Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts is having an impressive season and it would make a lot of sense for the Cleveland Browns to draft him in April.
The Browns aren’t giving up on quarterback Baker Mayfield just yet. However, it makes sense for the team to have a backup plan on the roster if the team does decide they need to go in a different direction.
If Mayfield does start to play better, Hurts does play a similar style to him, so it would make sense to have a quarterback who can run the same offense on head coach Freddie Kitchens’ team.
Hurts was a standout at Alabama and he probably shouldn’t have ever lost his job. If the Crimson Tide would have decided to keep him as their starting quarterback, they would probably have been in the College Football Playoff, although the Sooners might not be.
If nothing else, Hurts would be a great addition to the locker room and with all the big personalities on the team, that would be especially beneficial. TheDraftNetwork gave the following breakdown of what makes Hurts so special.
Often praised for the way he handled the closing stages of his career at Alabama. No one around the facility had a negative word to say about him and his week-to-week preparation stayed the same despite the circumstances. Amid all the speculation of his future and what he could do, he managed to stay put and execute during his opportunities on the field.
Hurts also is very comfortable playing in a running style of offense and, although he isn’t as good as Lamar Jackson with his feet, he is a threat out of the pocket on the ground.
A playing-style that revolves around him being incorporated into the designed quarterback running game of some facet, that tactic is what makes him comfortable. Average twitch, but a build up speed type of operator in space, he has a slippery nature of being able to win with his feet when breaking the pocket or during designed runs. Most of his successful runs have come while attacking the edges of the defense.
Draft experts seem to be all over the board with where Hurts is going to go, but it will probably be later than the first round. That takes some of the pressure off of him not being such a high draft pick, and could put some pressure on Mayfield to improve quickly so he doesn’t lose his job.
The Browns need to seriously consider Hurts at quarterback, especially if they can get him in the middle rounds.