The Cleveland Browns are one of many teams this offseason that will be putting their name into the hat of “we need a quarterback STAT” and the players on the team are ready for it.
That includes QB Brian Hoyer, who is recovering from injury and potentially entering next season as the team’s starting quarterback.
“It’s inevitable — they will draft a quarterback. … The question is where at?” Hoyer lamented (via Tony Grossi of ESPN).
The Browns have two first round picks, and most fully expect them to use the first one on a signal caller, be it Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, or Teddy Bridgewater.
Right now, the hot name for the Browns is Johnny Manziel, but I think any of these kids would have to unseat a healthy Hoyer at training camp in order to be a day one starter. Hoyer was actually playing pretty well for Cleveland before going down on Thursday Night Football with an injury, a game where both teams’ starting quarterbacks got hurt.
Cleveland is a much more talented team than their record and draft slot indicates, and I think they’ll be in the mix for the second spot in the AFC North next season if they can get consistently solid play out of the QB position.
New head coach Mike Pettine is a defensive guy who has seen his share of bad QB play over the last few years. The problem for Cleveland is, they need a quick turnaround, because the owner is obviously not a very patient man.
The Browns WILL draft a quarterback, but when and whom remains to be seen. Brian Hoyer is as interested as anyone.