Cooper trade takeaway No. 2 for Cleveland Browns – Pick No. 13 could have flexibility
Another huge change for the Cleveland Browns with the addition of Amari Cooper is they now have some flexibility at pick no. 13. Before the trade I would have argued there is no way they can not draft a wide receiver.
If they somehow restructure Landry (doubtful) and sign a middle-tier wide receiver in free agency, you may see a scenario where the Browns don’t take a wide receiver until day three of the 2022 draft.
One scenario that has been starting to play out is the real chance that Clowney will go wherever the money is and doesn’t necessarily value the Browns. I can’t say that I blame him, but defensive end is now the biggest question mark on this roster.
If a pass rusher the organization loves falls to No. 13, they can draft an edge guy, and then go wide receiver still in round two, where they will still get an extremely talented guy. The only bad thing is you don’t know how the draft will go. Edge rushers will go early and often, and there is a chance the Browns will get stuck with someone they didn’t really want.
There’s still a chance Cleveland screws up the draft, but at least they have the flexibility to take the best player available at a few different positions other than wide receiver.