Daily Dawg Tags: Browns nearing quarterback consensus
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns are selecting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick and they are now zeroing in on who that player will be.
The Cleveland Browns are virtually a lock to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick on the 2018 NFL Draft.
But with 30 days to go until the big night, just who that player will be remains a mystery.
The Browns will continue to work through the process as they have scheduled visits with quarterbacks Sam Darnold of USC, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Josh Allen of Wyoming and Josh Rosen of UCLA.
It is all in an attempt to reach, in the words of Hue Jackson, a “consensus” about who the team’s next franchise quarterback candidate will be. Jackson, speaking on Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, laid out the plan, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“I think we all have a pretty good understanding of who the guys are, what they bring to the table. They’re all very worthy candidates. They’re all kind of different. But then again, we have to see what’s the best fit for us. We’ll get together here soon and put our heads together and see what’s best.”"
It is probably nothing more than a pleasant fiction to think that a group of strong-minded people like Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and general manager John Dorsey will all come to the same conclusion about which quarterback to select.
Rather, it seems more likely that, since he has the final say, Dorsey will have a favorite and then everyone else in the room will have to change his mind.
While the Browns can still get this wrong, there is good news as Jackson claims that the rookie quarterback will sit the entire year, barring an emergency situation with starter Tyrod Taylor and backup Drew Stanton.
It will be up to Dorsey to hold Jackson to the plan, but as long as Taylor doesn’t completely fall apart or suffer a season-ending surgery, that shouldn’t prove that difficult.
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"Jimmy and Dee Haslam met with the members of the Browns media here at the NFL Annual Meetings Tuesday and addressed a wide range of topics, from Jimmy attending the Pro Days of Sam Darnold and Josh Allen to the Browns starting the new uniform process with the NFL office."
Teams unanimously approve simplified catch rule (NFL.com)
"The NFL has a new catch rule. League owners approved modifications to the catch rule for the 2018 season during the Annual League Meeting on Tuesday. The changes passed unanimously on a 32-0 vote, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported."
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"Could the Steelers really draft a quarterback in the first two rounds in the NFL Draft? Yes. They could. Should they? No. They have more pressing needs."
Jon Gruden probably does not understand modern analytics, but that’s OK (East Bay Times)
"At the NFL Draft scouting combine, old/new Raiders coach Jon Gruden said that he wanted to “throw the game back to 1998.” That quote caused quite a stir, because, well, football has changed a lot in 20 years and the main concern about Gruden’s return to coaching is that he won’t be able to adapt to the modern game after 10 years in the broadcasting booth."