Let’s start by getting the obvious out of the way.
It’s no secret the Cleveland Browns are in need of help at the quarterback position.
Up until signing Tyler Thigpen and Vince Young today, the organization had a recovering Brian Hoyer, who won half of the teams games last season. And a guy named Alex Tanney, who’s known more for his football trick shots on YouTube then anything else.
With picks in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft at No. 4 and No. 26, and names like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype of landing a potential star for a city aching for the team’s turnaround. But the Browns need to stay clear of the hype and look elsewhere to fill their needs, as boring and upsetting as that may be to their fans.
Unfortunately for Cleveland and their fans, there is no Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck in this year’s draft. There’s only hype. Multiple analysts claim, “You can’t go wrong with Manziel, Johnny Football is a winner.”
So was Tim Tebow, and how’s his NFL career going again?
Heck, the Browns drafted the winningest quarterback in college football history in Colt McCoy. How’d that work out?
You can’t take what isn’t there and the Browns organization should know that better than anybody. The last thing this city wants or needs is another Brandon Weeden or Brady Quinn.
You can’t argue that a player like Manziel would be great for publicity, and lord knows NFL organizations thrive on players like him. But it’s time the Browns, fans included, stay true to their blue-collar reputation and look for that hard-working player that’s going to produce wins.
It might be wise to try and solidify a line that has seen 10 starting quarterbacks over the last four seasons, nine of which missed games due to injury with the No. 4 pick. A player like Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews to help a Mitchell Schwartz and compliment Alex Mack and Joe Thomas. That way, you can protect your later round QB investment to lead your offense for years to come.