The quarterback position tops the list of needs for the Cleveland Browns and, per an anonymous NFL scout, the team could be in luck. In speaking with two scouts tasked with grading the upcoming draft class, Pete Dougherty from the Green Bay Press Gazette is told that there could be up to five quarterbacks selected in 2012 who stack up better than Carolina’s Cam Newton, last year’s first-overall selection.
To further the comparison, Dougherty writes that both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III represent a better top end at the position than the famed draft class of 2004 which featured Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger — the trio has four Super Bowl rings and plenty of playoff appearances between them.
“Both scouts rated Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill as the next-best [behind Luck and Griffin],” writes Dougherty. ”One then had Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins next followed by Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden, whereas the other had them vice versa. Cousins’ strengths are he reacts fast and he’s an impressive athlete. The big issue with Weeden is his age — he played minor-league baseball and will turn 29 in October of his rookie season. He’s got plenty of arm talent, but that age matters.”
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