Lucas: Browns Have Had Quarterback Problems "Since Vietnam"

"I don't trust Cleveland at all" to make the right decision at No. 1, Ray Lucas said

Taz and the Moose
April 24, 2018 - 9:35 am

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Ray Lucas doesn’t know what the Cleveland Browns will do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, but he’s fairly confident it won’t be the right thing.

“I don’t trust Cleveland at all,” the former NFL quarterback and current SNY analyst said on Taz & The Moose. “You got to pick Sam Darnold. When you watch his workouts in the rain, everything was a big question mark with his hand size and can he hold on to the ball? All the tape I saw, every time there’s pressure, his hands separate automatically. In the pocket, you have to keep both hands on the ball. His hands separate. But watching him throw in the rain with his accuracy, Sam Darnold would be a tough guy to pass up, especially with Cleveland with all the quarterback trouble they’ve had for the last (several years). Since Vietnam they’ve had quarterback trouble.”


“I think they have to go with Sam Darnold there,” Lucas said, “but again, you never know. Cleveland couldn’t execute a friggin’ trade agreement and get the paperwork in before the trade deadline to get (AJ) McCarron. So I don’t trust Cleveland at all.”
If the Browns pass on Darnold, Josh Allen could be the next-best option. The 6-5, 237-pounder might have the strongest arm in the draft. Lucas isn’t worried about Allen’s 56.3 completion percentage, either.

“I think he’ll be good,” Lucas said. “His completion percentage wasn’t that great. It’s going to be better in the NFL because he’s not going to have to hold the ball that long. The receivers are running crisper routes, everything happens 10 times faster in the NFL, so whoever gets this kid – I think he’s super athletic, too. He makes plays out of the pocket just as much as any other quarterback in the draft.”