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Browns giving strong consideration to bypassing QBs at No. 2

Hue Jackson, Jimmy Haslam

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, right, laughs as he answers questions during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. Jackson has experience as a head coach, knows the AFC North and has fixed quarterbacks. Jackson, who waited four years for his second crack at leading an NFL team, has been hired as Cleveland’s next coach, the struggling franchise’s eighth since 1999 and sixth since 2008. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is on the left. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


No team has had a harder time finding a quarterback for the last few decades than the Browns, but they may be willing to pass on a chance to take one of the top two available in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Via Peter King of, the Browns are giving serious consideration to not taking a quarterback in the first round, for a few reasons.

First, there’s a school of thought that Hue Jackson can fix Robert Griffin III, and drafting one before he has a chance to work at it might make it a waste of time (like so many other Browns quarterback attempts).

But Jackson might also think he can find his eventual starter at the top of the second round, with a player such as Connor Cook or another of the second-tier quarterbacks who should be available at 32.

It’s not a unique idea, as even some Browns players have endorsed it lately. But dropping a quarterback into the second spot has been the easiest button to push by the mock draft-indutrial complex for months, primarily because it makes so much sense.