Cleveland Browns Quarterback No. 4 to watch: Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky
Bailey Zappe has one of the better names for a quarterback. That won’t get him drafted higher but his numbers on the field certainly could after his great season.
He finished throwing for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns as he played over at Western Kentucky. Both of those were college records that had previously been held by Super Bowl quarterback Joe Burrow when he played at LSU.
Zappe had previously played at Houston Baptist, so his experience of playing against top-tiered talent in his college days doesn’t exactly say he’ll be an instant star in the NFL. However, he is projected by most mock drafts to be draftable in the later stages, anywhere from the fourth to sixth rounds.
His strengths as a quarterback are his smarts and being able to move around if need be, out of the pocket, and still have the ability to throw accurately. He’s not a real tall player at 6-foot-1 but his instincts for the position will keep him on many NFL team’s draft boards.
The Browns have eight draft picks at this point and could be busy on draft day, either trading away draft picks to move up or gathering more picks to move down. Either way, Zappe might be worth the Browns scouting this week and bring to Cleveland in the future.
If Mayfield stays next season as the Browns starter, then a young player like Zappe could learn much with a year or two of watching from the sidelines.