With the Browns getting off to a hot start in 2016, former Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShawn Watson is in line to be the third quarterback taken in the first round of the NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
He joins Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton as quarterbacks in the top five.
Watson, who is considered a top-five quarterback in the draft, has not made it into the top 25 of the mock draft, which is a good sign.
In the last two years, the Browns have gone 10-5 and made the playoffs, but their record is 1-5.
They have also gone 11-4 since the start of the 2016 season.
Watson has made two Pro Bowls and has a Super Bowl ring.
“He is going to be in the mix for the first two picks,” NFL Media’s Mike Mayock told NFL Network.
“If the Browns don’t take him first overall, they might want to wait.
They need to get a better chance at taking him, and he’s a guy that they can use as a weapon.”
The Browns have had to rely on Manziel and Wentz for starting roles, and Watson could fill that void for them.
The Browns, who will host the Eagles on Sunday, have been looking to find a backup quarterback for Manziel.
Manziel has missed the first four games because of a concussion, and Wentsh’s suspension has been hanging over him since he was taken in 2013.
Watson will have the chance to start for Cleveland this year, and Schefter believes he can have an impact in the Browns offense.
“Watson is going a long way in Cleveland, and I think it could really open things up for Cleveland,” Schefter said.
“I think he’ll be a big factor in the offense.”
Watson, 24, has a career passer rating of 71.6 and is tied for fifth in the NFL with 1,937 passing yards.
He has four touchdowns and three interceptions.
The New England Patriots selected him in the fourth round of this year’s draft.