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Browns’ Joe Thomas calls Mitchell Trubisky the No. 1 QB in draft

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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.

  • RGB

    It could be just the sausage biscuit, but my gut is starting to tell me the HBT trades out of the #12 to somewhere in the 20s and drafts Trubisky.

  • Garry_Owen

    Trubisky will be there at 12. While I don’t want the Browns to take a QB in the first round, if they’re convinced that Trubisky is the guy, I could live with them trading down to get him a bit later. Though, if they’re convinced he’s the guy, I don’t think they’ll wait. They’ll pull the trigger at 12. Indeed, if they really think he’s the guy, and have a plan to draft him, I’m not sure I want them to gamble on getting him later. If they know the guys they want, they need to get those guys when they know they can get them.

  • Hopwin

    But what does Joe Haden think of Mitch? Or Phil Dawson? Or Josh Cribbs?

    Why is Joe Thomas’ opinion newsworthy?

  • mgbode

    HOF player willing to share his opinion makes it valuable. At least as much (probably more) than any of the NFL analysts offering the same.

  • BenRM

    Joe knows football.

  • nj0

    With all due respect to Joe Thomas, the guy says what he’s supposed to. He’s a professional when it comes to sound bite. He has said nice things about Johnny Manziel and Cameron Erving. If you asked him about other QBs in the draft, he’d probably find a way to say nice things about them too. Nothing wrong with any of that, but it makes me less than interested in his public opinions.

  • Chris

    What level of involvement do you think Joe Thomas has with Hue / HBT? He’s more outspoken than ever, but what’s amazing is that he’s been generally rational, level-headed, and optimistic during this whole fiasco. During the trade speculation last season, Hue said in the “We. Are. Not. Trading. Joe. Thomas.” interview that Joe is critical to “what we’re trying to do here” and alluded to a long-term plan with him. That really struck me as odd.

  • nj0

    That’s looking like the most likely scenario to me.

  • RGB

    I want to know what Spergon Wynn thinks.

  • Hopwin

    Ray Lewis is a HOFer too and I give zero craps about his opinion too.

  • nj0

    By this logic, I should heed the advice of Charles Barkley and OJ Simpson.

  • RGB

    Don’t forget Jim Brown.

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  • tigersbrowns2

    okay , after paying close attention to MG , JOE & RGB … and after doing my own research & reading mocks & rumors , this is where i’m currently at :

    1 – DE Garrett
    12 – QB Trubisky
    33 – S Melifonwu
    52 – CB A.Jackson

    maybe a C at #52 ??

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi EDWARD … i’m really happy for you & everything , but what do you think the Browns will do at #12 overall ??

  • Hopwin

    Something weird with this guy’s profile, I normally flag them to disqus as spam posters but this guy’s profile throws a 404…

  • RGB

    Melifonwu?
    No, no, no.
    No.

    Elflein or Pocic should be available at #65.

  • tigersbrowns2

    we need a S , man … i’d like to move up from #12 to get Adams or Hooker … not likely either one of these guys will make it to #12.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi HOP … could it be the HBT going under cover to get some REAL draft guidance from the WFNY faithful ??

  • “It could be just the sausage biscuit…”

    Yeah it was me. My spicy sausage and savory biscuit can get into all the nooks and crannies of your stomach lining. Oh my, is that a vintage hotdog over there in the corner?

    Anyway, yeah I would love to see the browns trade their 12th pick for more pics and still get their guy.

  • tigersbrowns2

    LMFAO !!!!

  • RGB

    We might have a shot at Budda Baker (Love him, but hate his size), and will most likely have shots at Josh Jones, and Marcus Maye (My favorite) before Melifonwu.

  • Hopwin

    I hope HBT gets paid less than $104,000 per year for their bungling…

  • tigersbrowns2

    LMAO !!

  • RGB

    Speaking of hot dogs, we’ve been having a taste-off in the RGB household.
    So far, Sabrett wins out over Nathan’s and National Hebrew.

  • mgbode

    Costco should be entered into the running.

  • RGB

    We don’t have a Costco here.

  • mgbode

    I didn’t say anything about heeding the advice. But, the advice is newsworthy.

  • mgbode

    I think he is simply developing a platform so that he and Geoff Schwartz can have a show on NFL Network for an hour each week cracking jokes and breaking down film.

    (or that is my hope)

  • mgbode
  • nj0

    Meh. I don’t know if I agree. I file this with “I’m in the best shape of my life” stories and Belichick press conference transcripts. Not that I’m knocking anyone for reporting it, of course. Trust me: I’d rather read this than another piece saying how Russian agents are destroying our democracy.

  • Hopwin
  • CBiscuit

    Umm, no he’s not in the Hall of Fame! Plus, he hasn’t won anything, whist Trent Dilfer has won a Super Bowl and Robert Horry has won 5 championships. Plus, he only knows terrible QBs like Quinn, Anderson, Weeden…and JFF…so what is his basis of experience with good QBs…hmmm? Plus, he’s about to get traded anyway for another first rounder, which will in turn be flipped for two second rounders and a 4th, so there’s that.

    #boom#hottakes #slinkawaybode

  • mgbode

    I am willing to grant Joe Thomas HOF status today. He is a first-ballot, unanimous selection despite having never even been to the playoffs. You can count the amount of NFL players to be thought of as such in the NFL Wild Card era by simply stating “Joe Thomas”

  • mgbode

    Absolutely. It should be filed away in those categories.

  • CBiscuit

    He hasn’t gotten the Browns to the playoffs, and his won-loss record is terrible. No HOF for you Joe! Let’s see if we can get a second and a fifth for him.

  • RGB

    He’ll get into the HOF when he gets his ring after the HBT trades him for GRABAPABLO.

  • Jaker

    why C? There will be some decent WR’s, maybe a DT or better yet, more CB’s!!! We have our line.

  • Jaker

    value-wise, this would be great. Acquire another 2nd and draft a S, CB and DT there after MG and Trubes in round 1.

  • Jaker

    Agreed, unless they are already working on a deal to move down and roll the dice, I feel like if they are sold on Trubes, he’s the pick at 12. Although we’ve seen Quinn/Johnny/Rodgers-esque falls in the past, and considering how aggressive they were in FA, I wouldn’t rule out anything just yet.

  • tigersbrowns2

    i dunno … Greco , Bitonio & Reiter are all coming off serious injuries … our new C Tretter is injury-prone & who is going to play RT ??

    we all have different views , but in my mind it will be hard for the HBT to screw-up their draft …there will be many many good players in the first 3 or 4 rounds to choose from … i can’t wait.

  • Harv

    yep. Brady Quinn was the real deal, “controlled the huddle.” You could just feel the winner in washed up Jake Delhomme. The difference in Johnny this year is night and day. He looked into Josh Gordon’s eyes and got the measure of his soul … wait, maybe that was somebody else.

    Honestly, I think Joe is just bored out his skull. He watches the NFL playoffs, the NCAA tournament, soon the NBA playoffs and he knows he’ll never have the opportunity to express his massive talent in a single game of import. So, go on Joe, preach if it eases the pain.

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  • Saggy

    probably to #22

  • Saggy

    it just makes a lot more sense – moneyball-wise – to think they’d trade DOWN from 12, even if it’s only to 15, and get an extra asset. It’s their MO.

  • Saggy

    i don’t think it’s odd – i think it’s smart.