The Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, and a new report suggests they might take former North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported the Browns have interest in Trubisky, who grew up a Browns fan in Mentor, Ohio. Trubisky sat behind Marquise Williams his first two years in school, but Browns coach Hue Jackson said that didn’t matter to him.
“It’s a small sample size, but at the same time he still played,” Jackson said. “I don’t think that’s what’s important. If a guy demonstrates the characteristics you’re looking for, it’s important to keep digging and find out more, but I don’t get concerned about that part of it as long as a guy can do what we need him to do.”
Trubisky measured in at 6’2 1/8 at the combine, which is taller than most thought he would be. One NFL personnel executive said he would definitely take Trubisky at No. 1 given his size.
“He’s got size, he can move, he sees the field, has a big arm and more upside than Carson Wentz last year,” the executive told Cleveland.com “They’d be set.”
Most mock drafts and analysts still have the Browns taking defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1.
I’m almost positive that they’ll do the no-brainer thing at No. 1 and take Myles Garrett, the very talented pass rusher out of Texas A&M,” Silver said on NFL Network Wednesday. “It’s early in the Combine, but the more I talk to talent evaluators that I respect, the more that I realize this is even more of a slam dunk in those people’s minds than Jadeveon Clowney a few years back. They’re thinking this is a generational pass rusher that has so much talent off the edge.
“Not only is he the clearcut choice at No. 1, but there is no obvious No. 2 sitting there. It’s a draft where people think 2 and 25 could be about the same range of players. Very deep draft at the top but not crazy top-heavy. The top-heavy is Myles Garrett and whatever quarterback you may fall in love with.”
The fact that Trubisky grew up a Browns fan and wants to play for the Browns might make a difference in the draft process. The Browns also have the No. 12 pick in the draft, so they could target either a QB with that pick or take an edge rusher if the select a QB first overall.