A Tale of Two Quarterbacks
I find it rather fascinating that two young men in the identical situation have two completely mindsets – at least to what the media
and fans are privy to. Nonetheless, a pair of athletes chose to speak about their draft potential and where they want to play in the National Football League. Will this mean anything in the big picture? Possibly not, especially if the Cleveland Browns do not select either candidate in the upcoming draft. Let’s look into the differing attitudes.
First up: Deshaun Watson
On the heels of Myles Garrett stating he wants Jerry Jones to trade up and draft him to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys, a former Clemson quarterback all but reiterated these sentiments. Whether Garrett and Watson were joking or not, the slight of the franchise in northeast Ohio is obvious by those who support the orange and brown. (This is not even including the Senior Bowl snub by the quarterback, after Hue Jackson contacted the athlete to participate in Mobile,
Watson said at an awards ceremony that the Cowboys should trade both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott to the Browns so he could become the next signal caller in Dallas. Again, whether he was being honest or not, turning off a rabid fan base is not a wise move for a guy wanting to break into the league. Personally, I do not think Watson will translate to an excellent quarterback in the NFL – he does not possess a tremendous deep ball and his overall ability in the pocket could use improvement. Could that change with great coaching? Sure, but I still have my doubts.
Second Option: Patrick Mahomes II
Meanwhile, the former Texas Tech signal caller said he is doing everything he can to be the number one overall selection and would love to learn from head coach Hue Jackson. I understand it is not realistic that this will occur, but that does not mean the Browns will refrain from taking Mahomes at all (perhaps in the second round). I have my reservations about Mahomes as well, as spread quarterbacks in the NCAA historically do not translate to the next level. The signal caller will have to learn how to understand a complicated play book, read defenses, look off wide outs and hit the second or third options (to name a few things).
Perhaps I am being a bit harsh on the guy, but the jump from the collegiate level to the professional game is a significant one. I suppose I could be on board with drafting this guy – provided the Browns address the quarterback via another route (i.e. Jimmy Garappolo or another veteran). His attitude is definitely refreshing and I hope he makes it in the NFL, regardless of where he is selected.
Conclusion: In another slow period of the year, the quarterback position makes news in Cleveland, Ohio. Two options are making their feelings known about being chosen by the Browns – one said he would rather not go there, while the other embraced it. I would prefer Deshone Kizer or Mitch Trubisky at this point, but perhaps Patrick Mahomes could be an under the radar choice in April.