Browns Didn’t View Wentz As Top 20 QB

This offseason, the Browns had an opportunity to stand pat with the No. 2 pick in the draft and potentially solve their quarterback situation for years to come. However, in April, the Browns struck a deal with the Eagles to add to their stockpile of picks. Everyone assumed that the Browns were not sold on Carson Wentz, but it turns out their evaluation of the North Dakota State QB was harsher than you might expect. Also, as executive Paul DePodesta hinted to Tony Grossi of, the Browns might have kept the pick if they thought Jared Goff would slip. Carson Wentz

We have to make judgments on the individual players and we’re not always going to be right,” DePodesta said. “But in this particular case, we just didn’t feel it was necessarily the right bet to make for us at this time. Again, it comes down to individual evaluation of a player…Even though you have a desperate need for [a quarterback], you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don’t believe he’s one of those 20 guys at the end of the day. I think that’s the hardest part, just maintaining your discipline because you have the need. That’s what we did this year.”

Soon enough, we’ll know whether the Browns’ signing of Robert Griffin III was a smart move. But, regardless of how RGIII does in Cleveland this year, DePodesta says the team will continue to evaluate options at quarterback. That’s probably the right approach as Griffin will be the Browns’ 25th starting quarterback since 1999.

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7 comments on “Browns Didn’t View Wentz As Top 20 QB

  1. Sam C.

    Because the Browns have streat history of QB evaluation…

  2. kmeadno1

    That means he’ll be great

  3. Squire1415

    The Browns are right because Paxton lynch is better. GO BRONCOS!!!!

  4. tylerall5

    Browns shouldn’t do anything related to a franchise quarterback or franchise player until they get stability in coaching and in the front office. How can you expect young talent to perform if they don’t have a stable system?

  5. How did the writer get that headline out of that interview? He didn’t mean top 20 pick, he meant one of the 20 franchise QB’s.

  6. Who cares what the Browns think. they cant draft anyways

    • Timmy

      The just saved Wentz’s career by not drafting him!!!!

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