Browns zero in on No. 1 pick, trade for veteran QB unlikely

When the Browns swung a hot-potato trade that brought quarterback Brock Osweiler, his $16 million guaranteed salary, and a second-round pick to Cleveland, the deal was characterized as the Browns essentially paying for an extra second-round selection.

The Browns' executive vice president of football operations and vice president of player personnel revealed very little about their 2017 draft intentions during a almost 30 minute press conference, however it wasn't completely devoid of useful information.

The Patriots are pretty adamant in their leaks that they're not shopping Garoppolo and perhaps the Browns have chose to move on with a rookie quarterback.

One week before the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have become the X-factor for how the first few picks may play out. Even if the 49ers make a deal, it's unlikely they will get the same haul the Browns garnered past year. We run ourselves through different scenarios. For those keeping score at home: football person Hue Jackson is on record as wanting Myles Garrett as is Williams, the Browns analytics have reportedly given Garrett an astronomical grade, and every website that favors analytics has done the same. Yet, they still want a younger option with more unrealized potential.

NY had trouble in just about every aspect of the game during the 2016 season, but one of the biggest let downs was the play of their defensive backs.

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So what's behind 49ers general manager John Lynch declaring his team is "open for business" when it comes to dealing the second overall pick? If the Browns believe Trubisky is the top quarterback and can help this team, there is no reason why the Browns shouldn't use some of the draft capital accumulated over the past year to draft him. He mentions that the current contention between the teams is that the Jets want the No. 33 pick and No. 108 pick to drop from No. 6 to No. 12, but the Browns are offering the No. 52 and No. 145 selections instead.

There has been a lot of talk the past week that the Bills have a lot of interest in North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky. "We prepare a lot". UNC QB Mitch Trubisky is the favorite as of now after a solid combine effort, but many still remember that Deshaun Watson is up for grabs.

Towards the end of the press conference, Sashi Brown was asked if the decision about who to take No.1 is easy or hard: "We feel good about where we are going to be and who we are going to pick there". Coming under the most scrutiny are the 10 teams that stand in between the Browns' picks at No. 1 and No. 12. "This is an important draft for us".

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Cleveland Browns need a franchise quarterback. We do have a pretty good sense, and it is important because we want to plan for us as we move forward.

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