The Cleveland Browns have widely been linked to Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. However, CBS’s Jason La Canfora recently said that, while the coaches seem to be leaning that way, the front office is more and more interested in North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. He notes that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would really like a franchise QB.
Continue to hear Browns coaches all-in on Garrett but front office more Trubisky in later stages of process and owner badly wants a QB…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 21, 2017
If true, this is a curious development. After all, the Browns also have the No. 12 pick in the draft. They could certainly take Garrett with the first overall pick and then get a QB at 12. The Raiders got Derek Carr in the second round, so there’s clearly ways to find talent outside of the very first pick.
This is also a weak QB class. Some think that Trubisky is the top QB, but he has only started 13 games in his life, unless you count high school. His numbers are fine – 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns, six picks – but there are those who would argue that players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson should go higher. That’s not to knock Trubisky, but just to say he’s not a clear lock at No. 1.
If the Browns don’t take Garrett, he’ll be gone by the time they get around to No. 2. Trubisky may as well. If they really like both and their own camps are divided, that could be why. The 49ers, picking at No. 2, could also use both a QB and a pass rusher. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Browns, infamous for reaching for scores of failed QBs, decide to play it.