Daily Dawg Tags: Can the Browns acquire the second pick?
The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback. Can a bold move in the draft help the franchise finally solve the longstanding problem?
The Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and are widely expected to use it to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
What comes next, however, is when things get interesting.
Garrett fills a major hole on the roster, but does nothing to help the major hole at the quarterback position. The Browns could be patient and wait to select whichever quarterback will be available at No. 12, or they could be proactive.
As in, making a move to the No. 2 overall selection, which is currently the property of the San Francisco 49ers.
But San Francisco general manager John Lynch, fresh out of the television booth, said on Thursday that the 49ers will listen if teams come calling, according to the team’s website:
"“There’s the traditional trade chart, (and) we’ve got one of our own. I think we know how we value that (pick). As I’ve said, we’re open for business. We’d listen to anything. But, I’ve always said you don’t like being 2-14, but you like having the second pick. I think it puts you in the driver’s seat with a lot of options at your disposal and we’ll explore every single one of them.”"
If the Browns really like one of the available quarterbacks and want to ensure they come out of the draft with both Garrett and a quarterback, making a move to acquire the top two picks in the draft would be the best way to do it.
The question is what would the cost be to pull it off?
A swap of first-round picks would certainly not be enough, but the Browns hold two picks in the second round and one in the third. While it would be nice to keep the first pick in the second round, adding in pick No. 52 may not be enough.
Of course, with the Browns holding 22 combined picks between the 2017 and 2018 drafts, they have enough in the bank to make a trade work.
It is one of the better scenarios surrounding the current draft and one worth watching.
Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson need to be bold to keep this rebuilding project on track. Just how bold they can be remains to be seen.
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What could the Titans get from the Browns for No. 5? (ESPN)
"Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson has shown he’s hardly afraid to make draft-pick deals. The Cleveland Browns have a ton of draft capital. After picking first, they could want to move up from No. 12 to ensure they get their second guy. What could the Titans get from the Browns in exchange for No. 5 overall?"
Fullback Danny Vitale has big goals (ohio.com)
"Before Browns fullback Danny Vitale could even sit down in the office of Hue Jackson during his exit interview after this past season, the coach told the rookie he was impressed with his performance. Three days later, Vitale traveled to Tampa, Fla., where he has been training for the past few months, except for a 10-day, bucket-list vacation to New Zealand with his younger brother."
Sophomore spurt or slump? (MMQB)
"The first offseason is crucial for quarterbacks coming off their rookie years. Here’s a look at where Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch stand."
Marshan Lynch can provide Oakland a magical ending (Sporting News)
"The idea of Marshawn Lynch being back in the NFL and right back where he started should thrill the player, the city and the team."
Who is the best QB in the draft? It all depends (Bleacher Report)
"A typical quarterback draft class would have sorted itself out by now. Two prospects typically emerge as the top picks in the draft: Safe Guy and Risky Upside Guy. Then the rest fall into line. There’s the Buzzy First-Round Riser, the Small-School Wonder, the Draftnik Darling who kept showing up in the first rounds of mock drafts in March but gets picked late in the fifth round and so forth. But this draft class is not typical."
John Madden trashes Raiders relocation (The Mercury News)
"John Madden is in shock and aw-shucks about the Raiders move to Las Vegas. The Raiders legend let SirusXM know his distaste for the team’s relocation to Nevada in an interview with it’s Hall of Fame Radio program Wednesday. Madden essentially blasted owner Mark Davis for eliminating years of yarns."