The Browns are as set as they could be with starters at quarterback and wide receiver, but tight end is less certain, and John Dorsey will look to the draft for substantial players at all three positions.

BEREA  John Dorsey rules out nothing in terms of what spots he might go after in the upcoming NFL Draft.

"I think we're thin at all positions," the Browns' general manager said with a playful smile Thursday in advance of next week's draft.

So, he could seek help for the passing game, even though the top of the roster is set at quarterback, wide receiver and arguably tight end.

Dorsey was asked if he has thought about "adding juice" to the big two of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry in the roles of third and fourth wideouts.

"I think (Antonio) Callaway's got some juice," Dorsey said of last year's Round 4 pick.

Callaway made 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. His future as a Brown is more secure than that of Rashard Higgins, who was a Round 5 pick in 2016.

Dorsey wouldn't go so far as to say recently acquired Garrett Gilbert has a chance to be Baker Mayfield's top backup at quarterback.

As the quarterback of the Orlando Apollos for eight games, Gilbert led the AAF in most key passing categories. He worked with former NFL quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier until the league folded.

"He has talent," Dorsey said. "He showed development and growth under Coach Spurrier. He's got some arm talent.

"Then you combine that with his relationship with our head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and there's a chance we'll see some steps there."

With veteran backup Drew Stanton signed only through 2019, it's fairly obvious Dorsey will consider drafting a QB.

He was general manager of the Chiefs the last time he drafted backup quarterbacks, Stanford's Kevin Hogan at No. 162 overall in 2016 and Georgia's Aaron Murray at No. 163 in 2014. Dorsey shrugs off the fact neither stayed in Kansas City for long.

"Hopefully, you've done enough research and educated yourself," Dorsey said. "At the end of the day, sometimes you're going to hit on those guys and sometimes you're not going to hit on those guys.

"Probably the best hit that I've been a part of late down there would have been Matt Hasselbeck, Kurt Warner, somebody like that. Those are the hits. We've also had our misses."

Dorsey was the Packers' director of college scouting in 1998 when they drafted Hasselbeck in the sixth round (No. 197 overall). He was on his way up in Green Bay's personnel department in 1994 when the Packers signed Warner as an undrafted rookie.

Dorsey's point wasn't that he saw it coming that Warner would land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or Hasselbeck would win five postseason games and start in a Super Bowl. It was that quarterbacks who drop in drafts sometimes are substantial players, and he will be looking for one next week.

Dorsey listed wideout and quarterback as positions of depth in this year's draft.

At tight end, the Browns' current top two are David Njoku, drafted late in Round 1 in 2017, and Demetrius Harris, who was undrafted by Dorsey's Chiefs in 2013 and played six years in Kansas City before signing with the Browns in March.

Seth DeValve, a Round 4 pick in 2016, and former Cleveland-area high school player Pharoah Brown (from Brush), also are on the roster.

"I like all four of them right now," Dorsey said. "They're very talented."

Njoku, still only 22, is the only one among them with a starter's profile.

"He's a very young man with a lot of talent," Dorsey said. "He's got a very workmanlike attitude, and he loves the game of football, and he still has a high ceiling here."

But you never know with Dorsey. He drafted Travis Kelce in the third round of one of his Kansas City drafts. Kelce has been a first team All-Pro two of the last three years.

 

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