Originally Posted by thunderkyss
So every year there are a number of QBs who enter the NFL as "projects" Are there any out there that should be considered in addition to the 1st round QBs of this draft?
The two I'm most concerned with are Ryan Mallet & Brian Hoyer.
6'2" 215lbs Michigan State.
UDFA to New England in 2009. Signed by the Cleveland Browns He (& O'Brien) was with the Patriots from 2009-2011, spent 2012 between the Patriots & Cardinals, signed a 2 year deal with the Browns. He leap-frogged their back up QB & started 4 games. The Browns won all 4 games; Hoyer injured his ACL in the 4th.
The guaranteed portion of his contract has been paid. It would cost the Browns nothing to trade him.
Of course I'm thinking acquiring Hoyer would allow us flexibility to take a bigger chance on a QB later in the draft. At the same time, have the Browns (also without a head coach) seen enough to likely pass on a QB with the first overall pick & select Jadaveon Clowney or Anthony Barr if the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Would the presence of Hoyer & Weeden allow the Browns the freedom to move to the #1 pick to select someone other than a QB, if they felt the need exists?
Hoyer appeared to be a competent NFL QB, if nothing else you'd think he would have made a fine back-up for Tom Brady. Why did they draft Mallet in the third round, then release Hoyer a year later & how much influence did Bob O'Brien have on those decisions (he was the Patriots QB coach & OC when Mallet was drafted. He was not with the Patriots when they released Hoyer.)
Do you bother to look up any of this stuff before you post it, or watch the games? Hoyer started 3 games total, and went down in the 1st quarter of the third game on a weird slide. Saying they won even 3 games with him as the starter is misleading. They won 2 games, and they had to constantly scheme around having a below-average QB. 2 wins does not make a QB.
They used some fake FGs, fake punts and lots of play action to give Hoyer a chance. He wasn't exactly standing in the pocket and making lazer throws to receivers. Hoyer looked good early this season, but it was mostly due to Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon. He did his job in getting the ball to them, but he wasn't making any insanely good throws that would make you want to take him over Teddy, Manziel or Bortles. Now he showed some promise for sure, but he's a long way away from being a bonafide franchise QB.