A closer look at potential 2017 No. 1 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky and the Browns

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Browns desperately need a franchise quarterback. Still today — nearly 20-years after coming back to the NFL — the team is still searching for that person to lead the offense for years to come.

The Browns have used a lot of quarterbacks since 1999. Yet, Cleveland has a chance to put a stop to that with the potential drafting of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Former North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky attempts a pass against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes
Mitch Trubisky attempts a pass against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes (Getty Images)

While at North Carolina, he was known as Mitch Trubisky.

Cleveland thought in 1999 that they were drafting a franchise quarterback in Tim Couch. However, the Kentucky native was a dud, as he lasted just five seasons in the NFL.

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Couch went 22-37 in 59 starts. He went 1,025 of 1,714 for 11,131 yards. He threw 64 touchdown passes and had 67 interceptions.

The former Kentucky signal-caller had his best passing season in 2001 when he had a career-high 3,040 passing yards. Yet, that season, he had 17 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

Trubisky has skyrocketed up the draft board following his only starting season at North Carolina. There’s speculation that he could be a Top 3 pick even if the Browns do not draft up with the top selection.

In 2016, Trubisky — who was known as Mitch Trubisky in college — went 304 of 447 for 3,748 yards. He had 30 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

In his previous two seasons in 2014 and 2015, he went 82 of 125 for 1,104 yards. Trubisky also had 10 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

The Browns has had a revolving door at quarterback in 2016. Seven different players, including five quarterbacks, one wide receiver, and a running threw a pass for the team last season.

Robert Griffin III had the team’s lone win, according to Pro Football Reference. He was 1-4. Cody Kessler was 0-8, while Josh McCown was also 0-3 as a starter.

Terrelle Pryor — who previously was a quarterback in college and in his early days in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders — and Duke Johnson also threw at least one pass for the Browns.

Kessler went 128 of 195 for 1,380 yards. He had six touchdown passes and two interceptions. McCown also went 90 of 165 for 1,100 yards.

The veteran also had six touchdowns and six interceptions. Griffin III, the team’s other starter, also went 87 of 147 for 886 yards. He had two touchdown passes and three interceptions.

If the Browns can figure out their quarterback situation, then — and only then — the team can potentially consider being a winner for the first-time since 2007 when the team went 10-6.

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