Don’t be surprised if the Cleveland Browns trades up into the top five of the 2017 NFL Draft order.
With 11 draft picks at the moment, the Cleveland Browns sit in a very good spot. Still, the temptation and opportunities will be there for them to trade up as they please.
Or, the Browns could be conservative and stay at 12 and select either the best player available or address their quarterback position. Barring something crazy happening, Cleveland will have selected Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett first overall by 8:10 PM or so.
Following that pick, anything and everything will be fair game, but can we all agree at some point the Browns will trade up within the next three days?
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Don’t rule out the possibility of a deal even within the first hour or so of the draft too.
To obtain the right guy for their team, Cleveland may be forced or at least convinced enough to trade up to draft that quarterback, secondary help, or offensive weapon.
That said, according to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Tennessee Titans are considering trading away their fifth pick and have received offers.
Now, Schefter did not mention Cleveland or any team for that matter, as organizations who have made offers to Tennessee. However, wouldn’t those two teams trading together make sense?
Both teams have made bold draft trades in the past. Cleveland needs players at multiple positions, while Tennessee could look to add more picks either in 2017 or in 2018, just like Cleveland has. As a result, the Titans could then draft their tight end, wide receiver, or secondary help for examples at 12 and then again at 18.
Let’s say there is sincere and strong interest in moving to five. Such discussions would have to be increased quickly following the first pick’s announcement. Also, just because Cleveland could move to five, does not mean they will go quarterback.
The Browns may prefer someone late in the first round or beyond. Besides, a quarterback or two could be drafted before the fifth pick even goes on the clock.
With other key needs, Cleveland may prefer for some help offensively, like Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. Other options could be in the secondary via the two top Ohio State Buckeyes: safety Malik Hooker or cornerback Marshon Lattimore. It is not a matter of if, but when Cleveland trades up, whether that is at five or somewhere else.