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Myles Garrett or Mitch Trubisky is a false choice

Choosing between Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky isn't a real choice at all, argues Browns fan Jeff Mitzel, only one that will land the Browns brain trust in the sort of hot water that boiled Mike Holmgren.

Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter sent shock waves through the Browns fans collective consciousness by announcing that the Browns are undecided at who to pick at #1 and are torn between choosing Myles Garrett or Mitch Trubisky.

The desperation generator permanently installed in the basement of the Berea complex is up and running and coupled to the "not a good move random decision generator."

Myles Garrett is a generational talent to the acclaim of, well, everyone.

Sure, Garrett could go the way of Courtney Brown, but the meter is pegged in the direction of Joey Bosa, Jadeveon Clowney and others.  A pass-first league is also a get-after-the-quarterback league.

Why go to the trouble to hire a defensive coordinator who embraces exactly that and swivel the head in the opposite direction when presented the opportunity to execute a strategy consistent with that move?!

Oh, look.  A squirrel.

Mitch Trubisky appears as the quarterback darling of someone in the Browns organization <insert silent eye gestures in the direction of Hue Jackson>, but who knows if Mitch Trubisky is a good quarterback or will be one at the NFL level?!

Word out of Jon Gruden's quarterback camp is Trubisky didn't know what a hard count was and couldn't execute one.

Football 101.  

Bryce Petty similarly didn't know how to identify the mike linebacker in Gruden's camp.

Football 101 appears to be important when projecting quarterbacks to the next level, and if it isn't why not grab the next kid who looks good getting off the bus and can heave the ball downfield?!

Spergon Wynn is the correct answer to that question.

Maybe Mitch Trubisky goes the way of Aaron Rogers, but maybe Trubisky goes Bryce Petty.  Quarterbacks with indicators in the direction of players like Petty don't get picked at the top of the draft.  Nor in the first half of the first round.

Mike Holmgren went against the grain and picked Brandon Weedon at quarterback as the oldest player drafted in the first round.  Not surprisingly, Holmgren vanished soon afterward.

Going dramatically against the grain is a career-ending move.

NFL personnel guys warn you'll get in trouble when you go against your draft board and don't pick the highest rated player on your board. But, quarterbacks are different, are special, are the face of the franchise, and Hue wants a quarterback.  "We don't have one and need one now" goes that argument.

Though, all will be well in the kingdom should Trubisky and a quarterback no one projects as NFL ready go through the narrow door of likely success - and not the greater likelihood of struggle and Hue getting overly attached to making it work (amidst reports he did exactly that with RG III).  

Few quarterbacks are ready to play as rookies, and no one is suggesting Trubisky is close to ready.  Would Trubisky be any farther ahead after fermenting on the shelf for a year than any of the three quarterbacks projected in some mock drafts to be amongst the first five picks in 2018 and within reach next year?!  Do scouts see Trubisky as a better prospect in the face of a quarterback-rich draft next year, and do they see a better way to solve the need for a pass rush next year should they pass on Garrett?!

Jimmy Haslem made the point to say scouting didn't fail in past drafts when he reviewed the organization this past year.  Decision makers did and decision makers easily do.

There's a handy roadmap for decision makers who have left pavement.

Myles Garrett goes a long way for a defense that can't find the quarterback, can't stop the run, and watches balls thrown over their heads. Garrett is a generational talent and square peg that fits squarely when looking at team needs, a need to show progress, and provides a championship building block.

Mitch Trubisky may be a guy Hue can work with and is the kind of guy picked later rather than sooner.  Quarterbacks are found in the latter half of the first round as readily as they are found earlier.  The Raiders followed their draft board and picked Khalil Mack with an early first round pick and found Derek Carr later in the first round.  Both players have made trips to the Pro Bowl and not coincidentally the fortunes of the Raiders and Browns have turned in opposing directions in that draft. Remember the Browns similarly held two first round picks and had the choice of both those players before leaving their draft board and leaving pavement.

Maybe Trubisky falls, and Hue convinces Sashi that waiting for Garrapolo to fall loose as a free agent next year is a bad idea.  Maybe scouts affirm that the quarterbacks in next year's draft aren't as good as Trubisky.

But doesn't making a decision with broad scoping implications that project down the road encourage an equally broad thought process and a solid look down the road, too?!

And maybe dialing down the desperation generator wildly at work and reconnecting the sanity check meter?!

Myles Garrett at #1 and Howard at #12 project as two talents rarely found at their position and go a long way at filling out a roster.  Maybe the Browns fall in in love with a cornerback and trade back into the first round from there, or maybe Trubisky falls and measured impatience meets with measured opportunity.

Maybe Sashi thinks it a good idea should he and Hue keep their jobs rolling forward, too.


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