Walterfootball.com reports that the Browns are open to trading up from #12 overall in the first round to acquire North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky and have a willing trade partner in the New York Jets at #6 overall. You be the judge whether the Jets are being a willing accomplice to drive down the price of a division rival’s asset.
The Browns are also open to taking Clemson QB Deshaun Watson if a team like the San Francisco 49ers or Chicago Bears make a surprise selection in the first few picks. Walterfootball.com notes that the Browns are nervous that either the Jets or the Buffalo Bills could mess up their plans at quarterback, which is why Cleveland is looking to trade up in the first round.
It’s also important to factor in comments from Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown, via Cleveland.com; when asked if Cleveland was going to acquire a veteran quarterback he said, “no.” Brown left the door slightly ajar by saying the team could theoretically acquire a veteran quarterback, but that the team is not planning on adding a veteran.
The Browns are pretty much set on selecting Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett with the #1 overall pick.
The Patriots are pretty adamant in their leaks that they’re not shopping Garoppolo and perhaps the Browns have decided to move on with a rookie quarterback.