Trade with Houston
With many talented prospects on the board such as Malik Hooker, Jonathan Allen and Deshaun Watson, the Browns decided to bypass on these options at No. 12 overall and trade back with the Houston Texans.
The Browns received pick No. 25 and the Texans’ 2018 first-rounder in exchange for No. 12. The Texans were desperate to pull off the trade to move up to select a quarterback. In the Browns’ case, the team did not feel comfortable drafting Watson and couldn’t refuse a trade that gives the team more draft capital and flexibility next season.
The Browns went down 13 spots in the first round in this year’s draft to gain an additional first-rounder next year. In 2018 the Browns control the draft yet again with two first-round picks and three second-round picks. While fans were outraged that a difference maker wasn’t selected at No. 12, the value of still having a first-rounder in 2017 while adding a future first-rounder was a win-win situation.
Sashi Brown and company simply did not feel like Deshaun Watson was their “guy” and that is why they traded out.
It is unfair to fault the front office for not forcing the pick if they weren’t comfortable with it. So that in itself is a win and then factor in an extra first-rounder next year. The Browns could have messed this up a lot worse.