TORONTO - Matt Flynn or RG3?
The Browns have the fourth pick in April’s NFL draft, and many fans and experts believe Cleveland should either vigorously pursue soon-to-be free agent Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, or trade up to No. 2 to take Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. Griffin is unlikely to be available two picks later.
NFL draft guru Mike Mayock held court about the coming draft class for two hours Wednesday on a conference call with NFL writers, and he called the Browns’ dilemma “intriguing” should they decide that Colt McCoy isn’t their long-term answer at QB.
Flynn set single-game Green Bay passing records (480 yards, six TDs) on Jan. 1 against the Detroit Lions, as Aaron Rodgers sat out. Mayock urged caution in assessing the 26-year-old Flynn.
“When you look at the history of quarterbacks who’ve been backup guys that played a few games then moved on and made a lot of money ... there are some mixed results there,” Mayock said.
“The league has a minimal amount of tape on Matt Flynn. The league didn’t think that highly of him when he came out of college. So what is the answer? Is he the guy that ... lit it up and has been phenomenal? Or is it the residue of wonderful wide receivers in a high-functioning offence, where he’s just one more component in there? My question would be, over a period of time — eight, 10, 12, 14 games when the league has a chance to get tape on Matt Flynn — at that point, how effective is he?”
Then there’s Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner, whom Mayock called “one of the most gifted kids in the last several years” coming out of college.
“Is there some downside to Robert Griffin? Yes there is. However, you probably have the opportunity to move up in the draft to get him (if you’re Cleveland). To me, that’s a pretty exciting proposition to build your young franchise around maybe the most exciting young player in this year’s draft.
“There’s risk involved on both sides. I think as an organization, you say to yourself, what do you want to be? With Flynn, you’re probably saying, ‘We think we know what you’re getting there — a more conventional style of attack — versus, with Griffin, grab a hold of the seat of your pants, and we’re going for a ride.’ And it might be really special. On the other hand, it might not.”
LUCK A LOCK TO INDY?
Yeah, Luck’s a lock to Indianapolis, it appears.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks on Tuesday to explain his latest stance on the
Peyton Manning soap opera, Colts owner Jim Irsay made reference several times to Andrew Luck by name.
It’s widely believed the Colts will select the Stanford prodigy with the No. 1 overall selection in April’s draft.
But Irsay seems to have confirmed that speculation, telling Banks, “If (Peyton’s) healthy, he’d handle 2012 better than Andrew could.”
Not that Luck wants to read that.