The Cleveland Browns have been regularly connected to New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and we might get one last surge of trade rumors. The Patriots rumored asking price of two first rounds picks had quieted things down, but the Browns addition of a 2018 second round in the Brock Osweiler trade raised some eyebrows.
Now, with NFL owners meetings taking place in Arizona next week, there is a chance the seeds could be sown for a deal to be done by the time the 2017 NFL Draft arrives. ESPN’s Tony Grossi thinks we could see some discussion happen since the meetings bring owners and other executives into the same building. Deals usually happen over the phone, but an in-person meeting can potentially push things along.
Whether or not the Browns deal for Garoppolo, it seems like their second first round pick at No. 12 overall is all but certain to involve a quarterback. I think we’d all prefer they take a QB at No. 1, but it seems highly unlikely the Browns pick anybody but Myles Garrett with that pick. If that happens, as expected, is there any way you see them picking anybody but a QB (or trade it for Garoppolo)?
Right now, the Browns QB depth chart includes Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan. They could decide on a QB in the later rounds, but their offseason moves would seem to suggest they have their eye on somebody pretty early. To broaden it out, they could also trade down, but even if they do that, is there any way they don’t walk away with a quarterback by the end of day one of the draft?