This offseason, teams in need of quarterbacks took the backup approach -- because that's all that was available.
The Bears signed Tampa Bay backup Mike Glennon. The 49ers signed Bears backup Brian Hoyer. The Jets went for Browns backup Josh McCown. The Texans are going with backup Tom Savage after trading former starter Brock Osweiler. Who knows what the Browns are doing.
Next year's quarterback class will almost certainly be better. Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees and Jimmy Garoppolo are among the unrestricted free agents. USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are among the top college QBs who will be draft-eligible.
Still, some teams need quarterbacks right now and are expected to draft QBs later this month. Cleveland, the New York Jets, Arizona and Houston are among the teams that could pick one in the first round from a group of four QBs: Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and DeShone Kizer. Of course, teams will be trying to find the next Dak Prescott in the middle to late rounds of the draft.
Here's how I rank the 12 teams that should draft a QB, starting with Cleveland, which needs one the most:
Round in which they should draft a QB: 1
With the Browns unable to pry Garoppolo from the Patriots, they have no choice. But they can't draft a quarterback with the first overall pick. Myles Garrett is too talented to pass up. He's one of the most freakishly talented defensive ends to come into the league.
The Browns have another pick in the first round, however, thanks to the Eagles' trade up to get Carson Wentz last year. That's where Cleveland should start thinking about its next savior. The depth chart is currently comprised of second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, along with Osweiler, who has $16 million guaranteed to him this season but could be cut soon. There's a chance no QBs will be off the board by the No. 12 pick, which would mean the Browns will have their pick from the group. Do it, Cleveland.