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Colt McCoy has finished his second season and his first as the starter, officially. He’s listed at 6'1" tall. At the time he was drafted, Colt was the winningest NCAA quarterback at Texas. He was selected in the third round, a great value pick.
What is his supporting cast? Besides Peyton Hillis, not much. Evan Moore was highly under-utilized. and the team has no clear cut No. 1 WR. Greg Little shows some promise, if he can decrease the drops. Bringing in another QB with a first-round pick is not going to change the fact they need more help on offense. The results will not change by simply changing the QB.
Prior to making his decision to return to school, Matt Barkley was mentioned as a target for the Browns. How is he a better option than McCoy? Barkley is listed at 6’2”, 1 inch taller than McCoy. What did Barkley accomplish at USC that McCoy didn't at Texas?
The price of a first-round pick makes it much more costly, and I don’t see the advantage. But, it doesn’t matter this year, since Barkley is returning to the Trojans. However, he very well could be back in Cleveland's sights in 2013. Let’s hope not.
Robert Griffin III is obviously very intriguing as a potential QB for the Browns. He’s very talented, smart and an over-achiever. He has “it.” Similar to the Browns, it’s been noted that his supporting cast at Baylor isn’t all that. Yet RGIII still made them competitive, kept them in the games and orchestrated some very good wins against some top teams, including TCU and Oklahoma.
Lastly, Griffin provided Baylor its first Heisman trophy. Again, the price of a first-round pick is costly. But if he’s a game-changer, the return could prove huge for the Cleveland Browns. But how long could he hold up in the AFC North?
Just keep in mind, for all the Cam Newtons, Peyton Mannings and Donovan McNabbs succeeding in the NFL today, there are Vince Youngs, Akili Smiths, Ryan Leafs, David Carrs, Joey Harringtons, JaMarcus Russells, and more.
Lastly, remember the game against the New England Patriots in 2010? How about the Saints game? Colt McCoy can play QB for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns need to play to his strengths.