Most NFL teams when in a rebuilding mode, start by building around who they deem will be their franchise quarterback for years to come (i.e. Peyton Manning drafted by Indianapolis Colts). Sometimes the case may just simply be a team’s only hole to fill happens to be the quarterback position. Dating back to 1999, the Cleveland Browns thought they had filled that hole when they drafted Kentucky Quarterback Tim Couch with the first overall pick in that year’s NFL Draft. Needless to say, that experiment failed! As a matter of fact, many and I emphasize on “many” quarterbacks who were either drafted or signed by the Cleveland Browns never materialized or guide the franchise into becoming contenders. If you do not believe me, then just see for yourself!
In a Yahoo article back in September, it had noted that the Cleveland Browns had gone through 19 different starting quarterbacks since 1999 (The year Tim Couch was drafted). It is now 20 as Jason Campbell would be named the Browns starting quarterback midway through the 2013 season.
Many of these players never went on to have much of an NFL career or are still in the league but have not done much to date (Brady Quinn, Charlie Frye, Colt McCoy). Some, like Jake Delhomme, tried to revive their career’s by signing with Cleveland in hopes of reviving their career and the organization itself.
If you’re someone like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, or any other quarterback waiting to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, you may be sweating bullets once the Cleveland Browns are on the clock and may be hoping and praying that you do not potentially have the chance to become the 21st starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999!
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