The Browns seem likely to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick, so they’ll spend this week’s Senior Bowl activities trying to get a better handle on Carson Wentz of North Dakota St.
Jared Goff of Cal, Paxton Lynch of Memphis, and Wentz are generally considered the draft’s top three quarterback prospects. Neither Goff nor Lynch is at the Senior Bowl, giving Wentz a chance to create a buzz this week before executives, coaches, and scouts in Mobile., Ala.
While the Browns haven’t definitely said that they are parting with Johnny Manziel and his partying ways, signs indicate Manziel will be moving on. Manziel’s two years with the Browns have been marked by inconsistent play and off-the-field issues. The Ravens have yet to face Manziel as a starting quarterback, and who knows if they ever will? Escaping the AFC North basement will be difficult for the Browns until they get more consistent play at quarterback.
Some scouts believe the 6-foot-5, 231-pound Wentz is being overhyped, and that the Browns should lean toward either Goff or Lynch. But whatever the Browns do, they can’t afford to swing and miss again on their next franchise quarterback. What happens at the Senior Bowl this week will help the Browns determine if they should consider taking a gamble on Wentz, or not.
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