Browns move back up, take Justin Gilbert eighth overall


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. Johnny 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.