The Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals are in no hurry to see the Browns solve their quarterback issues. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls with Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens have won a Super Bowl with Joe Flacco. Even if you don’t like Andy Dalton, the Bengals won the AFC North last year, and have been to the playoffs the past three seasons with Dalton as their starting quarterback.
Meanwhile, the Browns remain in a continuing search for a franchise quarterback. Seven different quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Browns since 2010 – Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Thad Lewis, Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, and Jake Delhomme.
One of the biggest questions entering the draft is whether the Browns, with the No. 4 pick, will finally get this quarterback thing right. Among the top quarterback prospects - Blake Bortels, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel – at least one should be available for the Browns.
Manziel would generate instant buzz. With Josh Gordon, Nate Burleson, Greg Little, and Jordan Cameron, Manziel would already hve weapons to throw to. However, will Manziel’s propensity for scrambling run him into injuries at the NFL level? Can he overcome his lack of size the way Drew Bress and Russell Wilson have?
Both Roethlisberger and Flacco had questions to answer entering the NFL, but the Steelers and Ravens have no regrets. Now it’s the Browns’ turn to make a huge quarterback decision. Until they get it right, it will be tough for them to escape the bottom of the AFC North.