With the April NFL draft approaching, the Cleveland Browns front office has given QB Colt McCoy a vote of confidence, kinda, sort of. Browns coach Pat Shurmur says they are "moving forward" with Colt as their QB.
Browns GM Tom Heckert states they won't trade up from their #4 spot in the draft and that "they are fine" with Colt as their QB.
Meanwhile cbssports.com columnists Clark Judge suggests, why not get Colt some offensive help.
Currently the Browns hold the #4, #22 and #27 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Heckert says the Browns will not trade up and could move down, if only a few spots to #8. He also says that Cleveland is concentrating on five potential players for their first selection: Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and USC tackle Matt Kalil.
The Browns have said that they plan to use at least two of their three top picks on offensive players. McCoy ranked 27th among NFL quarterbacks last year, but the Browns top running back ranked #36 and their receiving corp led the league in drops.
Shurmer reiterated that this is a big off season for Colt.
"When we line up and do things, Colt McCoy will get the first snaps," said Shurmur. I wouldn't say much more than that."
He said his commitment to McCoy is to "do everything I can to get him better in the off-season so he can perform at a high level. I really believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league. I want to see him have an off-season. I want to see him be able to execute with some detailed knowledge of what we're doing. It takes a while for a guy to learn how to play quarterback in this league, even if they've been very successful at the college level.