Did Andrew Berry hint at trading back in this year’s draft?

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT /

On the pre-draft conference call Friday morning Andrew Berry didn’t share a ton of new information on the Cleveland Browns. But did he leave fans with few subtle hints on first-round options?

Andrew Berry hosted his first pre-draft conference call Friday morning and addressed many questions from the media.

The Harvard grad shared the Cleveland Browns have no fears with a virtual draft and have planned for multiple worst-case scenarios.

Berry plans to be in Cleveland for the draft, but of course, will be conducted from his home.

Many reporters pushed if veteran pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney was on the radar, but Berry was hesitant to comment on players, not on the Browns roster.  Berry was quoted by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com saying,

"“We’re (Cleveland Browns) going to be aggressive in adding talent to the roster”"

While Berry didn’t give a ton of detailed information about who the Browns would be drafting with the 10th pick in the draft, he did give a few hints that could leave fans wondering. Berry was adamant about supporting the quarterback, stating the offensive line is always a priority as protection is where it all starts.

Berry also wasn’t shy when he stated that right and left tackle is a very similar position and both extremely important to the success of the team. Berry brought up examples of Jack Conklin and Tyron Smith making the switch from college to the pros.

Conklin was a left tackle in college and now is known for work on the right side.  Smith was a right tackle in college and now is one of the most dominant left tackles in the league.

Berry shook off the question about which tackle they want at pick 10 by saying,

"“I wouldn’t make any assumptions about what we may or may not do moving forward.  My goal is to make sure we’re adding talent across the roster.”"

Berry went on to mention Conklin or Chris Hubbard could play left tackle if needed.  Brown’s fans will be terrified if Hubbard is once again a starter, but knowing Berry is open to switch Conklin from the right to the left side, does that change things?

If Tristian Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. is the team’s top two rated tackles, the Browns should certainly consider taking them over Mehki Becton or Andrew Thomas just because they played left tackle in college. Additionally, if the Browns rate all four tackles nearly the same, will they consider moving back a few spots if they can land one of them?

Andrew Berry is a calm and strong leader, and even though he hasn’t even completed his first draft Browns fans should rest easy.  Berry didn’t give many hints, but look for the Browns to go offensive tackle with their first pick.

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However, don’t be shocked to see them move back a few spots if three of the four tackles are on the board at 10 and they know they can still get one while collecting additional picks.