According to a report on CBS Sports, the Cleveland Browns have been in contact with the high school coach for Michigan State's QB Connor Cook CBS quoted Gerry Rardin in saying that the Browns contacted him about Cook:
Rardin, who recently retired, got his first personal visit from a pro team when the Cleveland Browns stopped by to discuss Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
The article notes that this is the first time the now retired, 35 year coach received an in person visit from an NFL team. They go on to discuss Cook's background, not being highly recruited, as well as some of the other QBs expected to come out in the upcoming class.
For the Browns, there are a few takeaways that we can look at regarding this report:
Of course the Browns are going to do their due diligence on highly touted players. With the college season not yet started, the Browns can start looking into the players background. Cook, a local product from Walsh Jesuit, is someone the Browns likely have interest in and the close vicinity made a personal visit appropriate.
Even the most ardent Johnny Manziel backer is uncertain of what the 2nd year pro might become. By all reports he has improved on and off the field from the disaster of last year. However, Manziel still has a long way to go in order to lock up his position as the Browns QB of the future. With Mike Pettine declaring Josh McCown the likely starter this season, becoming more likely with ever snap Manziel misses with arm trouble, the team may not have any field time to evaluate him. There seems to be a clear difference between McCown and Manziel on the practice field, much like last year with Brian Hoyer, which has kept him from getting a look as the #1 guy.
Under Pettine and GM Ray Farmer, the Browns have brought in a ton of players over the last two season. Their 12 draft picks this year as well as the bevy of picks and undrafted players who made an impact last year, means the Browns do not have a ton of roster spots available. They have also joined other successful teams in planning for the future. Aging vets Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby now have replacements that were drafted this season while free agent to be Alex Mack could be replaced by Cameron Erving. Even if Manziel starts to show some signs of improvement, the Browns can afford to spend another high pick on the most important position on the field, securing it with two young players.
Cook Is Good
While many around the great State of Ohio want to talk about Cardale Jones, many have Cook as the best QB prospect in college. 6'4" with good enough arm strength and a solid grasp of NFL concepts, Cook is likely to be a very high pick. Taking an in-depth look at Cook is just good scouting, especially when that coach lives close by. Cook could be the answer to the age old problem at QB if the Browns need one next year and more information is always better.
While fans are focused on getting it right on the field this season, and rightfully so, it is good to know that Farmer and his group are already putting in the work for next year's class. If the Browns have to draft a QB, they will be ready.
Do you read anything into this report about the Browns and Connor Cook?