John Dorsey not aggressive in trade market
John Dorsey has received the reputation of being an aggressive general manager who will do anything possible to add talented players to his roster. And he has that reputation for good reasons.
But Dorsey did not carry that aggressive reputation into the 2019 NFL Draft. Instead, he preached patience. And that’s exactly what was during the draft: patient.
Entering the draft with eight picks, the Browns only made one trade during the draft – moving up three selections in the second round to select Greedy Williams. For what was expected from Dorsey during the draft, it was a surprising three days.
Without a first round selection, the Browns were the one team who seemed the most likely to trade up into the first 32 picks. But they didn’t. Dorsey said there were three players in the first round who he wanted to trade up for, but the compensation would have been too much for the organization to give up.
It would have been hard for Cleveland to move into the first round because of where they sat with their first selection. It would have taken a lot of assets, or at least important assets, for the Browns to convince a team to trade down around 20 selections.
But Dorsey deciding to stand pat with the rest of his selections in the draft was surprising. Even if he did not want to trade up, it was surprising he did not move down a few selections to acquire picks in future drafts.
Cleveland’s 2019 draft seemed like a much different Dorsey draft. It was not an overly aggressive draft to get his “guys,” and he seemed content with where the Browns were selecting. If Dorsey not being active in the trade market was not surprising, him preaching patience should at least qualify as being surprising considering his all-in attitude.