While the Browns made the logical choice by selecting Garrett at No. 1, they also had the No. 12 pick, and with players such as Ohio State safety Malik Hooker and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen still on the board, they could have stayed put and added another great player to the defense.
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Instead, the Browns traded the No. 12 pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the No. 25 pick and Houston’s first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Cleveland now has two first-round picks and three second-round selections in next year’s draft.
As for the 25th pick, the Browns selected Michigan safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers, who is also a force in the return game.
Not satisfied with only having two first-round picks, Cleveland swung another deal with the Green Bay Packers, trading the 33rd overall pick and one of their fourth-round picks, No. 108 overall, to move up to No. 29. With that pick they chose Miami tight end David Njoku, who most consider the second-best tight end in this draft class.
Njoku is a nice offensive weapon who will help whoever is the Browns starting quarterback in 2017.
This is the first time in team history that te Browns have had three first-round selections. The trading was an emphasis in last year’s draft, starting when they traded the No. 2 overall selection to the Philadelphia Eagles.
With six more rounds to go in the draft, it will be shocking if the Browns do not make more trades.