Oct 26, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Michael Campanaro (3) in the second quarter of a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Browns trade out of last pick of the draft, prepare for UDFAs


The Cleveland Browns decided to trade out of the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Like they did last year with Joe Banner running the show with Ray Farmer there, they opted to trade a pick this year for a pick a round earlier next year, which is the standard rate.  The Browns did it in the fourth and fifth round last year for a third and fourth round pick.  Now, they do it with the seventh round pick.

The Baltimore Ravens made the deal to move in and took Michael Campanaro, a talented slot receiver from Wake Forest.  He is a terrific route runner with great hands in the mold of Wes Welker and Julian Edelman type receivers.

The Browns now have a 1st, 4th, and 6th in 2015 NFL Draft in addition to the standard 7 picks they will get to this point.  Now, the Browns focus all of their attention to trying to get undrafted free agents.  They have likely been on the phones most of the day talking to players about potential deals if they are not drafted.  Wide receivers may look at Cleveland as a popular spot because they have a chance to come in and win a roster spot.

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  • Gary

    Great move, Browns. You have no reliable wr’s, yet thought it best to give up another pick till next year.
    It’s always “next year” with this organization.

  • Josh Hart

    I think Farmer may of had more influence in last years draft than most of us thought. Next year never comes for this team. At least the defense improved, we think…

    • Letterman007

      You may be right! I think there is someone paying lots of money to keep this and other Cleveland sports teams from winning anything! I know it sounds like a bad conspiracy theory or I’m paranoid but this could have been a really good draft, even with the Gordon incident!! Draft as they did, but keep #4 and use it for Watkins or Evans and this would have been a really good draft!!

  • Letterman007

    The offense must feel like the red headed stepchild of the defense!!I am sick of the draft and free agency where this team has an unknown need to favor the defense all the time!! When does the offensive side get the three for one signings of draft and free agents!! This team suffered greatly last year on offense and there was little done to improve that this year!! Get off the D and get some offensive help. If you think getting Manziel is going to put this team in the playoffs, your crazy!! He can’t do it by himself and needs playmakers now.!! Not next year or two or three years down the road! A guard or tackle is not going to score a TD!! He may help, but not as much as a really good wide receiver will? Drafting like this is one big reason you can’t get this team to stop loosing double digit games !!

  • rh

    Give farmer a chance! Obviously they know something we DONT, chill out

  • Gary

    It’s always “next year” with the Browns.

    I was excited to hear we had 11 picks in the draft.

    With so many needs, this should have been one of our best drafts in years. Although I did like a couple of the defensive picks, I don’t agree with the Manziel pick. I have always said he is too short for the NFL. Defenses will eat him up. He will most likely lead the league in passes batted down and interceptions. And instead of wasting 5 picks, wouldn’t have been smart to take a couple WR’s since we really don’t have a good one with Gordon being suspended and another breaking his arm. Letting Watkins slip by was a sign of things to come. Also taking West over Hyde wasn’t a choice I would have made. But, I am not a FO for the Browns. It isn’t my decision. I am just one of the many fans who have to hear “wait till next year” once again.

  • The_Mick

    Interestingly the Browns, probably Gordon-less, passed on getting a potentially solid WR in Round 7 in terrific route-runner Michael Campanaro and let Division rival Ravens get him – and the Ravens wanted him bad enough to trade one of next year’s picks to get him despite having Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones, and WR-type TE’s Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels, etc. He’s not going to stretch the field but he could be the guy who’s always open on 3rd down just past the first-down marker.

    Strange omission when the Browns already had 9 picks in the 2015 draft.

    • Pete Smith

      Campanaro is a pure slot. If the Browns love Hawkins there, adding him did not make much sense. I love Campanaro. Was my 9th rated receiver overall and I have had the chance to speak with him. Great kid.