NOTE: Friday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the 1st round of the draft.
While GM Ray Farmer didn’t quote Blazing Saddles, he expressed the same thing. He seems to feel that everyone expects him to take a wide receiver with every pick. But the Browns don’t need a WR at all. The main reason is that they don’t have a QB that can throw the ball more than 15 yards down field.
Josh McCown is old and fragile as candy glass. He had 1 good partial season in Chicago. But he had 2 big fast receivers. He was brought to Tampa by the former Bears coach and named the starter day 1. He rewarded his coach by leading the team to a record of 1-10 and the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
For some reason McCown’s 2014 resume was enough to get him hired by the Browns. He has a couple of used WR candidates. With his history that is not a formula for success.
Johnny Manziel doesn’t have the physical ability to play in the NFL. But before he even tries to think about that he needs to get his life in order. Anyone that is waiting for him to become a quality NFL starter will be badly disappointed.
Connor Shaw has the heart of lion, the head of a coach and the arm of a chicken. In an emergency assignment against the Ravens in game 16 last year he played better than Manziel but does not have an NFL arm.
Thad Lewis has more physical skill than any of the other QB candidates on the roster. But he is green as baby peas. He may never develop into a starter but with work can become a decent backup.
So without a QB, why would Farmer draft a WR? Clearly he has no intention of taking a WR. But he might want to take a REAL QB. Take a chance on Brett Hundley! He has the arm and mental ability to do the job. In the 4th round he is a STEAL!!!
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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“Browns don't need no stinkin' receiver!” by Bill Smith