Cleveland Browns targeting Connor Cook in 2016 draft?

The Cleveland Browns will enter the 2015-16 NFL season with Josh McCown under center and Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings. However, a recent report indicates the team may be looking ahead to next year’s draft for their quarterback of the future.

According to a report from CBS Sports, the Browns have reached out to someone very close to Michigan State senior quarterback Connor Cook.

Cook’s coach at Walsh Jesuit High School, Gerry Rardin, said that he received a visit from the Browns brass over the summer as they begin their early 2016 NFL Draft scouting preparations.

“They feel like Connor is going to be one of the more important guys in the draft, for sure,” Rardin said.

Of course, reaching out to Rardin doesn’t mean the Browns are set on Cook because there are a number of things that could change over the course of the next year.

It simply means Cook is on Cleveland’s radar and he is a player they will be watching closely.

Many draft analysts believe that Cook is a first-round talent and that he will be one of the most highly-sought after signal-callers in the upcoming draft class. However, there is plenty of talent at the position so the 2015 college football season will have a major impact on where all of the prospects fall.

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