Heading into Thursday night’s festivities, the Cleveland Browns reportedly told quarterback Colt McCoy that they would not be selecting a position-specific competitor in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns, who had their sites set on Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 22nd-overall pick, changed gears to ensure that they landed the quarterback of the future in Brandon Weeden rather than gambling on his availability later in the draft. After a spring of saying that McCoy was the quarterback for the upcoming season, the NFL as a business reared it’s ugly head.
Given that McCoy has avoided all media attention heading into the draft, coupled with this latest news, the writing appears to be on the wall: Colt McCoy’s tenure as a Cleveland Browns quarterback has come to an end. The Browns will likely try to trade McCoy, who’s value would undoubtedly be higher to other teams than that of reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers already being floated as potential landing spots.
The Browns own the 37th- and 67th-overall selections and will likely look to secure protection for Weeden as well as a receiving option for the passing game.