Browns say they’ve known the No. 1 pick for two weeks

Getty Images

It’s the season of smokescreens and horsesh-t, so why not throw some more of it onto the pile?

Browns executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown tells Mike Silver of NFL Network that the Browns know who they’ll be taking with the No. 1 overall pick, and that they’ve known it for two weeks.

This contradicts recent reports that the Browns were still debating whether to take defensive end Myles Garrett or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the first pick, and it makes the effort by ESPN to trumpet Warren Sapp’s opinion that Garrett shouldn’t be the pick a waste of time, in hindsight.

This all assumes that Brown is telling the truth at a time when few do. The reason for something other than the truth is obvious; if the Browns keep the pick, they need to create the impression that everyone was and is on the same page, even if they recently weren’t.

Look for the Browns to conceal the identity of the pick for as long as possible, in the event that they trade the selection. If they do, and if no one knows who they wanted at No. 1, they can claim with a semi-straight face that they got at a lower spot the guy they would have taken at No. 1.

65 responses to “Browns say they’ve known the No. 1 pick for two weeks

  1. I’m sure it was mandated by Goodell to keep it a mystery to create a suspense for the Draft.

  2. Is there a chance that perhaps, maybe, they’ve just maybe, perhaps known who they’re going to pick for the last 2 weeks and they’re resolved and there isn’t some grand cynical conspiracy?

  3. DePodesta and Sashi agree that Trubisky is the best thing since Clayton Kershaw, so they’ll go with him.

  4. Garrett is fine at #1, but the reality is that it’s far more important that Cleveland secure their franchise qb than it is to draft Garrett. In the NFL, you don’t stand a chance of a deep playoff run without an elite qb -just look at the final 8 every year. If it turns out that Cleveland fails to address their problem under center, it won’t matter how good Garrett might end up being because Hugh Jackson and Sashi Brown will both be long gone.

  5. Deshaun Watson is the best player in the draft and it’s not particularly close ..the talking heads at ESPN would likely disagree, but they’ve all been fired

  6. I hope they surprise the football world when they pick Solomon Thomas. That in my opinion would be like the Clowney and Mack a couple years ago. The Texans took Clowney and have basically got nothing from him when everyone said he’s a can’t miss, while the Raiders took Mack and got a beast. Come on Cleveland, Thomas is the pick.

  7. Did any of you guys that are going for a QB even watch any of the Browns games last season? Cody Kessler is a better QB than any of the QB’s coming out this year. Draft defense early and often so teams can’t score 30 a game, and let Kessler play behind the revamped offensive line that they got in free agency. I’m sure that Gregg Williams will be able to do wonders if he just has a few more playmakers.

  8. It seems to me that the biggest gambles in the draft, historically, are QBs and pass rushers. If the top of your board is one of these, the safest thing to do is trade down. If the Browns can move down to something below #10 and pick up a 2nd and maybe more, that would be the smart thing to do, particularly since this draft has so many questionable guys in #1 to #5.

  9. There would be 0 benefit for them to say “we’ve done three months of evaluations and still have the slightest idea who we are taking.” At this point, they should know who they are taking. There is nothing new that they will learn between now and tomorrow that will influence their decision.

  10. Didn’t they trade up for Brady Quinn and Johnny Football for a second pick in the first round?
    They even drafted Brandon Weeden with a second pick in the first round from the Julio Jones trade. When the Browns gonna learn.

  11. Deshaun Watson is the best player in the draft and it’s not particularly close..

    ———————————————-

    He’s more Geno Smith than Cam Newton.

  12. They get better and better every year since they are so used to pick #1 overall year in and year out.

  13. The Browns will likely “wait as long as possible” to reveal their #1 pick that their time will expire and San Fran will be on the clock.

  14. valentino8100 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:53 PM
    In the NFL, you don’t stand a chance of a deep playoff run without an elite qb -just look at the final 8 every year.

    _________________________________________

    So then how did Houston make it to the “final 8” last year?

  15. Maybe they finalized their choice two weeks ago, but their move from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defence months ago signals that they had their sights on MG for a long time now.

  16. silk0519 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 4:28 PM

    valentino8100 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:53 PM

    In the NFL, you don’t stand a chance of a deep playoff run without an elite qb -just look at the final 8 every year.

    _________________________________________

    So then how did Houston make it to the “final 8” last year?

    ———————————————————–

    You make a great point -for the need for a franchise qb. Houston last year was the exception as opposed to the rule, largely because apart from qb, they’re built to compete right now. They too have a problem to solve, and unless they do they’ll be in the same boat this year.

  17. Why reveal it too early? You never know when some dirt may come up on the guy they are targeting. They can then pick the other guy and claim he was their guy all along.

  18. Cleveland is going to trade with Tennessee and take the NC QB. They’ll also rue the day they didn’t meet the Pats price on Garoppolo when they have to start all over AGAIN.

  19. avenger9800 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:56 PM
    I hope they surprise the football world when they pick Solomon Thomas. That in my opinion would be like the Clowney and Mack a couple years ago. The Texans took Clowney and have basically got nothing from him when everyone said he’s a can’t miss, while the Raiders took Mack and got a beast. Come on Cleveland, Thomas is the pick.
    ______________________________________________
    You didn’t watch any football last year, did you? The Texans lost a two-time defensive player of the year and hardly skipped a beat, due to Clowney’s performances.

  20. I’ll believe it when Goodell says, “Cleveland is now on the clock.” and 5 seconds later says, “And Cleveland picks …”

  21. Trubisky has a weak arm and Garrett is a mediocre hot head, just take Mixon or trade back, the Mix will give you more production than either of them

  22. Sashi is laughing at us for being so gullible and we’re laughing at him for earning the number one pick with his brilliance.

  23. Browns draft night strategery:
    1] Lock Haslam in a closet
    2] Send sashi for donuts
    3] Have depodesta check on tribe game
    4] Have Dee Haslam pick a name from her hat

  24. CLE should go the Ravens route. Build the defense until it is ridiculously good and then just field enough offense to win. Taking a QB never works for them.

  25. 2 weeks? The media has played it like they didn’t know and had a lot of in fighting trying to decide.

  26. The weakest position on the Browns besides qb is safety. In another world, Jamal Adams would be the pick. He’s a big time leader who can change the culture of a franchise and no team is in need of a culture change more than The Browns. If Cleveland was drafting to find leaders. Adams at 1 and Watson at 12 would be their picks. Garrett should be fine though at 1.

  27. There is not a QB in this draft that would or could start this year but the Browns will panic and do something stupid and draft one.
    Another wasted pick when they could have had Carson Wentz last year.

    Better QB’s next year in the draft…..so rent Cutler for a season or two and you have a top pick next year also.

  28. Jamal Adams and Deshaun Watson should be the 1st 2 picks for the Clowns as they are the 2 best players in the Draft

    Garrett and Trubisky will both be BUSTS, who the Browns are allegedly enamored with. Browns are great at a few things:

    1. Losing
    2. Drafting Busts
    3. Drafting 2 1st round busts

  29. Please take Mitchell can defense score over 20 a game for us so we can stand a chance and compete? Yess defense win championships and games 50-60% of time but offense puts folks in the seats and sells tickets

  30. Garrett is the pick.. if they are Thinking..

    Cutler would do well with Hue Jackson.. Can get him cheap.. He is better than any QB in the draft.. Look for next year’s draft.. Maybe the USC Guy..

  31. kane337 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 4:11 PM

    Didn’t they trade up for Brady Quinn and Johnny Football for a second pick in the first round?
    They even drafted Brandon Weeden with a second pick in the first round from the Julio Jones trade. When the Browns gonna learn.

    ————————————————————-

    Trading up from the top of the 2nd round to the botton of the 1st round isn’t the same as trading years worth of draft picks for a guy ala the Redskins and Rams. Basically all three were second round picks that probably wouldn’t have been there when it was time for the Browns to make their second round picks.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!