Will the Cleveland Browns land either Mitch Trubisky or Jimmy Garoppolo?
There has been a lot of speculation that the Cleveland Browns may draft Mitchell Trubisky with one of their first round draft picks. There have also been rumors surfacing that they may trade for New England’s Jimmy Garoppolo. In my mind, both solutions are poor ones.
As the best available quarterback in the draft, many experts have Trubisky going to the Browns somewhere in the first round. I disagree that he is the best available quarterback in this draft. However, he obviously capitalized on the current market by entering this draft.
Due to the fact that next years draft is deeper with better quarterbacks, he would probably be a 3rd rounder in 2018. The player he makes me think of coming out of college is Mark Sanchez.
At UNC, Trubitsky had a very similar path to Sanchez at USC and didn’t play too many games. Sanchez was considered to be a top quarterback in (2009), drafted 5th overall by the New York Jets .
Sanchez, who some would argue lead the Jets to two AFC championships in a row, was actually the beneficiary of a great defense. This is a great situation for a rookie quarterback – but the Browns don’t have a good defense.
Trubisky is a player that will take at least 2-3 years to develop. When John Gruden asked him about a hard count he had no idea what he meant! Trubitsky also didn’t have to read defenses or call audibles when playing for North Carolina. In my opinion, playing only 13 games isn’t enough experience to come in and play well in the NFL.
Let’s take a look at the Idea of a Jimmy Garoppolo trade to the Browns, yet another bad idea. Jimmy G has started only a few more games than Trubisky has in the NFL: 5. This makes me think of another quarterback who benefited from a great New England system…
His name, of course, is Matt Cassel the QB everyone coveted after the 1 year starting for the Pats where he went for 3,693 yards with 21 touch downs and 11 picks. After that season, Kansas City made him their starter. He started for two of the four years he was there with only one good season of 3,116 yards, 27 touch downs, and 7 interceptions.
Since that year he has not started or played a full season. Garoppolo hasn’t even played consistently a whole season. In his most successful year, 2016, he only played 6 games and threw 502 yards for 4 touchdown. Breaking that down, less than 100 yards a game isn’t that impressive. I don’t get why people think this guy is worth a first round pick.
Looking at both of these options, the Browns would be better off doing what they do best: trading their 2017 first round pick to get an extra 2018 pick when there is a better, deeper QB draft class. Those players that could step in right away and be successful.