Cleveland Browns Quarterback No. 2 to watch: Carson Strong, Nevada
Talk about a great quarterback name, Carson Strong is it. Out of Nevada, Strong stands at 6-4 and can throw the ball accurately and far, and has a “strong” arm. The practices have started down in Alabama, where the Senior Bowl will be played Saturday night.
Some accounts of the first practices suggest Strong has certainly stood out because of that powerful arm. According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports, he reported that Strong was out throwing the rest of the prospects on day 1 of Senior Bowl practices.
In that same article, it was reported the biggest concern for the Nevada quarterback is his recovery from a knee injury and surgery he had over a year ago. From the article, Strong has said the knee isn’t fully healthy, as the knee was still swelling up this past season. Obviously, that’s a concern for any team considering drafting him but his talents and that accurate and strong arm seem to be outweighing the negatives at this point still months away from the draft in April.
Despite the knee issues, the quarterback still had a good season, throwing for 4,186 yards and 36 touchdowns. His accuracy was outstanding as well as he threw over with 70 percent accuracy.
Where Strong is drafted has varied too on the draft boards. He’s been projected anywhere from the first to the third round. Teams like the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Denver Broncos have all been linked to drafting Strong.
The strengths of Strong of being a pocket passer, a good and quick decision-maker would seem to all appeal to the Browns front office and coaches. If Cleveland were looking at a viable alternative to Baker Mayfield in the future, then Strong might be their guy.