Jury still out on Colt McCoy

As the Cleveland Browns prepare to face the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, the talk of the long-term success or lack thereof for Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is one of the pre-game topics of conversation.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer spoke to NFL Draft analyst and tonight's color man on the broadcast, Mike Mayock, about McCoy, who gave the former Texas quarterback a little bit of a pass.

Why? Because Mayock says the Browns have not surrounded McCoy with enough weapons in the receiving game to know whether or not he can become an elite quarterback. Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs have all been injured and/or inconsistent as receivers this season.

While Mayock's assessment has some truth, the case can also be made that a true playmaking quarterback elevates the skills of the weapons at his disposal. Other than Randy Moss, how many elite receivers has Tom Brady played with in his career? Wes Welker puts up elite numbers, but he was hardly an elite receiver in San Diego or Miami before he paired with Brady.

Yes, Peyton Manning had Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison, but he also got plenty of mileage out of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. Drew Brees' stable of receivers in New Orleans is solid, but no one stands out as truly elite. Aaron Rodgers' receivers are very good, but none of them are considered in the Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald realm either when the discussion of great receivers comes up.

So, the jury remains out on McCoy and just how far the Browns can go with him. It's a question that might not be settled until next April when Cleveland could be tempted to look at quarterbacks again in the 2012 draft.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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