SPORTS DAILY: Browns should draft Trubisky, who wants to play for them

12:03 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 Sports
It’s simple. The Browns need a quarterback who wants to play for them and can play. That’s why rolling the dice on North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, who hails from the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, might make sense.

Assuming his hands are big enough at the scouting combine, that he stands closer to 6-foot-3 than 6-foot-1 and that his Wonderlic score contains two numbers, the Cleveland Browns should select North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Why, other than having needed a quarterback since about 1994, should they take the Trubisky plunge?

Because the population of elite players who regard the woeful Browns as a team to be avoided at all costs seems to be multiplying.

Like Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett before him, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson this week all but publicly begged the Dallas Cowboys to trade up with the Browns and pick him No. 1 so he wouldn’t have to play in Cleveland.

They both have said they were kidding.

Right, like Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was kidding when he spoke to an elementary school class and said “ladies … (are) supposed to be silent, polite, gentle.”

If you ask me, they were all dead serious.

Trubisky, who hails from up the road in Mentor, says he would like the challenge of playing in his hometown and helping the Browns win more than a game or two one of these years.

Who knows? He could be another Brady Quinn, Charlie Frye or Brian Hoyer. But maybe the Browns will get lucky this time and stumble onto a quarterback who hails from the area, wants to play for them and who can actually play. Hey, it happened once before, although those Bernie Kosar memories are growing moldy.

Trubisky is rumored to be going No. 2 to the 49ers, another team desperate for a quarterback. If he can be taken off the board at No. 2, why can’t he go one pick earlier?

Of course, it’s a huge leap of faith drafting a quarterback that high, especially one who has appeared in 13 college games. Theoretically he wouldn’t play right away. Maybe Cody Kessler, last year’s third-round pick, hand-selected by head coach and acclaimed quarterback whisperer Hue Jackson, could hold down the fort for a while if the Robert Griffin III era is over.

But there’s little point in drafting someone, at any position, who doesn’t want to play in Cleveland.

Even if they say they’re only joking.