- Any belief the Browns are committed to selecting a quarterback with the first of their two first round draft picks should be quashed for the time being.
The Cleveland front office is far from committed to such a selection at this time and the intrigue created by the play of Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell has left the organization feeling less cornered than they felt earlier in the season.
Hoyer and Campbell have performed at a high level, leaving the coaching staff and front office believing either veteran could be more than simply an option heading into the 2014 season.
While the intrigue exists, production over the following seven weeks of the season will likely determine the direction of the organization. A franchise type quarterback is a goal of every team not having such a luxury and the Browns will weigh the options as the draft approaches.
Throughout the college football season the Browns have heavily scouted every name quarterback and some others that have not gained household notoriety.
Notes on a few of the collegiate QB's the Browns have scouted
Additional notes and players of mention in the next installment
* Johnny Manziel has gained respect of scouts due to his improved accuracy and continued ability to make plays due to his athleticism. His reckless abandon with his body and shorter stature (6'0) has teams such as the Browns moderately concerned.
* Marcus Mariota is a true multi-dimensional threat, with excellent size and excellent arm strength. One question which jumps off the tape is Mariota often throws to receivers that are wide-open. Mariota has the arm strength to place the ball in tight windows.
* Zach Mettenberger is a QB of intrigue. Scouts love his size (6'5), arm strength and improved mechanics, but also cringe as he throws too many interceptions. Mettenberger stands tall in the pocket and has improved his accuracy in his senior season.
- Quality and depth at the running back position will be one of great interest through the balance of the 201 season. The Browns running game has struggled and the organization continues to evaluate and scour the free agent and practice squads of other teams, all in an attempt to find a player with greater upside than what resides on the current roster.
Being potentially on the cusp of a race to the playoffs, the Browns have been apprehensive to make a rash move at the position. The staff has been unwilling to throw an inexperienced talent into a key role, rather depending on veteran Willis McGahee to provide leadership.
Chris Ogbonnaya will gain reps going forward, while Fozzy Whittaker will see spot duty in the running game and as a third down type back out of the backfield.
If the Browns fall from contention, expect to see Ogbonnaya and Whittaker to see additional playing time.
Looking back at training camp, pre-season injuries to Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty turned over the apple-cart. Due to the injuries and lack of productivity coming from former Browns running back Trent Richardson, the team has been exposed in the worst way.
The Browns have been scouting running backs, nearly as heavily as they have quarterbacks and offensive linemen and the likelihood of seeing a running back, lineman and quarterback coming to Cleveland via the draft remains high.