About that second round draft pick
While fans are still understandably divided over whether the Browns should select Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon or LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, most have come to the conclusion that the fourth selection in the first round is too high to select quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill or Brandon Weeden.
But many are starting to buy into the scenario where the Browns select Weeden with the team’s first selection in the second round (No. 37). Draft “expert” Mel Kiper has decided that adding Weeden in the second round would help the Browns earn an “A” grade from him for the draft. (h/t WFNY)
The thing is … selecting Weeden (or any quarterback) in the second round might be a huge mistake.
The last time a team drafted a franchise quarterback in the second round was 2001, when the Chargers selected Drew Brees.
Since then, the following quarterbacks have been drafted in the second round: Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Jimmy Clausen, Pat White, Brian Brohm, Chad Henne, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Drew Stanton, Kellen Clemens and Tavaris Jackson.
Still feeling good about Weedon?
But wait! It gets better! If you go back to Brett Favre, who was taken in the second round by the Falcons in 1991, you can add these quarterbacks to the list: Quincy Carter, Marques Tuiasosopo, Shaun King, Charlie Batch, Jake Plummer, Tony Banks, Todd Collins, Kordell Stewart, Matt Blundin and Tony Sacca.
Are you ready to take on the Steelers and the Ravens twice a year with any of those guys?
More importantly, are you ready to gamble that a team from Cleveland can beat those historical odds and find a quarterback in the second round?