The Cleveland Browns have been at the center of draft rumors since the end of the regular season, but executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Wednesday that it would be a “surprise” to him if the team were to trade out of the top 10.
While the Browns will likely look to hold onto the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, there is no guarantee they won’t look to trade up for another top 10 selection, especially given their stockpile of draft picks.
The New York Jets, who hold the No. 6 overall selection, could provide a potential trade partner for Cleveland, and the two side have reportedly been “talking about a trade that would have the Browns moving up from the 12th pick to the Jets’ selection at No. 6,” according to Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell.
The Browns have been rumored to have “split opinions” on Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the No. 1 overall selection, and trade with the Jets could allow the franchise the chance to land both prospects within the first six selections.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson reportedly prefers Myles Garrett over the quarterback prospects in this year’s class, but the doesn’t eliminate the franchise’s desperate need for stability at the league’s most important position.
Trading up to the No. 6 overall selection surely could intrigue Cleveland’s front office and coaching staff, but the Jets are reportedly asking for a hefty price for the pick. New York wants Cleveland’s 12th overall pick, the 33rd overall selection, and the first pick in the fourth-round (No. 108) in exchange for the No. 6 overall pick, which would give the Jets the first selections on both the second and third day of the draft, according to Campbell.
The Browns on the other hand are reportedly willing to offer their second selection in the second-round, No. 52 overall, and their first pick in the fifth-round, No. 145 overall. A deal of this nature is unlikely to happen until the draft is underway, as the Browns are unlikely to pull the trigger on a trade without knowing if the quarterback prospect they want is on the board.
It’s unclear if the two sides will be able to come to terms on a trade, but is surely worth keeping an eye on with the 2017 NFL Draft just eight days away.