The Cleveland Browns do not have a first round selection in the 2019 Draft, but general manager John Dorsey hinted that may not be the case on draft night.
It has been a long time since the Cleveland Browns have not made a selection in the first round of a draft. It last happened in 2008 and it was the only time the franchise has not made a selection in the first round since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
However, the Browns are currently slated to buck that trend as they are currently sitting without a first round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Browns were set to select 17th overall, but they traded that pick to the New York Giants as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade package.
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But by the time the first round ends on the night of April 25, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey may have the Browns announcing a pick. On Adam Schefter’s podcast for ESPN, Dorsey hinted at the possibility of the Browns trading back into the first round – via WKYC’s Ben Axelrod.
“Business as usual. That’s the way it is,” Dorsey told Schefter on his podcast when asked what it will be like not having a first-round selection. “Who’s to say I won’t go up in the first round?”
“Might we see something there?” Schefter pressed.
“You never know,” Dorsey replied. “My phone’s open. They can give me a call.”
The Cleveland Browns are currently slated to make their first pick with the 49th overall selection. Dorsey’s comments do not guarantee that the Browns will be trading into the first round, but Dorsey is known for being aggressive when adding talent, so it would not be surprising for him to make a jump back into the first round.
With eight selections in the draft, including three in the fifth round, Dorsey has the assets needed to make a move up. And with the Browns expecting to be competing for the playoffs in 2019, it seems unlikely Dorsey will want to add eight rookies to the roster.
After making several moves this offseason, there is not position that needs to be addressed in the draft. This gives Dorsey and the rest of the Browns’ front office the opportunity to select a player who is at the top of their board.
Because the Browns are in a “win-now” mode for the 2019 season, it would make sense for Dorsey to attempt to draft a player who can make an immediate impact. If that requires him to trade into the first round, then it would be not shocking to see the Browns make a selection on the first night of the 2019 NFL Draft.