More and more, what has been on my mind with the 2014 draft is the worst case scenario for the Cleveland Browns.
What is that exactly?
The worst case in the front office’s mind would be if they don’t get a “franchise” quarterback with the fourth pick in the first round. It has been more or less stated by the front office that everything they have done has been in preparation for the team to get a quarterback this year, and to go out and get one early. It is kind of crazy to think that for as terrible as this team has been over the last fifteen years that they have only once before taken a quarterback in the top half of the first round. I am willing to bet right now, if the Browns do not trade up they will not get a one of the top three quarterbacks this year.
The reason is simple; quarterbacks are more valuable than the next five positions combined. If there were no money issues, the Browns could offer all six of their Pro Bowlers for Andrew Luck and be turned down.
The talk is that Clowney is a transcendental talent, and while it might be true, I think there are major examples of how this is rather meaningless, when it comes to his value versus a potential franchise quarterback.
Take a second and think back to the 90’s Bills. Who is the first player you think of? For most NFL fans, it is former Miami Hurricanes/Houston Gamblers star Jim Kelly and not Bruce Smith. Julius Peppers has made one Super Bowl, but for half of his career he has missed the playoffs. Reggie White never made it to the Super Bowl until Brett Favre entered the equation. Continue reading