ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay didn’t think highly of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden heading into last year’s draft, but McShay hasn’t been dazzled by any quarterbacks in this year’s class, either.
“I had Andrew Luck as the first quarterback, just in my rankings, [Robert] Griffin III, then [Ryan] Tannehill at three,” McShay said of his 2012 grades during a conference call Friday. “Then I had Nick Foles, Russell Wilson, Brock Osweiler and Brandon Weeden. … I wouldn’t have taken Weeden until the third round.”
The Browns, of course, selected Weeden in the first round (22nd overall). He started 15 games, threw for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns with 17 interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 72.6, fourth-worst in the league.
The Indianapolis Colts picked Luck first overall, the Washington Redskins took Griffin at No. 2 and the Miami Dolphins chose Tannehill at No. 8. Osweiler (second round, No. 57 overall) went to the Denver Broncos, Wilson (third round, No. 75 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks and Foles (third round, 88th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now the Browns’ new regime of owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner, coach Rob Chudzinski and vice president of player personnel Mike Lombardi is on a mission this offseason to acquire another quarterback and create competition at the position. Aside from the draft, they could accomplish their goal through free agency or a trade. Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, Chase Daniel of the New Orleans Saints and Brian Hoyer of the Arizona Cardinals are among the quarterbacks who have been linked to the Browns and are expected to be available.
ESPN’s Todd McShay says he wouldn’t have drafted Brandon Weeden until 3rd round
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 16