#1....Marcus Mariota....possibly the most polarizing player the Oregon Ducks have ever had, and if drafted by the Browns, he will bring with him a huge amount of interest from those whop want to follow him to the next level. As much as Manzielmania struck the nation last year, locally I would think that amount of interest may come to the Browns locally here in Portland and impact the growth of our club.
#2....Sean Mannion...I doubt the Oregon State intrigue will be anywhere near the level Mariota would bring, but with a difference of offense they run, Mannion may have a chance of starting sooner than Mariota. Mannion is a pocket passer with a more pro style offense and a few Oregon State QBs are currently in the NFL.
#3....Garret Grayson....the wild card....played his high school football at Heritage High School in Vancouver Washington, and then his college football at Colorado State. Grayson maybe brings the most local interest, simply because he lives in Vancouver. Below is his wiki page:
Grayson attended Heritage High School in Vancouver, WA where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track. In football, he was a three-year starting quarterback and three-year letter winner, also played free safety, cornerback and wide receiver, and served two seasons as a team captain. He guided the Timberwolves to three straight Class 4A playoff berths and a GSHL championship in 2008. He broke most of Washington's Class 4A state passing records, and had the nation's highest completion percentage as a senior (73.2 percent), topping over 10,000 yards in total offense during his career. He garnered consecutive Greater St. Helens League MVP honors, in 2008 and 2009. Also a standout track & field athlete, Grayson lettered all four years competing in sprinting, hurdling, jumping and relays events. He won district titles in both the 110 hurdles (15.20 s) and 300 hurdles (40.57 s) in 2008 and 2009. In sprints, he ran the 100-meter dash in 11.03 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.00 seconds. In addition, he also clocked a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 290 pounds, squatted 430 and had a 38-inch vertical jump.
Recruiting Grayson was ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and the 22nd best dual-threat quarterback in his class. He was ranked the No. 17 overall prospect from the state of Washington. He chose Colorado State over scholarship offers from Miami (OH), Eastern Washington and Idaho State.
College careerAs a true freshman at Colorado State University in 2011, Grayson started three of four games he played in. He completed 43 of his 77 pass attempts for 542 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions. Grayson entered his sophomore season in 2012 as the starter until he was injured in the teams fifth game against Air Force. He appeared in only one game as a backup after that. Overall he appeared in six games, going 78 of 138 for 946 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Grayson started all 14 games as a junior in 2013. He finished the year with a school record 3,696 passing yards. He also had 23 touchdowns. Grayson returned as a starter in 2014. In the game against Utah State, Grayson passed Kelly Stouffer to become Colorado State's all-time leading passing yards leader.
So, is there a possibility of one of these three guys being drafted by us? I'd say 30-40% of a chance one of these guys plays for the Browns. What it means to the club? Some bandwagon fans will jump on board, which is not something we saw until Johnny Manziel got drafted. But it is something some of the more staunch supporters have shown a concern over. That said, it would lead to growth of our turnouts, and afterall....the more the merrier may be a better way to look at it.
If any of the members have any thoughts, concerns or suggestions, please bring them up on draft day at the Blitz Ladd, and we'll gladly take your concerns into consideration, and ALL suggestions will be looked at.
Soon to follow will be some key Draft Info on specific players and positions the Browns may (or should be) targeting.