Cleveland Browns trade No. 2 pick to Philadelphia Eagles
The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a trade that includes both teams swapping their respective 2016 first-round picks.
The Cleveland Browns will receive the Philadelphia Eagles 2016 first-round pick (No. 8), third-round pick (No. 77) and fourth-round pick (No. 100) as well as their 2017 first-round pick and 2018 second-round pick. The Eagles will receive Cleveland’s 2016 first-round pick (No. 2) and a 2017 fourth-round pick.
The deal doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise as the two teams have reportedly been talking extensively for several days. It’s speculated that the Browns wanted quarterback Jared Goff, who is now projected to be the No. 1 selection by the Los Angeles Rams after they traded for the Tennessee Titans No. 1 pick just last week.
Howie Roseman, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Eagles, said in a press conference following the trade that Sam Bradford is will be the starting quarterback in 2016 still, although they will take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.
A reporter asked the question, “are you solidified that you’ll take a quarterback at No. 2?” Roseman responded with a simple “yes”.
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The Cleveland Browns need to fill numerous holes on their roster and felt that adding more picks is the best way to begin a rebuild with the new regime.
The Browns now own 12 draft picks in next week’s NFL Draft. Six of those picks are in the top-100 and 11 within the top-200.
Who Cleveland now turns their attention to with the No. 8 selection is unsure, although they’ve been connected to the likes of DeForest Buckner, Myles Jack and Laremy Tunsil.
Bleacher Report’s NFL lead writer Matt Miller now has the Browns taking Joey Bosa with the No. 8 pick.
Expect Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson to select his project quarterback in the later rounds, beyond the first day of the draft and have them sit and develop behind Robert Griffin III in 2016.
It’s always great to have an abundance of draft selections and the Cleveland Browns have hit on their third and fourth-round picks more than their first-round picks in recent drafts.
Both teams benefit from this trade and the Eagles get their quarterback of the future in Carson Wentz and the Browns load up on picks to begin their rebuild on Hue Jackson.