Found March 30, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
PLAYERS: Mike Mayock
TEAMS: Cleveland Browns
The comments to our headline post about Mike Mayock’s opinion of Ryan Tannehill turned out to be a discussion of what it means for something to be newsworthy. In the case of Mike Mayock’s opinion, as someone who has invested pretty heavily in the Browns, I would rather know it than not know it. That doesn’t mean I believe it all, but it is an important part of the equation of how I go through my life as someone who follows the Browns closely. It sets a precedent not only for players who could potentially become a part of the Browns, but also the critic who puts the opinion out there. In this case, after reviewing Mike Mayock’s statement and really thinking about it, I am left to agree with him… sort of. The sentence that everyone keeps repeating is when Mayock said, “I think Cleveland has to take (Tannehill) at No. 4 and if they don’t Miami is sitting there at No. 8.” I actually agree with that, but let’s re-formulate the sentence a bit, shall we? Mike Mayock said so much about Tannehill other than that one statement that I think it is important to boost the clarity for him. Using only Mayock’s own quotes… I think Cleveland has to take him at No. 4… … if they want a quarterback today that is “not ready to play right now.” … if they want a guy who “down the road, he could be a franchise quarterback.” … if they want to draft a guy who is “probably going to go higher than he should.” … if they want to draft a guy who doesn’t “trust his reads yet,” who has “a long way to go,” and who has “the tools necessary to be a franchise quarterback” … someday… maybe… but certainly not this year. Yes, I am poking a little bit of fun. In the end, I do think if the Browns want Tannehill they will have to draft him at No. 4. If they don’t, without some crazy trade scenario, Tannehill will be gone, probably by eight, but certainly before they have another chance at No. 22. From that perspective of game theory in the draft, if the Browns want Tannehill they would have to take him at four. That is, if they want him or more importantly in our minds, if they should want him. The consensus around Browns town appears to be that many would love to have Tannehill, but almost none of those people think it is worth taking that chance at number four. We’ll see what Heckert, Holmgren, Shurmur and Childress think. In the meantime, I’ll just assume the only way Tannehill goes at #4 is if the Browns trade that pick to someone who uses it on him. For my money, the only options that I think will be there for the Browns who are worth being picked that high are Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne and Justin Blackmon in that order.
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