*This is part three of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.
Name: Tyrod Taylor
Weight: 215 pounds
School: Virginia Tech
Draft Spot or Projection: 6th Round 180th overall (2011)
Strenghths: Taylor is accurate…shows good anticipation…excellent movement in the pocket…keeps his eyes upfield while navigating the blitz…above average arm strength…solid velocity…a great competitor who feeds off of others doubting his abilities…believes in his abilities 110%…leader…hard worker…gym rat…extremely smart…athletic…
Weaknesses: Lacks NFL size…gets a lot of balls batted down at the line, but did improve on that during his second season as a starter…can telegraph throws at times…may believe too much in his abilities at times and will force throws…
Summary: If the Bills decide to cut Taylor because they owe him at least $27.5 million, teams will likely be all over the former Bills and Ravens quarterback. While he isn’t a top 10 guy, he is good enough to lead a team into the playoffs, but will only get as far as the talent around him will allow him.
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A video came out this weekend of possible number one overall pick and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett pleading with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to trade up for him. In it, Garrett tells Jones that he should trade Tony Romo and picks to the Browns so that they can take him number one overall and he can be a Cowboy. Browns fans are losing their minds about this and it is so unnecessary. Yes, Garrett would prefer to be a Cowboy and yes, he did say he didn’t want to play for a cold weather city, but in another video, posted on twitter by Fox 26 (Houston) sports director Mark Berman Garrett talks about wanting to be a Brown. There are two sides to all stories and unless he pulls an Elway or an Eli he should be the number one pick. He is a talented monster.
Many people have talked about how deep this edge rush class is in the 2017 NFL Draft, with as many as seven guys going in round one. That talk has brought about the argument that the Browns should take a quarterback (which is not as deep a unit) at number one. No. NO, they should not. This quarterback class is filled with questions all around. At number one, the Browns need a sure thing and Garrett, who is clearly the best edge rusher available, is the closest to a sure thing you can find.
While the quarterback class is weak, I am still among the few that think North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky can be a very good NFL QB. The kid has everything you want in a franchise signal caller.
Speaking of Trubisky, the fact that he was not a starter until 2016, as a redshirt junior, has been brought up ad nauseam. Carson Wentz sat for years behind a guy who wasn’t an NFL prospect (Brock Jensen), let alone future starter, and how did he look last season? Pretty damn good. College coaches are paid to win games not develop NFL type signal callers. Marquise Williams, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings, was a good college quarterback and an athletic freak who helped his college team win ball games. Jensen won National Championships while keeping Wentz on the bench.Just because Williams started over Trubisky does not mean Trubisky won’t be an excellent NFL quarterback. It’s just a weak take.
More on this, last night Ken Carman of CBS Radio tweeted out a take from North Carolina quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf…
The reasons most likely are that Williams was a very good college quarterback. Some guys are great college quarterbacks, but not suited for the NFL game.
Last thought on Trubisky…Biggest worries with him are his true height (hope he is at least 6’2″) and his velocity (hopefully clocked over 56 mph). Outside of either of those coming up short, he will most likely remain my number one QB in this draft.
My current top five in this draft at QB…Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson, Kizer, Kaaya.
Mahomes is rising because of what he can be. He’s a mix of Favre, Cutler, and Manziel…As long as the good outshines the bad, the future can be very, very, bright.
After releasing Josh McCown and Tramon Williams, the Browns have more than $100 million in cap space. Even with that, don’t expect them to go crazy in free agency. They will add some pieces, but they won’t go overboard.
The reason they have so much cap space is because they don’t have the piece that takes up most of a teams cap, a franchise QB.
That’s all for today. Want to finish off before I say anything about a certain growing legend that rides the bench for the Patriots…
Cleveland— In a move that is indicative of the product on the field at First Energy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns announced that they will be cutting season ticket prices in certain areas for the 2017 season.
Most sections will remain the same price, but about 40% of their season tickets will be cheaper than the previous season, including 90% of the upper deck seating areas.Tickets will range from $25-$65 per game in those areas. This is the eighth time in nine years that the team has not raised their prices and given the product on the field, the fact that they will be among the bottom two franchises as far as pricing seems very fitting.
Of course lost in the announcement that the pricing in some areas will be cheaper this season is the fact that the team will have one less home game in 2017 since they will be hosting a game in London.
The Cleveland Browns search for a quarterback coach came to an end on Wednesday when the team hired former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee to the same position.
Lee will step in to the spot that was briefly held by tight ends coach Greg Seamon, who coached quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl , after Pep Hamilton left the team to head back to college as an offensive assistant for the Michigan Wolverines.
Before working in Buffalo, Lee also worked with Rex Ryan in New York as the Jets QB coach for two seasons. He has worked in both the NFL and the college ranks in various offensive positions during a career that has spanned nearly four decades.
The addition of Lee from Buffalo will only fuel the fire of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor coming to the shored of Lake Erie, if the team decides to release him before guaranteeing $30 million on his contract.
According to Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns have released veteran quarterback Josh McCown.
McCown, 37, joined the Browns in 2015. He threw for 3209 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Originally brought in by former general manager Ray Farmer to be a mentor to Johnny Manziel, McCown became a fan favorite and showed unbelievable toughness on the field. There were reports that the team and head coach Hue Jackson offered McCown a chance to stay on as a coach, but the veteran still wants to continue his career as a player.
McCown signed a three-year deal to join the Browns and was due over $3.5 million in 2017, as well as a $750,000 roster bonus.
On Monday the Cleveland Browns announced that they have claimed Tyvis Powell off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
Powell, a 6’3″ 211 pound defensive back, went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft following an outstanding career as an Ohio State Buckeye.
Powell had 11 tackles and one interception for the Seahawks in the preseason, but was mainly a special teamer during the regular season and then was cut during the playoffs. Powell, who grew up in Bedford, Ohio is known as a diehard Browns fan by those who have covered him, will now have a chance to fulfill his dream of playing for his childhood team. He will also bring much needed depth to one of the weakest spots on the Browns current roster.
*This is the first part of a 10 part series where we will take a look at the Cleveland Browns options for the elusive quarterback of the future.
Name: Jimmy Garoppolo
Height: 6’2 1/4″
Weight: 225 pounds
School: Eastern Illinois
NFL Team: New England Patriots
Draft Spot or Projection: 2nd round, 62nd overall (2014)
Strengths: Good, but not great size…Excellent usage of his eyes, scans the entire field…lightning fast release…accurate…smooth, natural delivery…good feet, helps evade pocket pressure, average pocket presence, resets himself after getting “happy feet” on occasions…very good ball placement…stays calm, leader on the field, does not show many ups and downs…executes his offense well…elite production at FCS school with 13,156 yards and 118 touchdowns…2013 Walter Payton Award winner…
Weaknesses: Velocity is not elite, but good enough…needs to continue to improve his decision making…deep ball accuracy issues…has tendency to go side arm at times…will take time to develop…holds the ball to long and needs to develop a better internal clock…gets happy feet when faced with pressure and does not show great form when forced to improvise…
Summary: When I wrote the original scouting report on Garoppolo in 2014, I saw him as a late second to early third round quarterback who would be an NFL starter if given the time to develop. After sitting behind Brady and working with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels over the past three seasons, he has been given the proper time to develop and has been taught by some of the best ever. If Garoppolo was in the 2017 draft with his current skill set, shown in minimal NFL playing time, I truly believe he would he would be a first round pick.
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