Cleveland Browns NFL Draft day 2: 3 players worth trading up for
By Randy Gurzi
With the first night of the 2019 NFL Draft in the books, we can now look at three prospects that the Cleveland Browns could trade for on Friday night
For the first time since the 2008 season, the Cleveland Browns didn’t make a pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. It felt especially weird considering the fact that they had three picks in 2017 and two in 2018 — both of which started with Cleveland on the clock at No. 1.
In fact, the Browns dominated the talk leading up to the draft this past season as they had the rights to the first and fourth overall selections. The fourth coming thanks to a draft trade the season prior in which they allowed the Houston Texans to move up and select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Even though it is fun to see the early picks land in The Land, their lack of pick this season was well worth it. The reason for that is the No. 17 selection was part of the trade that landed them superstar receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. who looks to transform their offensive passing attack this season.
While the wait was worth it, it is exciting to know the Browns will be on the board Friday night with the 49th pick. However, we all know general manager John Dorsey has no problem moving around if it helps him get his man. But who should that player be? Let’s take a look at three prospects that could tempt Dorsey to pick up the phone and move from No. 17.
Honorable mention: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
It was hard to narrow this to three because there were several big name players who weren’t selected on Thursday night. One such prospect is West Virginia’s Yodny Cajuste. The big offensive tackle had a great career for the Mountaineers and was considered first-round worthy by some scouts.
However, he had a quad injury that may have pushed him down some boards. For the Browns, this could be a good thing as Cajuste could be the long-term answer at left tackle.