Cleveland Browns: Ranking all 29 Starting Quarterbacks before Baker Mayfield
25. Connor Shaw
An undrafted rookie out of South Carolina, Shaw made the team as the third-string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. After Hoyer and Manziel both went down with injuries, Shaw was thrust into action in week 17 of the 2014 season against the Baltimore Ravens. Not known for his arm strength, he struggled to push the ball down the field and finished the game with no touchdowns and one interception while completing only half his passes.
Unfortunately for Shaw, he was injured against the Browns, his former team in the preseason finale of the 2015 season for the Chicago Bears that ended his career.
24. Luke McCown
Drafted by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL draft, Luke McCown started four games during his rookie year before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after only one season with the team. During his four starts dawning the orange helmet, McCown completed only 49 percent of his passes, throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions on his way to a 0-4 record as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
McCown went on to have a long career, primarily as a backup quarterback with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and New Orleans before retiring after the 2015 season.
23. Johnny Manziel
Oh boy, here we go. If it weren’t for his off the field antics, Johnny Football would find himself a bit higher on the list. However, he was such a headache, from being unable to hear you because of all of his money to showing up to practices hungover, it is safe to say that the Manziel experience was a complete and utter disaster.
The former first-round pick in 2014 only found himself employed by the Cleveland Browns, and by the NFL for that matter, for only two seasons. Manziel was cut by Cleveland following the 2015 season after another bizarre event that led to Manziel going to Vegas, wearing a wig, in order to attempt to party while the team was still in season. He started eight games for the team, going 2-6, throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Johnny Football is now playing in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes in hopes for an opportunity to play in the National Football League once again.
22. Austin Davis
Austin Davis was signed during the 2015 season and after an injury to Josh McCown in week 12, Davis was thrust into action. He finished that game 7-of-10 for 77 yards and a touchdown and put the team in position for a game-winning field goal that was inevitably blocked and returned for a touchdown. He was then named that starter for the following two games. He finished his tenure with the Browns 0-2 as the starter, completing 59 percent of his passes, with one touchdown and three interceptions.
The 29-year-old is currently unemployed after bouncing around from Denver and Seattle over the past few years.