Simms: Browns Can't Draft Two Quarterbacks In Top Four

It might sound like a good idea, Chris Simms said, but it would divide the locker room – and the city of Cleveland – overnight

Tiki and Tierney
April 19, 2018 - 6:38 pm

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The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback. This is we know. They don’t, however, need two.

Indeed, some analysts believe that the Browns should draft a quarterback first and fourth overall to help ensure that they come away with their franchise guy. If the Browns were to go that route, would it even be possible to get the players equal reps this summer?

"You can find a way to get equal reps certainly,” Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms said on Tiki and Tierney, “but you're going to divide your locker room from Day 1 if you do that. One day Sam Darnold is going to have a good practice, and then the next day Josh Allen is going to have a good practice, and half the locker room is going to go, 'Man, Josh Allen is the man,' and the other half is going to go, 'What? Sam Darnold is the man!' And then you're going to split the city up. For a city that hasn't been able to get a quarterback, let's not draft two and go crazy. I don't see who that could work. Maybe if Jimmy Haslam listens to a homeless guy on the street again, it could happen, but I would say that would be somewhat of a career-suicide move for John Dorsey, the GM. That's going to bring a whole list of problems.”

While Darnold and Allen figure to be early picks, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield will also be in the mix. Former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, meanwhile, might be, at best, the fifth QB off the board.

That could be a mistake.

“I love this kid,” Simms said. “I’m not going to say he's my No. 1 quarterback, but I think him and Josh Allen are the two quarterbacks with the highest ceiling or sure. Lamar Jackson is one of those things where you just go, 'Man, where is he going to go and can these coaches make him a superstar?’ Because he has all the physical traits to be a superstar. He's the greatest runner we've seen at the position since Michael Vick.”

Jackson, of course, is not a finished product, and his throwing mechanics are certainly a work in progress. Still, Simms found Bill Polian’s suggestion that Jackson switch to wide receiver “disrespectful.”

Jackson will be a quarterback, Simms said, and several teams are interested in him, including the Cardinals, Bengals, Chargers and Ravens.

"I will be shocked if he doesn't go in the top 20,” Simms said. “The talent is off-the-charts, there's no question about that."