Is the possibility of the Cleveland Browns trading down a smokescreen or is something more?
Obtaining talent, young talent, is something that the Cleveland Browns need to improve upon. In fact, it is very obvious, yet, the Browns continue to fall short in acquiring the players they need.
Each year fans regularly express the desire to add such talent, but following through has not been guaranteed. It is like beating a dead horse. Fans can continue to have hope and express the same thoughts, ideas, and opinions each year, but it has been tough to see the progress that is needed.
The Cleveland Browns are trying to establish a winning organization in a very different way compared to how they have done business in the past, as well as how other teams go about adding talent. Until results are shown that progress is being made, doubtfulness with a mixture of hope and faith will continue to be expressed.
Cleveland is already among the leaders in draft picks with 10, so they are not hurting for more selections. Yet, the addition of more does not mean more chances of success, despite what one may assume.
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Many reports of all varieties have been reported over the last few weeks and will continue until draft night as to what the Cleveland Browns are thinking or trying to do. Could Cleveland stump everyone and select someone we do not expect? Sure, but the players the Browns are more than likely going to pick have not changed for some time.
It is very smart to do their due diligence in terms of trade discussions, but shouldn’t the Cleveland Browns be kind of locked in to a guy by now? Even if the fan base and media does not know, Cleveland should know who their guy is and I believe they already have that player as unofficially “locked” in.
However, what if that player is not even considered a top three pick? That would mean trading down for the Cleveland Browns could, if it has not already, be the preference as to what they want to do with the second pick.
After all, Cleveland continues to get plenty of interest for their pick. With continued news of the Browns possibly trading in the first round, that shows Cleveland is not sold on anyone in that part of the draft. To emphasize that point, if Cleveland Browns vice president of player personnel Sashi Brown is actually initiating the trade calls, then that says it all.
The Browns are in a long-term approach, with a “moneyball” mindset, so although drafting a great player at two would be great, it seems like it not going to go that way. Whether Cleveland actually trades down is a big if scenario. On the other hand, if the Browns are serious about that possibility, looking at who could be available towards the end of the top 10 or early teens would be wise.