TAMPA, Fla. -- It's been less than a week since the Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of Hue Jackson, but the new head coach is already talking about a draft that is more than 100 days from solving the team's most glaring need.
That the Browns would take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft would not be surprising; NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks both have Cleveland taking one in their first 2016 mock drafts that will be published Monday (that's called a tease).
What is a bit surprising, however, is Jackson being so candid about the Browns' draft plans in just his first week on the job. The draft process for most team general managers and coaches starts this coming week at the East-West Shrine Game practices.
Unless the Tennessee Titans, who took Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, trade the top pick this year, the Browns should have their choice of quarterbacks. Among the names likely to be tossed around most in the Browns' war room (at least as it looks 100-plus days out) include Cal's Jared Goff, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and possibly Paxton Lynch of Memphis.
While none are in the Andrew Luck category, all would seem to be an upgrade from every quarterback Jackson currently has on his roster, including Johnny Manziel. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jackson wants to move on from Manziel, but Jackson has insisted since his hire that he wants to evaluate Manziel before any decisions are made.