Over the last three days, no team drafted more players than the Browns, whose 12-pick haul in the 2015 NFL draft was the club’s most since 2000. They opted for seven defensive players and five on offense — RB, two TEs, WR, OL.
No problem for Mike Pettine.
“I don’t think we can emphasize it enough that we’re going to build a football team,” Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’re not going to over-prioritize the quarterback position.”
On Saturday, the draft’s final day, Cleveland wanted to move up in the fourth round, attempting to strike a deal with the Jaguars. It wasn’t to be, as Jacksonville swapped picks with the Jets, who selected Baylor signal-caller Bryce Petty at No. 103 overall.
Pettine admitted the team tried to trade up, but said they weren’t targeting Petty. General manager Ray Farmer intimated as much, too.
“We had him slated at a certain spot and that wasn’t our place where we wanted to make that move,” Browns general Farmer said of Petty. “The inference came because the team that actually ended up taking the player thought we were going to take their player.”
The quarterback-starved Browns, who possessed two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 19 overall), were heavily linked to Marcus Mariota during the pre-draft process. They reportedly offered those picks to the Titans, but nothing never materialized
Tennessee, standing pat at No. 2 overall, took Mariota to be their QB of the future. The Browns, meanwhile, are left with the likes of Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and Thad Lewis atop their depth chart.
The most important position in sports is just another ordinary cog in the machine to the Browns. Until that philosophy changes, they’ll keep adding to the most depressing list in the annals of NFL history.