INDIANAPOLIS--Will the Browns look to the local kid once again to be the franchise's long-time answer at quarterback?
That is one of the big questions as the Browns search for their quarterback.
Arguably, the last time the Browns had their franchise quarterback was when they selected Bernie Kosar from Boardman in the first-round of the 1985 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Hue Jackson was asked if there might be too much pressure if they draft Mentor's Mitch Trubisky.
Former Browns great running back Earnest Byner responded to Jackson's response on Twitter by saying "Ask Bernie Kosar about that."
That sounds like something Jackson would like.
"There's no substitute for arm talent," Jackson said. "There's no substitute, can a guy really process what they're trying to accomplish and then can it fit into the National Football League. I think we all know it's been tough trying to evaluate that position because it's so different in college than what it is in the National Football League, but those things won't change. I think there's a couple of key characteristics that you've got to have. Can you throw? Can you process? Can you lead your team? Those are three very fundamental things that I think will show itself from a college quarterback."
The downside or knock on Trubisky according to PFW is that he was "only a one year starter...Will force some throws and didn't play from under center."
Trubisky refuted that he only had one season.
"That's a question everybody is asking," Trubisky said. "I think I definitely have enough experience. I only have 13 starts, but I've played in 30 games. I've come in off the bench and I've seen significant time.
"I was really prepared well at North Carolina by (my) coach," he said. "I've studied the game and I am a student of the game. I've seen a lot of defenses and I think that is going to help me and just my abilities. I feel I'm in a really good spot right now to take my game to the next level and I feel really confident."
On the limited experience, Jackson wasn't daunted by it.
"Well it is a small sample size but at the same time he still played," Jackson said. "He shows...I don't think that's what's important. If a guy demonstrates the characteristics you're looking for, I think it's important to keep digging and find out more but I don't get concerned about that part of it as long as a guy can do what we need him to do."
Last year, in his only game as the starter at North Carolina, Trubisky threw 30 touchdowns and six iinterceptions in 13 games. Overall, he was 304-of-447 (68.0 pct.) for 3,748 yards.
Overall, PFW summarized Trubisky this way:
"His raw talent is as good as any QB in this class, but his lack of experience makes him a high risk, high reward selection."
Jackson said he and the front office will look very hard at Trubisky and the other prospects to see if they are the answer. He said it's too early in the process to see if Trubisky can be the answer. There have been reports that have said the Browns are strongly considering drafting Trubisky with one of their two first-round picks, and possibly with the first pick.
“I think it’s too soon (to rank them)," Jackson said. "We’re still in the process of finding out to know that for sure. That’s why we’re here, to spend more time with them to and see what they know and what they don’t know and how we can help them and how they would fit in our system. We’ll know more about all these guys as we continue to move forward.”