The Browns drafted Baker Mayfield to kick off this year’s draft and now they’ve added another quarterback to the roster.
It’s safe to say that the expectations are quite a bit higher for the first overall pick than they are for Joel Stave, but the former Wisconsin quarterback will get a chance to show his skills to the Browns after signing with the team on Monday. Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton round out the quarterback group in Cleveland.
The Jimmy Garoppolo comparison is almost too good to pass up for an FCS technician and Senior Bowl star who also has Belichick Bait attributes (Bill Belichick’s dad coached Lauletta’s uncle at Navy), but Garoppolo had a quicker release and sharper arm, while Lauletta is more physically and mentally NFL-ready than the 49ers savior was leaving college. Lauletta’s upside may be limited by his arm strength, but he’s the kind of player who causes quarterback controversies if pressed into service as a rookie.
He’s a heck of a compromise solution as a quarterback-of-the-future prospect in the fourth round: If Lauletta is starting in five years, Dave Gettleman may be hailed as a genius. And Lauletta could well be starting in five years. Grade: A-plus.
Bertolet was signed by the Broncos after the start of free agency in March. Thomas joined the team last December as a practice squad addition.
Bertolet spent the 2016 offseason with the Rams after going undrafted out of Texas A&M. He converted all four extra points he attempted with the Rams in the preseason.
Thomas was an undrafted free agent signing out of Iowa State by the Indianapolis Colts last year. He appeared in four preseason games and recorded three tackles before being released at the end of training camp. He also spent time the with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns on their practice squads last season.
Anthony Averett is the nephew of former Vikings/Ravens left tackle and fellow South Jersey native Bryant McKinnie. Averett was a high school track star as a sprinter and long jumper, and the athleticism is evident on tape. Not much else is evident on tape, however, because the rest of the Tide defense made life easy for the cornerbacks: Averett only had to stick with his receiver for a few strides to win on most snaps, and he could count on some of the best safety support in the nation.