3. Colt McCoy
Colt McCoy has been a serviceable backup in the NFL since being drafted out of Texas. Drafted in the third round by Cleveland, he was thrown into action early but was meant to only be a backup and a developmental player.
Many in the league had him rated lower in the 2010 draft class than his star status in college may have originally provided. This was in large part due to his weaker arm, as some scouts said he had a low release point and may not have an NFL type fastball throw.
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While his first few seasons in the league in Cleveland provided him with starts, McCoy has only started six games since 2014, all for the Washington Redskins. What this veteran lacks in skill he makes up for with his leadership. McCoy would be a good signing for Kitchens in the fact that he could help Mayfield from the sidelines and on the practice field.
While playing at rival schools, both come from offenses that love to throw. Mayfield’s skill from under center and his overall athleticism are far and away better than McCoy. But McCoy could still provide leadership and help mentor Baker as he continues to adjust to the NFL lifestyle.
The biggest positive to adding Colt McCoy is that he is similar in size and stature to Baker Mayfield. That may seem small, but if Mayfield were ever injured and unable to play, having someone similar in size helps make the playbook interchangeable.
There won’t be a need to adjust the playbook, and instead, Freddie Kitchens can just adjust calls to help with the difference in athleticism. McCoy may not be a flashy name, but his toughness and constant ability to bounce back from injuries make him a viable backup signing for the Browns this offseason.