Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is widely expected to be the Cleveland Browns' first overall pick Thursday night in the 2017 NFL Draft, but reports have been swirling that Cleveland is also considering North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1. The Browns are still desperate for an answer at quarterback after starting three different players at the position last season.
On Monday's episode of "The Herd", Colin Cowherd explained why it might be advantageous for the Browns to gamble on a quarterback, even if Garrett turns out to be a solid player.
It's advantageous financially to select a quarterback
“Even if he’s not [the right pick], if you can’t trade out of the first round, there is an argument to be made that if you’re going to miss on a player, miss on a quarterback.
"Now it used to be Sam Bradford was the last big contract for a No. 1 quarterback pick. It used to be that you really had to be careful, because whoever you gave the money to, if they weren’t great it was a financial death spot.
"But with the CBA now, and they don’t have a quarterback. It’s an Ohio kid, and if he tests better than the rest of them, and they have Hue Jackson, an offensive quarterback coach… you could make [an argument]."
Hue Jackson will likely lose his job if he doesn't figure out the QB situation quickly
"I don’t think any of these guys are a No. 1 pick, but the way thefinances are in the NFL now - Jared Goff, if you’re the Rams and you had Case Keenum. If you’re going to whiff on a position, at least whiff on a quarterback. And did you see what the Rams did this offseason? They went and got Robert Woods, a new left tackle and a center, a new coordinator. They’re going to add more receivers in the draft.
"So the Rams are saying ‘even if Goff doesn’t work, this is the position [that] if you’re going to fail at one with a new CBA, you don’t get crushed financially.’ At least you’ve got to give it a run or you all get fired."
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Myles Garrett won't be enough to turn around the Browns
"Let’s say they get Myles Garrett and he’s terrific. Hue Jackson’s fired in a year and a half because he still doesn’t have a quarterback. Just for self-preservation, I’d rather whiff on a quarterback than I’d whiff on a tight end or a defensive tackle that’s not worth a point in Vegas.
"Even when RG3 failed, [the Redskins] still went to the playoffs two of four years. You can give up all these picks, if the quarterback does hit, it saves everybody’s job."