Browns at No. 26 can be “very flexible,” with one caveat

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The Browns will pick near the bottom of round one for the first time in a long time. So could they move up?

G.M. Andrew Berry addressed in a Friday press conference the flexibility that the Browns have with the 26th pick.

“In general, how I view the draft is we really go into the mindset of really trying to maximize the long-term impact on our roster,” Berry said. “It is less about filling a need or some level of instant gratification on the roster and more about a longer-term focus on the team. That all being said, I like where we are picking, and not just at 26, but at 59, 89, 91, 110 and so forth. There are plenty of opportunities where we can add young players who can grow with us over the next several years. To your question about moving off of the pick, I think the positioning in this draft allows us to be very flexible, whether that is moving up, down or sitting and picking. Largely, that will be dictated by how the board falls ahead of us. I think we have a lot of flexibility going into Thursday night.”

So, like every other team in round one (except the Jaguars), Cleveland’s options are to trade up, trade down, or use their pick. However, with the Browns may not want to not have a first-round selection during the draft they’re hosting.

“I am going to guess a quiet Thursday night would not be popular amongst this audience,” Berry said with a laugh. “I will tell you that I am comfortable if we pick, I am comfortable if we move out, and I am comfortable if we move up. Largely, it depends on circumstance, but I am not married to really any particular decision certainly six days from us knowing what the first pick of the draft is going to be.”

That’s why there are so many possibilities for many team. The more the board plays out, the more obvious it will be whether someone wants to move up, whether a team will want to move down, or whether the team will stay put and take someone who’s still there. Still, the fans in Cleveland who will be waiting all night to learn the name of the team’s newest player won’t be thrilled with the prospect of the Browns ultimately adding no one.

11 responses to “Browns at No. 26 can be “very flexible,” with one caveat

  1. In other words, he said nothing at all. Which is exactly what a good GM should be saying right now.

  2. Berry should be on the High Stakes Poker you couldn’t read this guy if your life depended on it.

  3. “However, with the Browns may not want to not have a first-round selection during the draft they’re hosting.”


  4. footballismybusiness says:
    April 24, 2021 at 5:40 pm
    “However, with the Browns may not want to not have a first-round selection during the draft they’re hosting.”



    Dude I said the exact same thing. I would like one solid reason why this would be the case? SMH @Florio. Just like the fascination with the whole jersey number thing. Which isn’t really a thing.

  5. They are going to move up. There is not enough room on the roster for all those picks unless you are churning special steamers. They will package and move up.

  6. Browns trade up and select a qb! That would be classic watching the faces on those idiot Brown fans!

  7. Trading the extra #3 and #4 to move up to 15 or 16 would be good
    Your not going to sign 9 rookies anyway and nabbing a higher player with a 5th year option makes sense.

  8. No GM worth his weight doesn’t know the players they are targeting. Overall, Berry has done a really nice job in the draft and greater job signing Free Agents. Never thought they would be able to land Hooper and Conklin. Obviously he wont tip his hand on a conference call. The Browns need to replace Richardson, and a perfect pick should fall to them at 26 with Christian Barmore DT from Alabama. Guy is a flat out beast. The great thing Berry loves, which is a major improvement from the previous awful GMs, is he loves SEC players, which is by far the best conference with the best players, especially from Alabama and LSU. Trading up would be dumb, because this draft is loaded with really good defensive players.

  9. In draw poker, you look at the hand you’re dealt, then the dealer asks you how many cards are you going to discard. Well, the cards haven’t been dealt yet, so how would Berry know what he’s going to do.

  10. As a Browns fan, hosting the draft or no, I don’t really care if they pick in the first. If they don’t trade up and the top 3-4 corners are already off the board, a good move might be a double trade with Jacksonville. Swap 26 for Jacksonville’s 33, then flip their 59 for Jacksonville’s 45. Follow by trading some their late rounders to claw up a bit in the 3rd and 4th. Sure Berry will do what’s best long term for the Browns, not just what’s popular at the moment. Looking forward to it.

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