The Cleveland Browns had a really promising 2018 NFL season. And it is now carrying over to the offseason with the incredible activity already done by Browns General Manager John Dorsey through free agency and trades. Even though the Browns do not have a first round pick anymore, the Browns will use the 2019 NFL Draft to continue the development of the team and hopefully catapult the franchise to even higher heights. They still hold eight picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, so there will still be a big opportunity to keep improving the roster.
Here at WFNY, we are going to get you ready for the upcoming draft. In particular, Joe Gilbert and John Colosimo have been examining each of the positions in the draft, giving their top five prospects in each position group, while also giving their thoughts on the overall class at each position.
The duo finishes up their position rankings series with the most important position in football, the quarterback position. This is what Joe and John had to say about the top five quarterbacks and the overall class of quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gilbert and Colosimo’s 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings Series: Safeties, Cornerbacks, Linebackers, Edge Rushers, Interior Defensive Linemen, Interior Offensive Linemen, Offensive Tackles, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers and Running Backs
|Joe Gilbert’s Top 5 Quarterbacks||John Colosimo’s Top 5 Quarterbacks|
|1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State||1. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma|
|2. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma||2. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State|
|3. Brett Rypien, Boise State||3. Drew Lock, Missouri|
|4. Drew Lock, Missouri||4. Daniel Jones, Duke|
|5. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn||5. Brett Rypien, Boise St.|
Best of the Rest: Will Grier (West Virginia), Ryan Finley (N.C. State) and Tyree Jackson (Buffalo)
Which quarterback do you feel stronger about than most people?
Joe: I just don’t have a strong feeling towards any of the quarterbacks in this class. I do feel Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State is the No. 1 quarterback in the class, which differs from many draft experts who have Kyler Murray of Oklahoma first.
John: I don’t have anyone that fits that bill, other than many are divided at the top, and I side with Murray, and am lower on Haskins than most. This is an extremely shallow class of quarterbacks.
Who is your No. 1 quarterback in the class and why do you believe he is the best quarterback?
Joe: As I stated earlier, Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State is my No. 1 quarterback. I think he can make any throw on the field with the zip and arm strength to make the tight window throws. He shows good eyes where he can manipulate defenders to open up windows for his receivers. He also has the ideal size and build for a quarterback.
John: I think by the film and data, Kyler Murray is the clear number 1 QB in this class. I do have questions about his intangibles, but thats all they can ever really be because I don’t get to sit in on the interviews. He does not appear to have the same leadership and magnetism that Baker had a year ago. His teammates don’t talk the same way about him, the interview process did not purportedly go as well, and just generally speaking the buzz on those types of things is not the same. That could all be there, but I am not hearing those things. For the things we can really see for sure, however, he has ability in abundance.
What are your thoughts on the overall quarterback class? How would you rate the class?
Joe: I do not like this class at all. I would take Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold before any of the quarterbacks this season. I think Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray are the only quarterbacks who have starting quarterback level talent. Last year’s class blows this class out of the water in my opinion.
John: Unless you have the top pick, this is a terrible year to need a quarterback. Beyond Kyler and Haskins, I don’t see a single QB I’d be interested in investing a draft pick in.
Who has the best single skill set and what is that skill set?
Joe: Kyler Murray’s athleticism is the best skill set in the class. He is a superb athlete with the speed to hurt teams with his legs and agility to escape pressure in the pocket. But, he also adds a really strong arm with really good zip on his passes. He is just a unique athlete.
John: I agree with Joe. Murray is a fantastic athlete, the best dual threat QB prospect since probably Robert Griffin and I’d have him as a better prospect than Robert.
Who is a sleeper quarterback who you are keeping an eye on?
Joe: Tyree Jackson of Buffalo is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on. He has great physical traits. He stands at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds with a rocket for an arm. He is just really, really raw.
John: None. I don’t think any QB under the top two have a reasonable chance for long term success in the NFL.
What is the impact of this quarterback class to the Browns?
Joe: As the Icona Pop song goes, “I don’t care, I love it.” We as Browns fans do not have to worry about quarterback this season and that is an amazing feeling. The Browns could look late in the draft to pick a developmental quarterback, but overall this position is in great hands with Baker Mayfield.
John: The only impact this class could have is if the Bengals made a move up to secure Haskins, something I find unlikely. For the first draft in nearly 20 seasons, the Browns couldn’t care less about quarterbacks. It’s a beautiful thing.