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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