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Browns move back up, take Justin Gilbert eighth overall

Justin Gilbert AP

The Browns created a bit of excitement when they traded down to the ninth pick as the Bills moved up to get Sammy Watkins.

They created some more when they moved from No. 9 to No. 8 in a trade with the Vikings, triggering many thoughts that quarterback Johnny Manziel’s wait for a team had come to an end.┬áJohnny Football’s wait continues, however.

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer chose Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert with the eighth pick, leading to boos from the crowd at Radio City. Coach Mike Pettine probably had a different reaction about adding a promising corner to play across from Joe Haden on their defense who is also a dangerous return man, although the coaches are going to have to work on Gilbert’s tackling.

Moving back up cost the Browns a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, far less than they received from Buffalo in their earlier trade and leaving them with a lot of ammunition to make further moves over the next few hours if they so desire.

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22 Responses to “Browns move back up, take Justin Gilbert eighth overall”
  1. kwjsb says: May 8, 2014 9:13 PM

    Why trade up, not sure this guy was on the Vikings mind at all?

  2. mysticbrownie says: May 8, 2014 9:13 PM

    Great move….Haden and Gilbert teamed with whitner…nice…

  3. f1restarter says: May 8, 2014 9:13 PM

    The Browns, being the Browns. Nothing to see here.

  4. lanman11 says: May 8, 2014 9:13 PM

    Wow. Browns fans were right. They DID find a way to screw this up. They traded extra picks AND they picked the wrong guy. So Lombardi wasn’t the problem eh?

  5. wwwmattcom says: May 8, 2014 9:14 PM

    Pettine is letting g the bowny way rub off on him

  6. allidoiswin55 says: May 8, 2014 9:15 PM

    Stupid pick he’s a poor tackler and not very tough overall . Is a ball hawk but seems sort if skinny . Best of luck to the kid should have taken Johnny football their .

  7. fatguystrangler says: May 8, 2014 9:15 PM

    Gruden may have had a slight heart attack with Manziel not being picked here.

  8. bengalskuta82 says: May 8, 2014 9:16 PM

    Johnny Menz’s ego is getting hurt slowly

  9. jetsfaninindy says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    And the Browns traded a 5th for what reason?

  10. arnoldziffel says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    Ignore Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack plus toss in a 5th rounder for Gilbert?

    Hmmm ….

  11. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    Cleveland, we try not to laugh at you, but you never stop giving us reasons.

  12. daburgher says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    as a steelers fan i was really hoping they would pull the trigger on manziel… good pick brownies…

  13. baltimorons says: May 8, 2014 9:20 PM

    They could have dropped back 7 spots and still got this guy or another cb that’s just as good. What a loser franchise.

  14. timmons94 says: May 8, 2014 9:26 PM

    Haden can’t cover anyone. Gilbert can’t tackle. Move along. Still a 11 loss team

  15. gomybirdsgo says: May 8, 2014 9:32 PM

    Wow, I really think the browns have done pretty well so far. The browns have got IMO the top corner in the draft and another number 1 next year. I think they are in really good position to nab the best qb in the draft in Derek Carr. I don’t understand the 5th unless the Vikings had another deal with a team that might have taken Gilbert like the lions

  16. jerruhjones says: May 8, 2014 9:32 PM

    Hate on haters.

    Go Browns!!!

  17. aldavis4president says: May 8, 2014 9:35 PM

    Every team has their press guy (Hayden) and their cover guys (Gilbert) I like the pick, just don’t understand why they gave up the 5th, unless they knew the vikes would take him. Gilbert Hayden whither, not bad.

  18. stoicpaisano says: May 8, 2014 10:03 PM

    Like Fuller more if just looking at defense, but Gilbert and Travis Benjamin could be a nice duo on kickoffs right away. At the very least, Gilbert comes in the nickel package.

  19. artworkworld says: May 8, 2014 10:17 PM

    This pick seems fine, but the trade seems stupid. Perhaps something will come out after the draft that explains it, there is no way that the Vikings wanted Gilbert, or they wouldn’t have made the trade, so what was the point of the trade?

  20. boisedawg says: May 8, 2014 10:24 PM

    Keep on hating, go Browns!

  21. jdk123 says: May 9, 2014 1:05 AM

    The point of the trade was that another team was ready to trade with the Vikings. If Browns had not made the deal the other team would have leap frogged them for Gilbert.

  22. mustangbryk says: May 9, 2014 9:04 AM

    Brilliant move. Farmer is a genious. We fleeced the bills for next years 1st and 5th and got the guy they wanted the whole time. Let hope the lowly bills continue to stink and we might end up with a top 10 pick just for moving back 5 spots LOL

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