Cleveland Browns should just draft two quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft
The quarterback class in this year’s NFL Draft has plenty of potential to produce some high quality starters. That’s exactly why the Cleveland Browns should swing for the fences and bring in two this offseason.
Sound crazy for the Cleveland Browns to go for two signal callers in the 2018 NFL Draft? Maybe not, in fact, drafting two quarterbacks in one draft isn’t all that strange. Several teams have done it lately, including the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.
Both those teams, however, drafted their second quarterback late in the draft. Those late picks were more for projects that the staff could potentially mold and use down the road if needed. There was no issue of two rookie quarterbacks realistically competing for the starting spot.
That was, until the Redskins and coach Mike Shanahan took two of the more talented quarterbacks in the 2012 draft. They took quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in the first and fourth rounds, respectively. The team took some heat for taking another quarterback in Cousins that many scouts saw as a future NFL starter.
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Fast forward to today, and it’s evident that the Redskins made the right choice. Griffin is no longer to be found as a target for NFL franchises, while Cousins is about to get a huge payday. This is the year that Cleveland should follow that controversial plan and take two respected quarterbacks.
While there are a few quality quarterbacks in this free agent class, the truth is that they are going to be pricy. Kirk Cousins is going to warrant over $25 to $30 million dollars in cap space per year.
While the Browns have that much and more in cap space, they’ll probably be beaten out by a team that’s more fit to win now. That leaves quarterback A.J. McCarron from the Cincinnati Bengals. Starting in only 3 games as a pro, it would be ill advised for Cleveland to overpay for him.
The Browns have plenty of draft picks this season to make a bold move like this. They don’t need to settle for someone who may or may not improve this team. Head coach Hue Jackson may not have a very long leash, and he needs wins now. But this team also needs to plan for the future. They can’t afford to overpay an unproven veteran, no matter how much money they may have.
General Manager John Dorsey and Jackson need to take whoever they deem to be the best quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick. Then with one of their other five picks in the top-65 picks in the 2018 draft, the Browns should take another one — potentially a Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State or Luke Falk from Washington State.
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The Browns have missed on too many quarterback prospects in the last few seasons. Taking two this year will improve their chances of hitting on one, and may finally help solve the 20-year cycle at the quarterback position.