NFL Draft 2011: Could Greg McElroy Be Cleveland Browns' Next Quarterback?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IMarch 17, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up during the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have brought in players to work out and put up potential smokescreens for the last few weeks, but one rumor that seems to be true is that the team intends on adding a player to the quarterback position.

In a year in which free agency may not exist, Cleveland has many holes to fill under a new coaching regime, and if the team decides to pursue a quarterback, it will more than likely have to be after the third round.

So who should be on Cleveland's radar?

Greg McElroy seems like the perfect choice for a number of different reasons. McElroy is a very intelligent quarterback who studies the game diligently and is always looking to improve. Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert like these types of players, as Colt McCoy was drafted for nearly the exact same reasons.

McElroy is also a quarterback who had a significant amount of success in his college career, as he led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a BCS National Championship in 2009.

The Tide went on to lose three games in 2010, but McElroy still put up good numbers and blew NFL scouts away with his score of 48 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test.

The Browns have been solid in saying that McCoy is the quarterback of the future, and with four quarterbacks currently on the roster, the talk of using a key draft pick on another signal caller may not be sitting well with some fans.

McElroy started in 26 games for Alabama and threw 36 touchdowns, but Alabama's rush-first offense and inconsistent play have experts placing him in the later rounds.

If the Browns are serious about drafting another quarterback, their options will become limited after the first two rounds. McElroy may be the only option they have if they wait too long.