Browns not swayed by Smith’s poor BCS showing

BEREA, Ohio – Browns general manager Phil Savage does not think any less of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith following his disappointing bowl game performance.

Savage, speaking Wednesday during a year-end news conference, said the Browns would weigh Smith’s play in the Buckeyes’ 41-14 loss to Florida in the BCS national championship as nothing more than one game in their evaluation of him.

“Troy had a terrific career at Ohio State. He won the Heisman Trophy. He’s from Cleveland,” Savage said. “We’ll see where the draft unfolds.”

The Browns will pick No. 3 or No. 4 in the NFL draft and do not have a clear starting quarterback heading into next season. Fans had been clamoring for the Browns to draft Smith, at least until Monday night.

Smith completed just four passes and was sacked five times in the blowout loss at the hands of the Gators.

“Those two (defensive) ends looked pretty good,” Savage said. “That’s not his job to block them.”