NFL Draft 2010: Why The Browns Should Forget McCoy and Draft Skelton!

J GatskieCorrespondent IApril 16, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback John Skelton of Fordham runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Browns have been linked to Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt Mccoy, Tim Tebow and Mike Kafka in advance of the upcoming NFL draft. There is one prospect flying under the radar who would be an excellent fit for the West Coast hybrid offense the Browns are implementing next year.
John Skelton is a senior quarterback from Fordham college who was born in El Paso Texas. While there he starred at Burges high school. He was a star shortstop which shows his all around athleticism.

At John Skelton's pro-day he impressed the scouts in a variety of ways. He showed NFL caliber mobility, threw on the run well, and threw tight spirals all day long. The velocity on his passes was impressive and he maintained consistent mechanics and delivery.
At 6'5" 243 pounds, he has the size offensive coordinators crave and will be able to take a pounding at the NFL level. Despite his size, he proved his athleticism by running a 4.83 40 and registering a 33 inch vertical leap. These numbers are especially impressive for a man of his size.

Playing at Fordham has not exposed him to a high level of competition and that is definitely a concern. On the converse, playing at Fordham is a testament to his intelligence and his potential ability to pick up whatever playbook he is given.The following scouting information was primarily gleaned from the CBS Sports site.

The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder had a nine-foot broad jump and a 4.33 in the 20-yard shuttle at the combine.

He played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.

For his career, he passed for 9,923 yards, 69 touchdowns and 36 interceptions with a 58.8 completion percentage.

Last season, he passed for a career-high 2,708 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 64.4 completion percentage.


Skelton is accurate enough to give his receiver a chance to make a play after the catch whether on a quick screen, out route, slant, fade, or throw down the seam. He also leads his man on slants and deep throws and will aim the ball and feather it in instead of letting it loose.

John has a cannon. He throws 45-50-yard passes with little effort, but he rarely takes full advantage of his arm strength. Ball gets from hash to opposite sideline in a hurry when he steps into the throw. Good trajectory on deep passes, and the ball doesn’t hang up. Inconsistent spiral, though the ball still has fair pace when it wobbles.

Skelton's setup and release: Prototypical size and stands tall in the pocket. Waits patiently for routes to develop. Mostly in the shotgun when passing but will go under center on run plays and the occasional play-action.

Release speed is not an issue whether in the pocket or on the run. Relies on his arm strength too much; will throw off back foot and into traffic. Throws from different arm angles and usually well-balanced. Could sell the ball fake more in play-action.

His ability to read defenses: Knows the second and third progression, and is willing to throw underneath route if deep receiver is covered up. Will pick apart a defense if given time. Looks to the quick screen before checking out deep throw. Will not look off the safety or creeping corner consistently, resulting in interceptions. Trusts his receivers too much, throwing jump balls when unnecessary.

Mobility: Mobile for his size and able to throw accurately on the run in either direction. Squares his shoulders when throwing on the run. Will evade sacks from FCS defenders, but unclear whether he’ll do so against better competition. Doesn’t always get his eyes down field when pressured in the pocket but does when outside.

Mobility leads him to leave the pocket too quickly at times. Agile enough to get first downs when scrambling or running the read option, but not quick enough to run for more than a few yards and lacks elusiveness in the open field. Lowers his head for a first down if sideline isn’t available and can slide if possible. Good size for the sneak.

Intangibles: Two-year captain who leads his offense on and off the field. Quiet with the media, but vocal on the field. Has the work ethic and intelligence to become an NFL starter.

Skelton has a cannon, decent mobility, is intelligent, and is a beast size wise. At the very least the Browns should consider him with our first pick in the third round, and I even think he is worth trading back up into the second for. His arm is tailor made for Cleveland, he has no character flaws, and appears to be coachable. All though he played in a weak conference, so did Joe Flacco and this kid has better measurables than him. Please Mr. Holmgren/Heckert read this!