Despite quarterback rumors that persisted into the third day of the NFL draft, the Browns are sticking to their existing guns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Marcus Mariota didn’t come riding in on a white horse and a Sam Bradford trade never materialized. As the draft marched on, the Browns passed on Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who all went in the first five rounds.
Instead, the Browns are forging on with Josh McCown as their likely starter and Johnny Manziel as their ongoing developmental project. The Browns — who selected 12 players overall in the draft — also have Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw who can start games for them.
“I don’t think we can emphasize it enough that we’re going to build a football team,” said coach Mike Pettine. “We’re not going to over-prioritize the quarterback position.”
“We’re very confident in the guys in that room,” said Pettine. “We are. We’re very confident in the guys coaching them, I’m very confident in the plan that we’re going to build and I’m thrilled with the players we’re putting on the field around the quarterback. I’ve talked about this from the beginning — that you want to minimize the importance of the quarterback.”