The fact that Browns G.M. Tom Heckert has openly talked about openly talking with the Rams about a move up for the first pick in the 2010 draft likely means that a trade never will happen.
But let’s rewind to our item from April 11, which was based on an article from Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, which was based on the comments from Browns president Mike Holmgren regarding his reluctance to trade multiple picks for Donovan McNabb.
“The only way I was going to take all those early draft picks in rounds
1, 2 and 3 and use them would be for a young draft choice that I thought
could be the quarterback for the next 15 years,” Holmgren said.
Given the outdated draft trade chart, “all those early draft picks in rounds 1, 2 and 3” (i.e., No. 7, No. 38, No. 71, No. 85, and No. 92), would put the Browns somewhere between the second and third picks in the draft.
If the Rams really want out of the top spot — and if they have doubts about quarterback Sam Bradford (more on that later tonight) — they could do that deal, slide down to number 7, take Jimmy Clausen at a much lower price tag, and pick up three more picks.