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Cleveland Browns should say no to quarterbacks

Jan 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft who will the Cleveland Browns select? One thing is definitely sure, general manager Sashi Brown should say no to drafting a quarterback with the first pick.

History has shown how successful the Browns have been in selecting a quarterback in the first round of the draft. Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Manziel, are three signal-callers selected in the first round and unfortunately, none of these selections brought any stability to the position.

Missing on any draft pick can hurt your franchise but none hurts more than at the quarterback position.

Even with football being the ultimate team sport choosing the wrong guy at quarterback could potentially set a franchise back many years, even decades.

The Browns were putrid on both sides of the ball ranking 31st in points scored and 30th in points allowed. The defense lead by then defensive coordinator Ray Horton was ranked 30th in sacks and in a four-way tie ranking 23rd in interceptions.

Before you try and make a case for drafting a quarterback Cleveland’s offensive line allowed 66 sacks and 140 quarterback hits in the 2016 season. Hue Jackson played all three of his quarterbacks due to injuries.

No team can have any level of success if you can’t keep the quarterback on the field. Even though many draft analysts feel they are in need of a signal caller the numbers prove otherwise. If this organization wants to improve on their 1-15 record the trenches of this football team clearly need to be heavily addressed.

About the Author

Dujunnea Bland
Dujunnea Bland is a writer and reporter for SportsJourney covering the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. Bland was a New Orleans Saints Reporter and Content Producer for About.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NotBland21

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