Tyvis Powell Wants the Browns to Pass on Marcus Mariota, Draft His Son Next Year Instead

By D.J. Byrnes on April 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Tyvis Powell went to high school a mere 27 minutes from whatever they're calling Cleveland Browns Stadium these days, and he's a man with many thoughts on the local professional football club.

The Browns current QB stable contains a 33-year-old journeyman who was jettisoned by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a 22-year-old fresh out of rehab. So, it's of no surprise that Oregon's Marcus Mariota is connected to Browns draft speculation.

Today, Powell offered his latest round of advice to a team that started something called Connor Shaw at quarterback during Week 17 last year: Pass on Marcus Mariota. 

By "[his] son," I assume Tyvis Powell means Cardale Jones, OSU's bruising QB with an howitzer for an arm. (He also may have tipped his son/roommate's long-term plans.)

I asked the Browns not to draft Cardale back in January (when we thought he was going pro), because who wants to see a loved one thrown into the meat-grinder that is the Browns QB depth chart? I've since warmed on my stance — Cardale could be the hero Browns fans deserve, but only if he wants it.

The NFL Draft starts Thursday night in Chicago. The Browns could do worse than listening to Tyvis Powell.

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