The Cleveland Browns could’ve drafted Carson Wentz if they wanted to. But apparently Cleveland wasn’t interested in the North Dakota State product.
Holding the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s draft, the Browns opted to trade down, making a blockbuster deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia made the trade to get Wentz, but Browns coach Hue Jackson wasn’t as enamored with him.
“We didn’t draft Carson Wentz because we didn’t think it was the right fit for our team at this time,” Jackson told Pro Football Talk Live. “There’s nothing more to it. Obviously, that will make for great debate in the media, and that’s fine. Our singular focus right now is just preparing to face the Eagles.”
Ironically, the Browns will now get a chance to witness firsthand what they potentially missed out on when Wentz takes the field for his NFL debut against Cleveland this Sunday. Meanwhile, the Browns will be sending out embattled veteran Robert Griffin III, who might fit what Jackson is looking for and is also determined to revitalize his sunken career.
It’s uncertain which team has the brighter long-term future at the quarterback position. Conventional wisdom would say Philadelphia, but there’s no guarantee Wentz will pan out. On the flip side, Griffin’s health might always be in question after plaguing him throughout his young career, and the Browns don’t have a bonafide long-term option at the position aside from third-round pick Cody Kessler.