Jason La Canfora, citing numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, reports that several of the scouts and evaluators fired by the Browns prior to this year’s NFL Draft actually preferred Carson Wentz to Jared Goff and considered him to be the better pro prospect.
However, La Canfora says that the new regime including Paul DePodesta “strongly preferred” Goff. Browns HC Hue Jackson and OC Pep Hamilton also believed Goff was the better quarterback and that clear to the organization.
La Canfora mentions that the Browns’ timing in releasing their scouts is curious and it raised eyebrows and has since generated some chatter, considering that the Browns elected to pass on Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, and instead trade the selection to the Eagles for a package of draft picks.
DePodesta mentioned previously that they did not have Wentz as a top-20 quarterback, which stands out after Wentz put together an impressive debut.
Meanwhile. the Browns lost QB Robert Griffin III for most, if not all, of the 2016 season, due to a shoulder injury.
Cleveland could very well get another shot at taking a quarterback at the top of next year’s draft, depending on how things go with Josh McCown at the helm.