Browns have zeroed in on choice with No. 1 draft pick

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

"There is no such thing as a flawless player".

Osweiler completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards and threw 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions in his sole season in Houston.

Said Brown: "We don't comment on all the rumors". The Browns don't have enough of those players on their roster.

The Jets, who own the sixth overall pick, are rumored to be the most likely trade partner.

"I've asked that question to executives from 10 teams in the past couple of days and I've gotten 10 different answers", Pelissero said.

Considering Bills owner Terry Pegula joined coach Sean McDermott and general manager Doug Whaley when they worked out Trubisky and other quarterbacks, it's not insane to think the Bills could draft a quarterback at No. 10 or earlier if they trade up. "This is an important draft for us".

They can stay at No. 2 overall and take the best player available, or they could trade down to collect extra selections. This franchise desperately needs elite-level talent. During Brown's press conference, walterfootball.com reported the Jets have already engaged in trade talks with the Browns about moving down from No. 6 to No. 12.

- Having more than a year to prepare for a draft should help immensely.

Sources tell me the Jets and Browns are talking trade.

- Trading up the board hasn't been ruled out, but doesn't seem as likely despite the massive arsenal of draft picks they have to play with. With the hope Manziel would learn from his antics and first season in the National Football League, the Browns opted not to take a top QB in 2015.

"We feel really good about picking at one", he said, "and I'll leave it at that".

On Wednesday, Browns vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry acknowledged what many draft experts have said about this year's class of defensive backs.

"It doesn't matter when you got drafted or who you are, he's going to be in your face no matter what", Haden said.

These statements should quell lingering speculation that the Browns are pursuing a trade for Garoppolo or the Bengals' AJ McCarron.

The Browns are in the rebuilding stage with a quarterback as one of their priorities. A year ago in 2016 they selected Cody Kessler in the third round. If the Browns want this guy, they'll have to leapfrog the Bills.

"It's a shock, but that's what we need", he said.

The fact that the Browns are looking at all their options is encouraging. As a run defender, he may never get to the level of a Von Miller or a Khalil Mack, but he can affect the quarterback and his improvement in the run game should have him playing at a reasonable level if used in the right capacity.

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