Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is expected to be an active trader on draft day, which he has been quite successful at in his career.
In a year and a half as the Cleveland Browns general manager, John Dorsey has quickly built a roster who is ready to compete for a playoff spot. Inheriting a team who was wrapping up a win-less 2017 season, Dorsey had his work cut out for him to build a winner.
But as Dorsey and the rest of the Browns front office prepares for the 2019 NFL Draft, there are expectations that Cleveland will be playing football in January 2020. That is in large part because of the aggressiveness of Dorsey’s roster-building.
Since taking over as Cleveland’s head personnel decision maker, Dorsey has not shied away from making a trade to acquire a significant contributor. He has also trusted his scouts and other members of the front office with their evaluations of draft prospects, helping build one of the best draft classes from the 2018 NFL Draft. He may be doing both once again in just a couple of weeks.
With the 2019 NFL Draft just under two weeks away, there is a belief that Dorsey will once again make a gutsy move to add a talented rookie. Because the Browns do not have a first-round selection, Dorsey has hinted he may be trading up from the 49th overall selection to get back in the first round.
Dorsey has a history of making trades on draft day and having success with the selections, including in last year’s draft when he traded up to select wide receiver Antonio Callaway in the fourth round.
He also made significant draft day trades during his time as the Kansas City Chiefs general manager. Here is a look at three successful draft day trades by Dorsey in his time as a general manager.