By Daryl Ruiter | 92.3 The Fan

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A 2018 second-round draft pick.

That’s it.

Former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan only had to part ways with a second-rounder to get his quarterback in San Francisco to build around. Meanwhile the Browns are just happy that Hue Jackson didn’t have to bench rookie DeShone Kizer for the umpteenth time this season Sunday in London during a 17-point loss to the Vikings.

So what gives?

The Browns had 3, that’s right 3 second-round picks in 2018 – theirs, which as of today is No. 34, Houston’s and Philadelphia’s to play with.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding Monday night’s trade between New England and San Francisco, the bottom line is this: the Browns missed out, again.

Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson had a chance to deal for Garoppolo in March but the reported asking price of at least a first-round pick was not worth the risk in their estimation because they just weren’t sold on him. They also weren’t sold on Carson Wentz in 2016 and Deshaun Watson in 2017, hence the decision to dangle those picks and then trade down with the Eagles and Texans.

But what do the Browns want at quarterback if Wentz, Watson and Garoppolo weren’t good enough to pass their eye test?

Better yet, what does their eye test even look like?

In the last 2 years the Browns have acquired quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer while passing on opportunities to acquire Wentz, Watson and Garoppolo.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Griffin is out of football, Kessler is undersized and has struggled mightily, Hogan isn’t the answer and despite assertions that Kizer can be “the guy” he has yet to show a single moment of sheer brilliance observed of Wentz, Garoppolo or Watson in their limited playing time.

Throw in the Browns’ decision not to hang on to veteran Josh McCown, who has won 3 games and is playing at a high level for the New York Jets, to mentor Kizer and there is nothing left to do but just shake your head in dismay.

Sure, hindsight is always 20-20, and questioning past decisions do nothing to move the team or even conversation forward, however there are legitimate concerns about the Browns’ evaluation process at the position that so far has produced more questions (that the organization is also completely unwilling to answer) than answers.

The first of which is, what on earth are the Browns looking for?

Comments (2)
  1. Ryan Wells says:

    They obviously are in over their heads.. This front office is a joke. Sashi Brown isn’t a football guy, he’s a Harvard Grad who over thinks each situation. He doesn’t make sensible decisions. We don’t need a rocket scientist to make decisions. I’m really depressed being a Browns fan, when we passed on Carson Wentz I couldn’t believe it. All the talent evaluators were saying how Carson Wentz was the perfect fit for a cold weathered team like Cleveland, and they trade the pick away.. No wonder other front offices around the league laugh at the Harvard Guys in Cleveland.. The Browns should Hire Josh McDaniels and Get a young Draft Guru. Look at what the Rams did with their young coach Mcvay, he’s a good young coach.. The Browns need to get a new Front office, or take away the GM privileges of Sashi Brown, he just put us back a few years with his last two drafts passing on (not 1 but 2) Franchise Quarterbacks..

    1. You, like Daryl and thousands of other Browns fans, are wrong, Sir. You are either willfully ignorant or have no situational awareness. You. Have. No. Team. You had NOTHING going into 2016 even before all the cuts. Tell me smart guys, who is Carson Wentz throwing to in Cleveland? 4 of your 5 receivers that you got in that draft are TIED to that trade. The Offense is a problem to be sure, but you had closer achievable goals than that in the first year than “Fixing” the QB situation.

      Your Run Defense, which was your biggest problem 3 years ago, is fixed. It’s the number 6 run defense in the NFL. And with a bit more new blood in the DBs, your Pass D will only get better as well. there’s only 3 more positions you’d need to worry about on that side of the ball, and with better offensive play, a more rested defense won’t be tired any longer in the middle of the 4th.

      On the other side of the ball, you don’t need to worry about the line or TEs much. Those are set for now, with the TEs needing experience. Corey Coleman should be a #1 WR. Unfortunately he’s been hit by bad Juju and broken his hand in freak accidents twice now. Just a reminder, he was at the top of several WR draft boards and had no prior injury history, just needed to work on catching the ball away from his body. The other guys you took fliers hoping one of them would become a good 3 or 4 option, with a veteran taking the 2. As another reminder, every receiver except Higgins is tied to the Wentz Trade.

      Oh and SPEAKING of Quarterbacks. This exact time last year, we were in the same position, and many were calling for a QB. The pick? One DeShone Kizer. Whom you got in the 2nd round with the 52nd pick. He was the first guy the scouting department looked at. If he was there, the Browns were going to take his upside and potential. It must be built upon and developed. OH! And he’s connected to the Wentz Trade too, as are your first two 1st Rounds picks and one of NEXT YEARS 1st rounders and a 2nd rounder. You also wouldn’t have your (Current) starting Tackles either.

      So let me bring you back to the beginning of this long spiel. Look at the teams being mentioned here. Patriots. Eagles. Texans. Two of those teams have been playoff teams, one for the last decade, and one for the past few years. The other was a .500 team that needed a great QB. All have experienced starters for the passing game with at least one being a decent vertical threat. As noted above, the Browns have and had NONE of this. One of these guys wasn’t just going to step in here and be a magic man. Even Tom Brady would have trouble moving this offense.

      It hurts to give this time, but you must. You must let them develop into a team together. Stop looking at the 3 guys in the Quarterback room, and pay attention to the other 50 guys and what they contribute to the team as a whole. Or you can try to give me your viable winning Browns team with any one of these QBs.

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