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To quarterback or not to quarterback: That is the question for the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft.
Yes, 2012 first-rounder Brandon Weeden took all the first-team reps in last week's voluntary minicamp, and yes, the team also brought on free-agent Jason Campbell last month, but that hasn't stopped certain draft experts and NFL insider-types from linking the Browns to top-rated 2013 quarterback prospect Geno Smith of West Virginia.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository cites two sources—Sports Illustrated's Peter King and former Browns general manager Phil Savage—who believe that the Browns could trade down with the San Diego Chargers and use that pick, the 11th-overall, to draft Smith. Okay then.
Smith completed 71 percent of his passes in 2012, for 4,205 total yards and 42 touchdowns to six interceptions. Yes—42-to-six.
Smith is considered by many to be this draft's best quarterback. He's certainly in possession of a strong arm, has good accuracy and a great deal of speed and mobility. To add to that, he's also quite calm in the pocket when under pressure, but his elusiveness further helps his ability to react to pressure—he was thus sacked only 19 times in 2012.
When Smith is on, he's on, but when he's off, he can be maddeningly inaccurate. While he's the best quarterback of this class, it's not an impressive overall group of quarterbacks, which may have inflated his value.
In a perfect world, he'd marinate for a season, but whomever snags him in this draft will likely make him their starter. That puts the Browns in a strange situation with Weeden and makes the Smith-to-Cleveland speculation not incredibly grounded in reality.