With an eye towards rebuilding (again) next season, Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters Monday that Cleveland is indeed interested in drafting another quarterback despite starting 2017 second-round pick DeShone Kizer for the majority of the winless campaign.
“It’s not a good problem because that means you’re losing, but it’s a problem that in this situation, you want to have,” Jackson said about having high draft picks. “We can’t have too many good quarterbacks right now on this football team.
“We have to and we’ve said it before, use resources at that position and go get the right guy that we feel comfortable with to pair them with some of the players we have here to come up with the best quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. That is just what you do.”
The top five draft-eligible quarterbacks are UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
“This is foot…ball, if you want to see flag football then let’s take our pads off, that’ll make it easier for me cause then I don’t have to wear heavy s—,” he said. “But then give me flags for us to pull off because then I know what we’re playing.”
Mitchell has been fined several times for hits in his career, but the source of his anger stems from the fines and suspensions from Monday night’s matchup with the Bengals. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended for his hit on Vontaze Burfict, and Bengals safety George Iloka was fined for his hit on Antonio Brown.
But the suspension for Smith-Schuster’s play has been widely criticized. Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday the suspension was not fair because it equated what the rookie receiver did to what Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did Sunday. Both are suspended for this week’s games, but Gronkowski’s hit came after the whistle while Smith-Schuster’s was on a football play.