Will the Ravens face Marcus Mariota twice next season, and for years to come as the Browns’ starting quarterback? It could happen, if the Browns use the trade ammunition at their disposal during Thursday night’s draft.
According to ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon, the Browns have discussed trading their two first-round picks (No. 12 and No. 19) to the Titans, in exchange for the No. 2 pick held by Tennessee. With that No. 2 pick, the Browns would then draft Mariota, assuming the Buccaneers do the expected and take quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick.
The Browns took quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round last year, but Manziel had a disappointing season and checked into a treatment center after the season. Manziel has since joined the Browns in their offseason program. However, counting on Manziel to be the Browns’ franchise quarterback seems risky at best. Perhaps the Browns feel rolling the dice and getting Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, would finally solve their long-standing quarterback issues.
Mariota could be coveted by many teams in this draft, like the Jets, who also have quarterback issues, and the Eagles, who are coached by Mariota’s former college coach Chip Kelly. The Browns need better quarterback play to compete with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals in the AFC North. But is getting Mariota worth giving up two first-round picks? Apparently, the Browns are considering it.
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