Browns HC Hue Jackson: First-Overall Pick Not Available For Trade, 12th-Overall Is (Hint, Hint)

There hasn’t been a great deal in the way of clarity this offseason when it comes to the Cleveland Browns and the quarterback position, an area of the team that basically has not been settled since before they became the Ravens. The only thing that seems to be settled is that their long-term option at the position is not on the roster—not even Brock Osweiler, whom they just traded for, along with his $16 million in guaranteed salary.

The Browns passed up the opportunity to draft Carson Wentz with the second-overall pick last season, instead heading into last season with Robert Griffin III, whom they signed in free agency to a two-year contract. He was released this offseason, along with Josh McCown, who was their primary starter the previous season.

While they did trade for Osweiler, as I have already touched on a number of times, there appears to be no intention of actually starting him at any point. The team’s owner just talked recently and openly about the possibility of trading him again, since he was only acquired as part of a deal to gain a second-round pick.

There have been widespread rumors about the possibility of trading for a quarterback that they intend to start, with a conversation that has centered primarily around Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who started two games last season before getting injured, and playing well in that time.

The Patriots are reportedly not eager to give him up by any means, and Cleveland beat writers have been provided information from sources stating that it would take a deal that includes the first-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to get it done.

According to Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson, that is not happening. Speaking to reporters yesterday at the league meetings, the second-year coach was pretty direct in answering a question about the subject of trading away their top selection. “No” was his response; “I can tell you no on that one”.

Local writers have connected Cleveland to Myles Garrett, in spite of the fact that he joked that the Cowboys should trade with the Browns to draft him. The talented edge defender is generally regarded as the top player in the draft.

Jackson didn’t rule out trading their other first-round draft pick, which is the 12th overall, in order to acquire a quarterback, however. He even used the word “hopefully” to describe potential “trading opportunities” that may arise over the next month or so.

While noting that he can’t talk about other teams’ players, Jackson did seem to allude to Garoppolo when he told reporters that “you guys know all kind of trades do happen”. He continued, “regardless of what team it is, what division it is. Normally the saying is, ‘if the price is right, people do whatever you need them to do’. So I think anything is a possibility until it’s not”.

Unless it involves the first-overall pick.

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    How nice would it be if the Steelers had the 1st and 12th picks this year?

  • T R

    yea but we would probably would not have coaches or GM cause we would fired everyone for them two picks cause of a awful 1-15 record. LOL

  • Jacob

    Do you think it would be worth it for the Steelers trade up and take the 12th pick? They really need a quality pass rusher and do not have huge glaring needs at other positions and they have an extra third-round pick

  • mem359

    Looking at a draft value chart, the 12th pick is worth about double the 30th.
    To move up would require giving up almost every other pick in this year’s draft. The draft this year is deep, so I think it would be worth it to acquire more than one pass rusher. A single 1st round pick can backfire if there is an injury, or the guy has a mental block and fails to adjust to the pro game.

  • Rocksolid20

    To get that 12th over all pick and Osweiler ( Ben;s new backup ) , I’d give our 1st (30th) over all , our 2 3rd round picks and Landry Jones .

  • Conserv_58

    I’m surprised that the browns haven’t entertained the idea of signing Tony Romo, especially since Romo is now available.

  • Conserv_58

    No way! If anything, this is an ideal situation for Colbert to trade out of the first round and aquire additional picks. Normally I would say no to the idea of trading their first round pick, but given how deep this draft is at the positions of the most need, this draft provides an excellent opportunity for them to get better now and for the future. It’s not like they would be giving up a premium spot either since they have the 30th pick.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s a great point and it does point to the fact that the draft is very much a crap shoot. The fact is players, no matter what round they were picked in, don’t come with guarantees. Kevin Colbert said as much when discussing the drafting of edge rushers.

  • mem359

    Lets suppose that LJ is worth another 3rd round pick. (Dunno.)
    You’d still need to give up the 2nd round pick on top of everything you proposed, in order to move from 30th to 12th. (Insane, but that is what the value chart suggests.) And that doesn’t include whatever Osweiler’s value is.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Cowboys want too much in return for an old fart romo

  • francesco

    I would say yes.
    Give up Steelers 1st round 2018 for Cleveland’s first round 2017.
    You can add Steelers 7th rounder of 2017 to seal the deal.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Haha, yeah.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Depends as always on the price and how much they value the player they would be targeting. I’d be stunned.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Yeah, plethora of talent to choose from.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Would love to have the 12th and 28th pick.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I wouldn’t too many good defensive players that will still be there at 30 and the 2nd rd but if they were to trade I would hope they do so next yr to position themselves to get Ben’s replacement