, and with the loss to the Patriots, the Steelers will have much to play for in each of their last two games."

Schobert, Bitonio named Pro Bowl alternates (clevelandbrowns.com)

"The Browns could be represented at the 2018 Pro Bowl. Second-year linebacker Joe Schobert and offensive lineman Joel Bitonio were named alternates Tuesday night as the NFL released the annual all-star game’s rosters."

Danny Shelton plays Santa Paws at animal shelter (cleveland.com)

"Cleveland Browns lineman Danny Shelton donned a Santa Claus outfit and brought donations of holiday treats, food and toys for the dogs of the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter on Tuesday."

NFL news:

A.J. Green not worried about Marvin Lewis’ future (ESPN)

"Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green isn’t going to let the possibility of coach Marvin Lewis leaving at the end of the season affect him. Green has heard the news that Lewis will leave at the end of the season, which was only briefly addressed with the players following a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Green admitted that it has affected some of the members of the team, but he hasn’t let it change anything he does."

Thomas Davis suspension reduced to one game (The Charlotte Observer)

"Thomas Davis’ suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit will only cost the Carolina Panthers’ veteran linebacker half as much. NFL appeals officer James Thrash reduced Davis’ two-game suspension to one game, meaning Davis will be available for the Dec. 31 clash at Atlanta that could decide the NFC South."

Bill Belichick won’t let Alex Guerrero flap sow discontent (Boston Herald)

"“Pliability” has become a four-letter word in the Patriots’ locker room. Tom Brady’s longtime trainer/guru/mentor/business partner Alex Guerrero has been banned by Bill Belichick from treating any member of the Patriots but Brady from his digs near the Patriots locker room. Guerrero has also been booted from the team plane and had his credentials to work the sidelines of home and road games yanked."