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Browns possibly begin to lay foundation for trading down

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By all appearances, Myles Garrett doesn’t have to worry about the Browns passing over him with the first pick in the draft. He should instead worry (some would say “hope”) that the Browns trade the pick to a better team, with the better team taking Garrett.

A trade down would fit with Cleveland’s current obsession to have as many baskets as possible for carrying their eggs. And the best play would entail trading down and claiming that the guy they select at a lower spot is the guy they would have taken all along.

Which is perhaps the only way to explain the claim from Jason La Canfora of CBS that running back Leonard Fournette is “in play” for the No. 1 overall pick. Surely, he’s not. But he’s perhaps in play to be picked at a lower spot by the Browns, who would then be able to credibly claim they would have taken him at No. 1 if they trade down and draft him later.

For that reason alone, the Browns should say nothing about what they plan to do with the No. 1 pick until they do it. A trade down would be perceived by fans and media as a coup if the Browns can credibly take the position that whoever they’d get later is the guy they wanted right out of the gates.

So Fournette is in play. As is pretty much any of the guys who will be taken in the top 10, in the event the Browns trade down but stay in the top 10.

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40 Responses to “Browns possibly begin to lay foundation for trading down”
  1. therealraider says: Apr 10, 2017 11:45 AM

    No matter what the Browns do it will backfire. God hates the Browns.

  2. sportoficionado says: Apr 10, 2017 11:47 AM

    I know this is just conjecture and may never happen but if the browns were to trade down and not utilize their high picks then they have to be the dumbest front office–with 13 total picks (of which 4 are in the top 52 picks), they have a real opportunity to totally change the outlook of their roster.

  3. thingamajig says: Apr 10, 2017 11:47 AM

    The Brown’s need to pick a first round running back from this draft like they need a hole in their head.

  4. Kingmj4891 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:49 AM

    The Browns should just sign Garret to his contract today and get him in the building now.

  5. commdawg says: Apr 10, 2017 11:51 AM

    At some point the Browns don’t need MORE football players, they need BETTER ones.

  6. TheDPR says: Apr 10, 2017 11:53 AM

    Running back? Do the Browns even know their own team?

  7. teal379 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:56 AM

    Someone needs to let CLE know that this isn’t the NCAA – you can only have so many guys so eventually having more picks than roster spots does you no good.

    Improve the 53, don’t try making 93 the new roster size.

  8. jimmysee says: Apr 10, 2017 11:57 AM

    Trading down is always a good move for the team — less so for the obsessive fans.

  9. lildeucedeuce says: Apr 10, 2017 11:57 AM

    If the Browns don’t take Myles, they are colossally stupid. (Unless they know something we don’t)

  10. dtm1088 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:58 AM

    Makes sense. Next year is the QB draft. Make sure you can have all the assets possible next year to get the QB you want. Besides that the draft is a giant guessing game. The team with the most guesses generally will have the best draft. It’d be smart to accumulate as many guesses as you can.

  11. sportsiknow says: Apr 10, 2017 12:00 PM

    I am at least please that no one in the media have a clue about what the browns are doing . Because no one in the media knows what they are talking about.

  12. pastabelly says: Apr 10, 2017 12:13 PM

    The Browns will deserve whatever bad comes out of this if they draft Fournette and pass on Garrett.

  13. kcflake says: Apr 10, 2017 12:14 PM

    Would it surprise anyone if New England traded up and took Myles Garrett?

  14. metalup666 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:16 PM

    I think Myles would be a good pick up for the Browns, but if they get a good deal like swapping first round picks with whomever and also get another 2nd, they would be fools to pass that up. There are a lot of good pass rushers in the draft.

  15. connfyoozed says: Apr 10, 2017 12:19 PM

    Trade up, trade down, trade sideways… it doesn’t matter if they don’t establish a long-term plan and STICK TO IT for a change. Hire some smart people to make decisions, let them do their jobs, and give them enough time to make a plan and execute it. That hasn’t been done in Cleveland in 20 years or more.

  16. superpunky5 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:22 PM

    Browns just pick the man and dont over think it

  17. abninf says: Apr 10, 2017 12:26 PM

    sportoficionado says:

    I know this is just conjecture and may never happen but if the browns were to trade down and not utilize their high picks then they have to be the dumbest front office–with 13 total picks (of which 4 are in the top 52 picks), they have a real opportunity to totally change the outlook of their roster.
    ================================

    Because using high picks always worked out for them before. Right?

  18. ak185 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:29 PM

    Please, please don’t banish Leonard Fournette to the Browns. I want to watch him play somewhere for a at least two seasons.

  19. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 10, 2017 12:29 PM

    Jamal Adams should be the pick. Garrett is a dog w fleas, and Fournette like Garrett disappeared in big games

  20. tndiver says: Apr 10, 2017 12:42 PM

    As a Brown’s fan, I hope they do trade down. Garrett disappeared in big games and that scares me. I actually like DT Allen from Bama more and would prefer him with the number 1 pick.

  21. fatguystrangler says: Apr 10, 2017 12:44 PM

    “Things worked out well when the Browns took me high in the draft. Why think twice about taking another running back this highly?”

    – T. Richardson

  22. dwatkins69 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    Jason La Canfora. That is all you need to know about this story.

  23. yousoldout714 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:46 PM

    Jonah Hill loves trading draft picks

  24. root4cleveland says: Apr 10, 2017 1:06 PM

    Trent Richardson was ranked higher in pre-draft metrics than Myles Garrett is this year. It’s easy to forget in the midst of the pre-draft broohaha that every single one of the players drafted will by definition be a “top 2%” collegiate football athlete.

    I’d rather take two shots than one any day when selecting from such an prestigous pool.

    I’d especially rather select both 9 and 10 overall, e.g. than No. 1 overall. Or No. 7 this year (e.g) with an additional first round pick next year.

    It’s just the smart thing.

  25. oldassgoat says: Apr 10, 2017 1:06 PM

    Silly Sason has commenced. Smoke and mirrors, right up until the pick…….

  26. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Apr 10, 2017 1:06 PM

    lildeucedeuce says:
    Apr 10, 2017 11:57 AM
    If the Browns don’t take Myles, they are colossally stupid. (Unless they know something we don’t)
    ———–
    When have the Browns EVER known something that the rest of the league hasn’t??….. so the Browns being colossally stupid is the safe bet.

  27. heymister24 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:34 PM

    Fornette went from 240# to 228# in a matter of days. By the time the draft starts, he will be touching 160#.

  28. mlhigh says: Apr 10, 2017 1:34 PM

    The Browns will take whatever the office dart board tells them to take and they will like it!

  29. bzingha says: Apr 10, 2017 1:36 PM

    If the Browns got all 32 picks in the 1st round they would still find a way to screw it up.

  30. brownoholic says: Apr 10, 2017 1:52 PM

    If they trade down, stay in the top 10, and take a RB, that might what finally gets me to end this sickness.

    Now if they took Adams, Hooker, Thomas, Barnett, among others, I will not have a problem with it whatsoever.

  31. mayfieldroadboy says: Apr 10, 2017 1:54 PM

    I think the Browns will make a trade. If they do not trade a #2 this year and another #2 next year for Garoppolo, they will keep the #1 pick and trade the #12 pick and a #2 pick and move up and grab both Garrett and Trubisky.

  32. jonwill57 says: Apr 10, 2017 2:11 PM

    Hold up…I’m spotting a trend. Didn’t some other A&M player make a ridiculous pre-draft statement…something like…let’s wreck this league? I’d be nervous…

  33. 2mccloud says: Apr 10, 2017 3:18 PM

    I think Leonard Fournette’s agent is behind this rumor, aided and encouraged by J La CanF.

  34. logicaldawg says: Apr 10, 2017 3:27 PM

    God doesn’t hate the Browns, but La Canfora does…

  35. dukeblue12 says: Apr 10, 2017 3:51 PM

    1) Disregard anything LaCanfora writes on the Browns, he hates and loves to smear them (not that it’s difficult)

    2) There’s this notion that Trent Richardson was a bust for the Browns; he wasn’t. He had a great rookie year (1,300 all-purpose yds, 11 TDs) and was traded 3 games into his 2nd season. After that, he fell off hard but was just fine in CLE

    3) Don’t buy into the silly season hype, just wait til the draft and see what happens. I’d be shocked if Cleveland passed on Garrett but we’ll see soon enough

  36. LakefrontLegend says: Apr 10, 2017 4:05 PM

    root4cleveland says:
    Apr 10, 2017 1:06 PM

    I’d rather take two shots than one any day when selecting from such an prestigious pool

    I’d especially rather select both 9 and 10 overall, e.g. than No. 1 overall. Or No. 7 this year (e.g) with an additional first round pick next year.
    —–
    Uhhh, the Browns also have pick #12. I’d rather pick at 1 and 12 then at 9 and 10.

  37. bobsacamano2 says: Apr 11, 2017 6:12 AM

    This front office is definitely good at one thing: keeping everyone outside in the dark. Hack journalists like La Canfora jump to the idea that the office itself is in the dark. Really creative writing folks.

    These hacks are just bitter that they don’t have any real intel. Stick to The Beltway, Jason, you are a Ravens, Redskins, and liberal mouthpiece.

  38. mrmrsdailey says: Apr 11, 2017 9:39 AM

    It is rather humorous to read the guesses and suppositions and a few insults from the amateur draftniks on this board.
    Have the braintrusts that run the Eagles, Giants,Vikings, Lions,Saints,Bengals,Cowboys, Raiders, 49ers and several other teams had great success in the last year or so? I dont think so…so allow the new leaders of the Browns have this second draft to prove their abilities.
    If given the chance to trade away the #1 pick to receive the 9th and 10th picks I would do it. Having picks #s 9,10,and 12 would do more than a MG led defense.

  39. mustangbryk says: Apr 11, 2017 2:00 PM

    Honestly in this draft any of the top 15 players look like they can be studs in the NFL. Even if the browns traded back to lets say 5 and get 5th pick and a 1st next year from a bad team that probably is still gonna stink its a huge win.

  40. gbfranz says: Apr 11, 2017 9:19 PM

    Conspiracy theory::
    The Browns front office has been put in place by the other teams in their div., set up to once again fail……..La Canfora’s next news flash…

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