Browns eye QB Geno Smith in first-round of 2013 NFL draft
With the Cleveland Browns having drafted quarterback Brandon Weeden last year only to be served with disappointment, new franchise general manager Mike Lombardi hasn’t made an effort to hide that he wasn’t a big fan of Weeden being selected in the first-round. But there has been other contradictory news circulating the league that many have resigned to the fact that Brandon Weeden will be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback heading into Week 1 of the 2013 season.
Hence, NFL.com’s Albert Breer recently put the Cleveland Browns as a “wild card” to draft the West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
In this week’s mock draft edition from the Sports Illustrated, Peter King speculated that the Cleveland Browns could trade down with the San Diego Chargers from the No.6 spot to No.11 in the 2013 NFL draft. The San Diego Chargers need help at left tackle and a draft trade could put them ahead of the Arizona Cardinals at No.7 spot to select one of the top three options at the position in the 2013 NFL draft.
“Don’t let the smokescreen acquisition of Jason Campbell, a backup, fool you,” Peter King commented in the piece, “Browns want a QB in this draft, and they get one.”
But trading down could mean the risk of losing Geno Smith (regarded as the No.1 quarterback in the 2013 draft class) to team such as the New York Jets, who will eventually come into possession of the top two picks in the first-round of Thursday’s draft. The Cleveland Browns could opt to address defensive needs in the first-round and consider the quarterback situation with the pick acquired in the trade.
Former Cleveland Browns general manager, who seems to have an even better network of sources across the league believes the Cleveland Browns will remain at the No.6 spot and choose between Geno Smith or Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
However, if the Cleveland Browns are determined to upgrade at quarterback, expect them to actively shop Brandon Weeden on the draft weekend.
The former Oklahoma State product Brandon Weeden had 17 interceptions and 14 touchdowns, while finishing his rookie season with a 72.6 passer rating and .574 completion percentage.