When the Cleveland Browns acquired former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler through a trade in March, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said team was "really excited" about landing Houston's 2018 second-round pick.
The Browns still could try to trade Osweiler during the draft. But the likeliest scenario is that the Browns stick with Garrett, leaving the next 31 picks in the draft open for business.
In past National Football League drafts, 31 times a quarterback has been the number one overall pick. So might somebody like Malik Hooker or OJ Howard. Those are the first choices on the second and third days of the draft. Both were hampered by injuries. Walterfootball.com notes that the Browns are nervous that either the Jets or the Buffalo Bills could mess up their plans at quarterback, which is why Cleveland is looking to trade up in the first round. The reality is, Cody Kessler did not do all that bad a year ago. The Browns clearly like Garrett and it is presumed that is who they will select No. 1.
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Garoppolo, who played well in two starts in 2016 before injuring his shoulder, would immediately step in as the starter in Cleveland and answer the lingering question at quarterback.
There are plenty of reasons why Haden should want Garrett on his defense. There is nothing not to like about him. Below them are the Jets, who need a quarterback but are said to not be interested in Trubisky. He had dinner with coach Hue Jackson. He ranked at No. 10 in the nation last season with total yards of 3,748 and threw for 30 touchdowns while being sacked six times and picked off 20. Brown restated his philosophy that he prefers to add picks rather than trade them away, however he's not opposed to it this year considering the volume of assets at their disposal. Brown said the team has narrowed its focus on a few players to consider taking first. However, another speculation is that maybe Chicago will simply keep their pick and surprise their fanbase when another QB's name is called.
His comment would seem to ends months of rampant speculation that Cleveland is angling to acquire New England's Jimmy Garoppolo or Cincinnati's AJ McCarron to help solve their decade-old search for a franchise quarterback. The Combine basically confirmed this pick.
As far as offensive skill position players go, there are a slew of running backs who could come right out of the draft and start for many different teams.
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