The Browns are desperate to fix the quarterback woes that have plagued the franchise since Bernie Kosar last took the field for them in 1993. They're so desperate, in fact, that they spent $100,000 on a study to find out who the most likely future star is from this year’s rookie quarterback crop. The verdict?
According to CBS Sports writer Jason La Canfora, the Browns’ study "[evaluated] decades of successful NFL quarterbacks and [took] all sorts of variables into consideration...and ultimately pointed to Bridgewater having the best success rate of this year's group of quarterbacks."
Who can blame the Browns for spending a little extra dough to help them find their next quarterback? Your team would too if they had the pleasure of watching Tim Couch, Trent Dilfer, Brady Quinn, Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy, and Brandon Weeden lead the team for the last 15 years. Read that list again and imagine those duds being all you had to look forward to each season.
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It remains to be seen if the Browns will take a QB with the 4th overall pick, of if they’ll nab someone else there and pick a QB at the 26th spot. Bridgewater could still be available at 26, though that’s definitely not a sure thing.
La Canfora also reports that the Browns are interested in working out a deal for Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins. The Browns are reportedly willing to give up a mid-round pick for Cousins, which says a lot given that new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan coached Cousins in Washington for the past two years.
As always, take everything you hear leading up to the draft with a grain of salt. It wouldn’t even surprise me if the Browns' study pegged David Carr or Blake Bortles as the best selection and they leaked Bridgewater’s name out to the media as a smokescreen. We’ll have all the answers we need to these questions in a few hours.