Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On the spot: Browns QB Colt McCoy
By Jamison Hensley
This is the final part of our series in which we feature one player from each AFC North team who is "On the spot" leading up to the NFL draft. That's a player who is holding a starting job now, but could lose it depending on how his team drafts.
Colt McCoy, Browns quarterback
Offseason recap: The Browns made it known that McCoy wasn't the top choice to be the starting quarterback this season. Team president Mike Holmgren said the Browns aggressively tried to trade up in the draft to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Head coach Pat Shurmur hasn't formally named McCoy the starter for 2012, but he indicated that McCoy will take the first snaps when the offense lines up this offseason.
NFL résumé: McCoy was a third-round pick in 2010 by the Cleveland Browns. In his first full season as a starter, McCoy ranked 26th in completion percentage (57.2), 25th in passing yards per game (210.2), 32nd in yards per attempt (5.9), 25th in passer rating (74.6) and 25th in QBR (39.8).
Analysis from Matt Williamson, of Scouts Inc.: If it were me, I would take running back Trent Richardson at No. 4. He is just too good of a football player to pass up. But I wouldn't kill the Browns for grabbing Ryan Tannehill, whom I see as a potential franchise quarterback. McCoy is not a potential franchise quarterback, and franchise quarterbacks make the NFL go round.
Potential draft replacement: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M and Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Recent "On the spot" blogs: Bengals safety Taylor Mays on Thursday, Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger on Friday and Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis on Tuesday.