Curtis Samuel is a bit of a wildcard in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Panthers must have an idea of how to use him.
The Panthers selected Samuel Friday with the eighth pick of the second round (40th overall). Samuel was a dual threat for the Buckeyes at both running back and wide receiver. He left Ohio State after three seasons with 1,286 rushing yards and 15 scores, with a 7.5-yards-per-carry average, and 107 receptions for 1,249 yards and nine touchdowns.
We know Cleveland is looking to acquire a quarterback, but the team didn’t take one of the highly touted options with either of its two first-round picks. Instead, the Browns went defense, selecting Myles Garrett first overall, and Jabrill Peppers at No. 25.
Still, Brown says his team will look to acquire a quarterback, either in the draft, or by other means. Right now they have Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
“Listen, we need to solidify the quarterback position,” Brown said. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best. And we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.
“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. So we won’t rest until we solidify that position. But again, Brock, Cody, Kevin are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can.”
The Browns have plenty of draft picks in the coming years to package a deal together if they wanted to. Players such as the Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo or the Bengals’ A.J. McCarron could be potential targets.