In most drafts, the top quarterback in the draft is a consensus pick among many of the teams around the NFL. This year, it’s different. There are three (or even possibly four) quarterbacks who could be the first gunslinger off the board. Is it North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky? Clemson’s Deshaun Watson? Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer? Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes? Trubisky and Watson seem to be the top two, but no one, including front offices across the league, seem to know who will be the top quarterback taken.
While talking to 92.3 The Fan’s Ken Carman and Anthony Lima on Thursday, Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas made it known that he believes Trubisky is the top quarterback in the draft. He may have the least experience, but according to the future Hall of Famer, the Mentor, Ohio native has the highest ceiling, which is the main reason why Thomas chose him.
“I know that Mitchell Trubisky is probably the guy that has the most upside potential in a pro-style offense in the NFL, and I don’t see those other guys as obvious fits in NFL offenses,” Thomas said. “So if you’re going to take a guy, he might be your guy you want to take. With that being said, I think he’s only started for a year, so he’s got a lot of improvement to make before he is ready to be the starting quarterback.”
Since being drafted 2007, Thomas has seen his fair share of quarterbacks. In fact, he’s blocked so many different blind sides that it’s hard to keep track of at this point. While Cody Kessler (or Brock Osweiler) may be the option in 2017, the 32-year-old seems to think that Trubisky could be the answer for the foreseeable future.
Thomas may think Trubisky is the top quarterback, but he doesn’t want the Browns to take him with the top overall pick. With the No.1 pick, he wants his team to select a pass rusher, specifically Texas A&M Myles Garrett, which seems like a lock at this point. Luckily for the left tackle and for Browns fans who want the team to select the Northeast Ohio guy with the 12th pick, the Browns seem to love him as well. If they do in fact select Trubisky, he will be a raw talent, and will likely take at least a year to stand on the sidelines and learn the NFL game.
The NFL Draft begins April 27. Cleveland will have two picks in the first round, barring any trades: No. 1 and 12.