Browns Reportedly Homing In On Garrett, Could Trade Back Up For Trubisky

The Cleveland Browns have the resources and the history to be the most interesting story on the opening day of the 2017 NFL Draft. They hold the first pick in the draft, as well as the 12th, and there are a number of avenues that they could take to move either up or down.

There was a report a week or two ago that there was ‘discord’ within the front office over which direction the organization should take with the first-overall pick, but vice president of football operations Sashi Brown downplayed that narrative recently with reporters while discussing the draft.

That would be false”, he said of the report, “but I’m not going to comment on every rumor that’s out there. It would take me a lot of time to do it because every day there’s a new rumor”. Considering that head coach Hue Jackson has been repeatedly talking up Myles Garrett, the fact that Brown did so as well could be evidence of that.

He described the pass rusher as a “bright young man, competitive”, saying “we spent a lot of time with him so we learned a lot about what makes him tick, what motivates him, how he spends his downtime, how he spends his time with his teammates, you can learn a lot”.

“I think whatever team gets him, particularly for us, we’d be proud to have him”, Brown concluded. Even if the Browns do end up picking with their first selection, and doing so by taking Garrett, however, which seems to be the most likely scenario, they still have the 12th pick, which is a wildcard for them.

They have shown under this and even in previous regimes that they value draft picks, so they could use that to trade down. They traded down twice in the first round and still picked 15th. They are open to doing so. But they are also open to moving up.

They haven’t been secret about the fact that they are hunting high and low for a quarterback—everybody who knows anything about the NFL is probably aware of this fact—and that hunt could take them higher than the 12th-overall pick.

The Browns have reportedly been in contact with the Jets about potentially moving up to their spot, the sixth in the first round, perhaps with a target in mind: quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Titans at five have also been vocal about the fact that they are in business to move back.

Brown talked about Trubisky as well, calling him “a positive young man, bright, very competitive and brings kind of a lunchbox, blue-collar mentality to the position”. He said that the organization as a whole was “impressed by him”.

If the Browns come out of the first round with Myles Garrett taking over one of their outside linebacker positions and Trubisky, who will eventually line up under center, even if it isn’t immediately, that would certainly look good for them on paper. And they have the resources to make it happen.

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  • tequila0341

    Was hoping the Browns would Browns it. Hoping they still do. Keep Myles Garrett out of our division, please.

  • Ryan

    Man if the Browns hit on this draft and the previous class we could be looking at an old school Browns-steelers rivalry where both teams are really good again.

  • Christopher L. Hills

    Browns have never been “really” good. Only the browns think it is a rivalry. Steelers have won over 70% of the games played between them in the modern era, including 20 seasons (45% of the modern era) where we swept the browns (while the browns have only swept the steelers 3 times during the late 80’s… when the steelers sucked).

  • Darth Blount 47

    Because I’m not sold on the QB’s in this draft, and I expect the Browns to pull that same maneuver they’ve tried before with both Brady Quinn and Johnny Manziel, I think after Night 1 of the draft, we’re going to all look over at Tennessee with envy, after they either hold steady at picks 5 and 18, or trade down from 5, gain even more picks, and then totally rule the top 40 or so picks of the draft.

    Tennessee is going to come away from this draft, likely with some really good players, to add to an already up and coming team. Cleveland, if they were wise, would pick Garrett at 1, another stud at 12, forgo their QB aspirations until the top of the 2nd, and take the best remaining QB there, which likely could be Watson or Kizer. All 4 of Trubisky, Mahomes, Kizer, and Watson COULD go top 32, but it’s looking increasingly UNLIKELY, given all of the scuttlebutt that I’ve been reading. So if you can score Deshaun Watson at 33, after getting say Garrett and another really, really, good player at 12, NOT named a QB, I’d consider that a real haul. I like Watson as much or more than I like anyone else, personally.

    But this is Cleveland we are talking about, so I expect them to botch this all somehow.

  • Brian Miller

    I hope 5 QBS go in the top 15 picks this year!! Better players for us!

  • Brian Miller

    I heard on the football couch podcast last night that several teams in the teens are wanting Obi-Wan…this makes me sad…

  • Ryan

    I know all that but what i was referring is from 82-93 we played eachother 23 times and Cleveland won 15 of those including 7 straight. With Ben maybe only having 2-3 years left unless we luck into finding another franchise QB right away if Cleveland nails these drafts right especially with all these picks they’ve got we could soon be looking at another similar stretch and even if we do find our next franchise QB and Cleveland hits on these picks you could be looking at a similar rivalry to us and the Ravens.

  • stan

    At no time did I watch Mitch Trubisky and think “there’s a first rounder”. He just happens to be the guy that most fits the bill this year.

  • Michael Conrad

    Browns could have the first 32 picks and screw it up cause they are the Browns its what they do.

  • Biggie

    Would seem smarter idea for Browns would be to take Garrett and move up from 12 to get Trubisky if they are that enamored with him over Watson, Mahomes and Kizer. I’d think at 12 they’ll have a shot at least of 2 of those three at the least. I only really see Jets and Buffalo as teams that might take QBs ahead of them. All in all being a Steelers fan I hope they blow it and move back from 1 so we don’t have to see Garrett twice a year for the next decade. I’ve watched him here at A&M last 3 years and he is a beast of a won’t miss product.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    We’ll see. Lots of rumors flying around. Someone of quality will fall to us. Always happens

  • Brian Miller

    You are right, could be balogna, but frankly I can see someone taking him top 20 easily, especially since Neal and Joseph went so high last year.

  • Matt Correll

    If they did what you are suggesting, they could have Garrett (best defensive prospect) and at 12 could possibly get OJ Howard (arguably the best offensive prospect), and then at 33 land either Watson or Kizer, they could be in great shape, and still have 8 more picks in this loaded draft…. but we are talking about the Browns… so I wouldn’t be surprised if they find a way to botch this all up.