The Browns have the second pick in this years draft, but will they spend it on a quarterback?
Closely watching and analyzing players around the country and from what’s out there this year, there is no quarterback worth taking in the first round, especially not at second overall. There just doesn’t seem to be a Day 1 starter in this group. This years draft is more of a defensive draft class, although, the top two quarterbacks on most board are Cal’s Jared Goff and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch with second round grades. Of course, this may not hold true. Quarterbacks are a hot commodity so they both very likely will be both pushed into the first round.
Jared Goff was a three year starter at Cal and has gotten better with each year. When I watch Goff like most, I see a Matt Ryan comparison. Goff is accurate, willing to stand in the pocket and has a quick release. Yet, we can’t take the quick release with so much weight because he plays in a west coast spread offense which demands quick short passes. Goff however, has some weaknesses, as all quarterbacks do. He is not very accurate on the run and he also faces issues against the blitz. Since he does compare to Matt Ryan, Goff needs to be surrounded by a great passing attack, however if Josh Gordon comes back he may have that in Cleveland.
On the other hand, Paxton Lynch may be the better choice. In fact, he is the most promising out of these quarterbacks, when you take a deeper look. Lynch has a great NFL quarterback frame at 6’6in and 230lbs. Although, he needs to put on more weight, like a Ben Roethlisberger, he is an athletic quarterback. Lynch has great pocket awareness and mobility. The best NFL Comparison right now would be Blake Bortles, however, he could one day be at an Ben Roethlisberger level. Lynch does come with more concerns than Goff mainly because he played in the AAC against “inferior” talent.
Lynch and Goff would be to solid picks for the Browns, although once again neither of them are Day 1 starters.
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