The rumors has encompasses the Cleveland Browns ahead of 2017 NFL Draft that will be held next week. The Browns owns the top or the No. 1 and the No. 12 overall picks, with arguments circulating over whether the Cleveland will keep their picks for their own use or trade them up for an established quarterback.
“Could we? In theory? Yes,” the Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown told the ESPN on the topic of trading their top draft selections for a quarterback. “But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”
The comments of Cleveland Browns GM Sashi Brown on Wednesday vanishes offseason NFL trade rumors. League sources told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last month that the Browns were considering on trading the No. 1 overall selection for the New England Patriots‘ star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, while NFL insider Ian Rapoport stated in February that if the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots’ asking price for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is quite pricey that the Cleveland Browns would pursue the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. McCarron.
Both quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and A.J. McCarron are the current top backups and both are not expected to start for their respective organization in 2017 NFL regular-season unless a starter suffered an injury. McCarron has one more season remaining on his rookie contract deal.
The Cleveland Brown wouldn’t on an interview if they have already decided on whom to acquire with the top pick for next week’s draft process, but many analysts assume that the team will be landing the defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M. Another draft prospect possibility is the quarterback Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina. GM Brown noted that the franchise was “impressed” by Trubisky, who has climbed a huge number of mock draft boards.
The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season. The organization currently has quarterback Brock Osweiler on their 53-man roster after a trading with the Houston Texans, along with 23-year-old Cody Kessler and 24-year-old Kevin Hogan.
There is a chance that Osweiler could either be released or traded. GM Brown also suggested that Cleveland won’t trade down after dealing the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 NFL Draft.