NFL Draft Rumors: Cleveland Browns Not Trading No. 1 Overall Pick but Mum on Selection
Days before the 2017 NFL Draft, all eyes are on the Cleveland Browns, who own the No. 1 overall pick. Many are anxiously waiting for their next move or who will they take from this year's talented crop of new players.
In a report by NFL.com, Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown quashed rumors that the team plans to trade the No. 1 overall pick. "That would surprise me. If we traded down this year," Brown said Wednesday during the team's pre-draft news conference.
According to Brown, the team has received calls inquiring about the No. 1 overall pick. While they listened to offers, Brown said that "we feel really good about picking at (No. 1) and I'll leave it at that."
Brown also downplayed rumors about a brewing rift between coach Hue Jackson and the Browns' front office. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report earlier revealed that Jackson and the front office were torn between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitch Trubisky as No. 1 overall.
"Even if we all agree on a particular player or decision, we constantly are pushing each other to think about what we're not thinking about," Brown said. "Our job really isn't to agree; our job is to get decisions right."
The Browns are expected to take Garrett as No. 1 overall and trade up to take Trubisky, but Brown refused to confirm the reported moves. "We've narrowed it down," Brown said. "We feel good about where we are."
The Browns could arrange a deal with either with the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears or the New York Jets to trade up and take Trubisky. The 49ers will pick 2nd overall, while the Bears and the Jets own the No. 3 and No. 6 overall picks, respectively.
The 49ers and the Bears both express willingness to trade their first-round picks for additional picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Browns may offer them the No. 12 and No. 33 picks.
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