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Put QB Mitch Trubisky in the back of your mind for 2017 NFL draft

BEREA, Ohio -- The midpoint of the NFL season is way too early to talk NFL draft -- except when a team has little hope for the season and has a high chance to earn the first pick in the upcoming draft.

Which is true of the 2016 Cleveland Browns.

So we'll start talking draft -- in a cursory way.

For now, remember the name Mitch Trubisky. He's the quarterback at North Carolina and grew up in Mentor, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. With no defined quarterback at the top of the draft list, Trubisky has emerged with his play. He's big -- 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds -- and accurate. He can stand in the pocket and make a throw and can move as well.

Trubisky is completing 71 percent of his passes (which includes a 13-for-33 game played in a hurricane) and has 18 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns.

The negative: He only has eight college starts.

But even Mel Kiper recently recognized Trubisky, moving him into the top spot in his 2017 draft quarterback rankings ahead of Deshaun Watson. If that seems silly or improbable, consider that Bleacher Report has Trubisky going third overall to the Bears in its most recent mock draft.

Here's a rundown in candidates for the Browns:

  1. Trubisky -- There's no reason to ignore the quarterback considered the best and most pro-ready. Trubisky is third in the nation in completion percentage and 11th in college passer rating.

  2. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M -- The choice if the Browns decide to bring back Robert Griffin III (ugh) or go with Cody Kessler for another season (hmm). Garrett, the draft's best pass rusher, missed the last game with an ankle injury.

  3. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame -- He can come back to college if he chooses. Kizer is a big, strong guy at 6-4 and 230 pounds but has thrown three interceptions the last three games.

  4. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson -- Talented guy but pretty lean for the NFL. Has 22 passing touchdowns playing in a read-option system.

  5. Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama -- Would upgrade a defense that needs upgrading. ProFootballFocus reports he has 34 pressures to go with his six sacks.

Halfway through the season, the Browns, 49ers and Bears have the top three picks. All need quarterbacks. So it's very possible quarterbacks could go 1-2-3 in 2017 after QBs went 1-2 in 2016.