The Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are both looking for a quarterback of the future, and a Browns beat writer is hearing Mitchell Trubisky could be that guy. Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that the Browns are still seriously considering Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick, and also heard that the 49ers like him and might take him at No. 2.
There’s plenty to unpack from Cabot’s report. She says head coach Hue Jackson and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are fully on board with Myles Garrett, but the concern is Mitchell Trubisky might not be there when their pick comes around at No. 12. One source said he does not expect Trubisky to get past the Jets at No. 6.
The Browns could move up to virtually every spot in the top six. John Lynch said the 49ers are open to dealing the No. 2 pick. There are also numerous reports the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans would all be amenable to moving down. The 2017 NFL draft is incredibly deep at cornerback, running back, and some other positions, but there is no clear two or three options after Myles Garrett. There are a lot of really good options, and that means moving back could still net you some really quality talent. The problem is finding a partner when people know this.
If the Browns don’t go full Browns and skip on Garrett, that No. 2 pick is tough to figure. A lot of reports had Reuben Foster in the mix, but the red flags have been adding up. Each individually would be no big deal, but when you combine medical and other issues, it potentially becomes untenable for the 49ers at No. 2.
I would be surprised if Trubisky was the pick, but not entirely shocked. It is less because he is clearly a great option, and more because we just don’t know what to expect from the 49ers new head coach and GM. We have so little to work from that they could draft upwards of ten people at No. 2, and I don’t think we could logically say, well, that makes no sense at all. It’s tough to figure out what they’re valuing there