Carson Wentz Is Not a Top-20 Quarterback, Say the Browns

(takes deep breath)

Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson ... 

... (panting heavily) Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy ...

... (wildly out of breath) Seneca Wallace, Thad Lewis, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Austin Davis.

That's quite the ragtag list of quarterbacks. And the one thing they all have in common is that they have each started a game for the Cleveland Browns since 1999.

One quarterback that won't be on that list is Carson Wentz, who the Eagles selected with the No. 2 pick in 2016, which they received from Cleveland.

So why would a team with such terrible QB play trade away a pick that could solve their disastrous history at the position?

Well, according to Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta (the guy Jonah Hill played in "Moneyball,") the team did not think Wentz has what it takes to be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL. And if there's one thing the Browns are really good at, it's evaluating quarterback talent. 

"Even though you have a desperate need for one, you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don't believe he's one of those 20 guys at the end of the day," DePodesta told Tony Grossi of WKNR-850 AM. "I think that's the hardest part, just maintaining your discipline because you have the need. That's what we did this year."

Best of luck, Cleveland.

"Again, it comes down to individual evaluation of a player," DePodesta said. "We will not always be right on those type of things."

Yeah, no kidding.

Copyright CSNPhily
Contact Us