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NFL Draft 2012: Cleveland Browns Showing Interest in Quarterback Brock Osweiler

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 1, 2012

The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and the Cleveland Browns still seem intent on finding another quarterback to create competition for Colt McCoy this season. Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, Robert Griffin III, Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow have all found new homes over the past few weeks, but Cleveland has remained steady with McCoy and Seneca Wallace.

Although, the Browns lack of quarterback additions wasn't for a lack of trying. Cleveland reportedly threw a huge offer at the St.Louis Rams in order to move up for a quarterback in the draft before the Browns were outbid by the Washington Redskins.

Ryan Tannehill is currently the next name to be thrown into Cleveland's ring of quarterback controversy and many experts claim that the Browns are considering drafting Tannehill with the fourth overall pick.

Those statements have thrown Cleveland's fan base into an instant debate and many are upset with the thought of drafting another quarterback with so many other talented position players on the board. Tannehill reportedly impressed scouts at his pro day earlier this week, and that has only added fuel to Cleveland's fire.

Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne will all likely be on the board for the Browns with the fourth overall pick, and each player could improve Cleveland's offense instantly in 2012. Tannehill would be expected to sit behind McCoy and Wallace even if he is drafted fourth overall.

One option for Cleveland that has not been explored until recently is Brock Osweiler. Osweiler is a 6'7", 240-pound quarterback from Arizona State who is currently rated as a mid-round prospect. A player like Osweiler could be interesting for Cleveland because he is a high-upside talent that would still be in play if the Browns decide to draft other positions on the first day.

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates after defeating the Missouri Tigers in the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the
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Osweiler participated in Arizona State's pro day over the weekend and was reportedly watched by Browns quarterback coach Mark Whipple, along with other members of the Browns scouting staff.

Many draft scouts around the league claim that Osweiler's footwork will need some attention at the NFL level. However, there are also comparisons to Philip Rivers because of his quick release and ability to see down the field.

Osweiler had flashes of brilliance at the college level and threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Osweiler may have even been ranked as a top-five quarterback had the Sun Devils not lost their final five games of the 2011 season.

It does not seem likely that Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert would endorse a high draft pick on a quarterback when they have not drafted a first-round quarterback in their collective careers. That makes a player like Osweiler a prime target because he can be developed into a quality quarterback while keeping the Browns' plans of building a better team intact.

Cleveland's quarterback intentions should become more clear over the next few weeks leading up to the draft. Until then, every move the Browns make will be scrutinized across the board. Osweiler, Tannehill and many other quarterbacks will find new homes over the course of the draft and it will be a good day for Browns fans to watch another signal caller grab an orange helmet next season.

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