Well as the season winds down we make our annual push to the draft. This is no longer our daddy's AFC Central. 3 yards and a cloud of dust isn't going to cut it anymore. Looking ahead I see too many people with respected opinions like Rufio, and Rod of Disaster, who is even a UT alum, who do not think Colt is the QBOTF.
That's a bummer because it would have been nice to have had that settled. At least we don't have a QB controversy. At least not yet. While not unanimous, its becoming pretty clear that DBNers think we should draft a QB in the 2012 draft and we should get one high.
The Browns have drafted two first round QBs since 1999. Most believe that Tim Couch was put into an impossible position with the offensive line we had but could have been really good. Brady Quinn was picked in the bottom third of the first round, meaning a lot of teams passed on him, but even worse is that he held out of training camp and then was completely mismanaged. It never worked out.
But in either case I think we have a much better team now than what we gave to Couch and probably to Quinn. Sure we don't have the world's best wide receivers but Little has shown dramatic improvement in the last few games and Norwood is looking like a pretty darn good slot receiver. Add a speedy burner (Heckert drafted Desean Jackson once already) to stretch the field and we have a pretty good looking set of receivers. We have a very decent offensive line, featuring the best lineman in the business. Securing a healthy right tackle and the return of Eric Steinbach just makes it that much better. The defense has really improved over the last two drafts and has a nice mix of veterans and youngsters all playing well while learning the new system.
So that means we need to strike now to add a QB. Andrew Luck is within reach. He's a perfect fit for the WCO and he's excelled this year even with pretty lousy receivers. The guy just isn't going to make excuses. We have more bullets in the chamber than any other team to move into the #1 slot and get the best QB prospect since Manning or Elway. I'm not going to go into why Andrew Luck would be great for Cleveland. If you can't figure that out, there's a team a little to the east you can go root for.
So here's the question: How much are you willing to give up to make that move?
Personally I would go as far as both firsts this year and next, but would try to just make it this year's ones and maybe a third and fourth (we have an extra fourth). In essence that would be like trading Julio Jones for Andrew Luck, Taylor, Sheard, Little and I think Marecic. That would be the greatest trade since Herschel Walker.