Hue Jackson and Doug Pederson were both hired in 2016. In Pederson's first draft, he was given Carson Wentz.
The Browns and Jackson got a truckload of players back instead, but none of them are Wentz. None of them are a franchise quarterback.
Since then, both teams have gone in completely different directions. Pederson coached the Eagles to a Super Bowl win, while Jackson was recently fired.
In an exclusive interview with Cleveland.com, Jackson was asked if he wanted the Browns to draft Wentz in 2016:
Oh my gosh, yes. Did I like Carson Wentz? Hell yes. He did something that no other quarterback did. I give them three minutes to memorize the book and put on the (white) board. He put it all on the board in two minutes and 48 seconds. I've never had a guy do that ever in my coaching career.
But the plan was never to take a quarterback that year. It was all about trading back to get picks. If you're doing that you've got to pick the right players.
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We've heard these stories about Wentz before. It seems like a bunch of teams have similar stories about him from that pre-draft period in 2016. The Eagles had the same impression … that's why they prioritized moving up to get him.
The Browns ended up with a whole lot of players from the trade out of No. 2 in 2016. Like, a whole lot of players. PhillyVoice broke it down earlier this year:
• WR Corey Coleman
• OT Shon Coleman
• QB Cody Kessler
• WR Ricardo Louis
• S Derrick Kindred
• WR Jordan Payton
• OL Spencer Drango
• S Jabrill Peppers
• QB DeShone Kizer
• DE Chad Thomas
• CB Denzel Ward
• WR Antonio Callaway
That's a ton of players. None of them are Carson Wentz. Maybe if Jackson got his wish in 2016, he'd still be in Cleveland. Things certainly worked out for the Eagles.
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