Cleveland Browns Quarterback option No. 1: Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
A guy that really broke out in 2021 was the Wake Forest quarterback, Sam Hartman. Not only did he gain some Heisman candidate talk at the end of the season, but he also led the Demon Deacons to a 10-3 record and a trip to the ACC title game where they lost to Pittsburgh.
Some are trying to force Hartman into rounds two or three of the 2022 NFL draft, but I’m not willing to do that just yet unless he absolutely shines in the team’s bowl game vs. Texas A&M.
Hartman is another extremely gifted athlete and is always a threat to take off with the football, but he also has a more than adequate arm. One of his biggest flaws is trusting his arm a little too much and forcing some throws into tight coverage that turn into interceptions.
Hartman has tremendous footwork and has shown he can be accurate in the short and mid-range passing game. He will have to prove at the next level he can stand in the pocket and deliver the deep ball to an open wide receiver.
Again, Hartman isn’t a candidate to be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2022, but he could be someone who has potential moving forward.
I hope Mayfield has a career year in 2022 and the Browns sign him to a massive five-year extension. Berry should also be prepared to see a similar style of football as 2021 and may need to have a backup plan for 2023 and forward.