The Browns are the Browns.
And they're not going to act as if they were right to pass on Carson Wentz in the 2016 NFL draft.
Like, at this point, can you really claim there's no regret to that decision?
As just about everyone knows, Cleveland traded the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles, who snagged Wentz and, well, it's working out right now for them.
To make matters worse, the Browns also dealt the 2017 12th overall selection to the Texans, who picked quarterback Deshaun Watson. Before suffering a season-ending knee injury, Watson had become an MVP candidate along with Wentz.
Cleveland, on the other hand, is 1-23 since the start of 2016. This season, it has played three different quarterbacks that have combined for seven passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The team's recent QB history is … ugly.
So, as you might expect, passing on Wentz and Watson has come up a bit lately to Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown.
He touched on the topic Monday in a news conference.
Yeah, he'd probably like Wentz or Watson right about now.
Here's some of what Brown had to say, courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich:
I don’t think trading down was the problem. I think it’s just purely evaluating.
You take your hat off to both those young players who are off to hot starts to their careers. … There’s going to be opportunities that you miss on [in the draft] to add talent to your roster. I think good organizations do go back and look at those decisions and those evaluations. What did we miss? We’re perpetually doing that here internally. What is all the information we had? How did we gather it? Was it accurate? How did we analyze the information and put it all together to come to a decision?
I don’t shy away from missed opportunities at all. There’s a lot of non-quarterbacks out there frankly that are playing well right now, too, we’d love to have on our team. But we’re not going to get every one right, and we haven’t and we won’t moving forward. We will get enough of them right, and we will solve the quarterback position here.
They're still trying to fix that problem.
The Eagles seem to be doing OK at the position.
And they probably thank the Browns every morning for it.