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Browns haven't zeroed in on specific QB, keeping an 'open mind' throughout process

Posted Apr 19, 2018

Cleveland, owners of the 1st and 4th picks, can draft a QB of the future

Over the past month, the Browns have hosted several of the top quarterbacks in pursuit of finding a franchise signal-caller for years to come. 

While those visits helped offer Cleveland clarity, general manager John Dorsey said the team hasn’t yet zeroed in on a single signal-caller with the NFL Draft a week away.

“I think you have to have an open mind in this process. I think you have to listen to all of the information that’s filtered to you,” he said Thursday.

“You also have to watch them play the game, and who’s best to impact. That’s what I look at in games, who’s best to impact. How do they play the game of football? Then, are they good people? Do they love the game of football? Will their teammates like them? That is kind of how I look at things.”

The Browns, owners of the first and fourth overall picks, are expected to take a quarterback, though who or when remains unclear. Among those candidates are USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Cleveland has brought in all five passers on pre-draft visits.

At the league’s annual meeting last month, head coach Hue Jackson said he believes there’s a franchise quarterback in the group and that “fit” will determine who best suits Cleveland’s future plans at the position. For example, whichever passer the Browns draft will sit behind veteran Tyrod Taylor, whom they acquired via trade with Buffalo.

“I think we all have a pretty good understanding of who the guys are, what they bring to the table,” Jackson said. “They’re all very worthy candidates. They’re all kind of different. But then again, we have to see what’s the best fit for us.”

In the coming days, Dorsey will assemble the team’s front office to continue those final evaluations.

“You have to be able to assess the whole package, because we’re human beings and you have to be able to take the physical skillsets and also the emotional and mental skillsets that make the body move on the field,” he said.

“How does he react to adverse situations? So I think it’s a combination of how guys move on the field, but then do they have the physical skill  sets to do those things needed to be highly successful in the National Football League.”

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