One unnamed NFL head coach has described the process of deciding which quarterback to draft this year as “torturous,” according to Peter King’s MMQB blog. But you could just as well use “tortuous,” meaning full of twists and turns, to describe the draft.
With a couple of weeks left until draft weekend, there are no sure things from teams at the top of the order. In fact, that lack of certainty extends beyond just whether the Houston Texans at No. 1 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 will take Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. As MMQB offers, those teams could just as well not take a quarterback at all — as neither would the St. Louis Rams, still committed to Sam Bradford, at No. 2 — giving the Cleveland Browns their pick of the litter at No. 4.
King writes of Houston: “I still think the Texans would go with a more sure thing with the first overall pick than a quarterback.” And that could be edge pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack or offensive tackle Greg Robinson.
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The Jaguars are “the most logical spot for the loser of the No. 1 pick derby between Clowney and Mack. GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley want a pass rusher, badly.”
So then the Browns would have their QB pick. And whoever they choose, it will be a sleepless night for general manager Ray Farmer afterward, King writes.
“As a GM, if you take a quarterback in the first round, any of them, you’re going to go home and not sleep well that night. If you pass on a quarterback with some spellbinding tools — Manziel, for instance — you’re going to go home and not sleep well that night, fearing what you’ve passed up.”