Although the Browns tried to avoid publicly tipping their hand about trading up to the second overall pick, they were interested: And they attempted to work a deal out with the Rams on Friday night, only to have the Redskins beat them to the punch.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that before the Redskins-Rams deal was reported, the Browns tried to make a last-minute push to acquire the Rams’ No. 2 overall pick for themselves. But the Browns weren’t able to get it done.
The fact that the Browns were in the mix indicates that they do have an interest in drafting someone to push Colt McCoy aside and become the franchise quarterback. The only question, now that we know they won’t get Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, is whether the Browns are still looking to draft a quarterback.
If they are, their focus would then be on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur talked up Tannehill recently, and if the Browns like Tannehill as much as Shurmur suggested they do, they could take him with the fourth overall pick.
The Browns may also decide to take care of the quarterback position before the draft by signing a free agent. They’re not in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but Matt Flynn is a possibility.
Or the Browns could be ready and willing to give McCoy another year. All we know for sure is they won’t be drafting Griffin, after the Redskins beat them to him.