We’re only a few hours away from the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, and naturally everyone wants to know what the Cleveland Browns are going to do with the No. 1 pick. It seems like it’s going about as well as things usually do for the Browns as they decide between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
On Wednesday, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot wrote that both players were still under consideration and that there might be some dissent between the Browns’ coaching staff and the front office, which is exactly what you want to hear on the eve of the NFL draft.
“The coaches have never wavered on wanting Garrett, sources say, and the front office has given serious consideration to drafting Trubisky at No. 1 because the Browns need a franchise quarterback,” she wrote.
But there’s also the not-insignificant fact that the Browns also have the No. 12 pick. Trubisky could still be around then or, alternately, Cleveland could deal that pick to trade up into the top 10. Why use a No. 1 pick on a player who might be available further down the board? (Yes, I know it’s the Browns we’re talking about.)
ESPN’s Adam Schefter also said Wednesday that the Browns have their eye on Trubisky.
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN, meanwhile, both have the Browns taking Trubisky at No. 1 in their final mock drafts, a change from their previous predictions. Not that Kiper and McShay have any input into how NFL teams go about their drafts, but it’s something worth noting, I guess.
Obviously, this all could be — and very likely is — just a smokescreen on the part of the Browns to throw off all the other teams in the draft. The NFL Network’s Michael Silver said Wednesday that the team had settled on its choice two weeks ago and that “only three or four people in the world” know who it will be.
Whether those three or four people are on the same page remains to be seen.