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Browns QB Tracker: Jared Goff holds slim lead over Carson Wentz

Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.

The Browns’ eternal quest to find a franchise quarterback has been handed over to their new management group of Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations; Paul DePodesta, chief strategy officer; Andrew Berry, vice president of player personnel; and coach Hue Jackson.

Which quarterback these men choose in the April 28 NFL draft will set the immediate course of the franchise’s future.

Each week up until the draft we will measure the frontrunners to become the team’s 25th quarterback to start a game since the 1999 season.

The ESPN Cleveland Quarterback Tracker will assign point totals to each likely candidate out of total of 100 points.

1. Jared Goff, California …………………………………………… 34 points.

He has two significant connections to the Browns – Jackson, a native of Los Angeles, coached at California in 1996, and Pep Hamilton, associate head coach/offense, recruited Goff while an assistant at Stanford University.

2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State ……………………… 32 points.

Perceived to score highest with the analytics crew because of better measurables and a “higher ceiling,” he is the consensus pick in most mock drafts.

3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis ………………………………………. 14 points.

If the Browns are successful in trading for Colin Kaepernick, this towering developmental prospect could be the target with the 32nd overall pick.

4. Connor Cook, Michigan State ………………………………. 10 points.

Considered the most “pro ready” because he started three years in the Spartans’ pro-style offense, this Hinckley, Ohio, native is determined to allay concerns about his leadership ability.

5. Cardale Jones, Ohio State ……………………………………. 8 points.

Big-boned and big-armed, the Cleveland native responded from a pulled hamstring at the NFL Combine with an impressive throwing exhibition at the OSU pro day.

6. Kevin Hogan, Stanford ……………………………………… 2 points.

Well-versed in Stanford’s pro scheme, his longish delivery, unimpressive arm and seeming lack of mobility drops him into the middle rounds. But Hamilton, for one, knows him as a winner and smart manager of the game.