The Cleveland Browns have traded offensive lineman Cameron Erving, agreeing to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs in which Cleveland gets a 2018 fifth round draft pick in return. The Browns spent a first round pick on Erving in 2015, but it never panned out as they moved him all around the line.
It’s a solid move by the Chiefs to potentially shore up their offensive line depth, but the story here is just how many picks the Browns have acquired in the 2018 NFL Draft. Their two biggest acquisitions were a No. 1 and a No. 2 from the Houston Texans. They got the first round pick in the deal that netted the Texans Deshaun Watson. They got the second round pick in the Texans’ salary dump of Brock Osweiler.
With all these moves, the Browns now have 13 picks next April. They have multiple picks in every round except the third and seventh. More importantly, they have five picks in the first two rounds. They can do just about anything they want regardless of where they stand in the draft order. If DeShone Kizer pans out, they could be in a position to deal down from the top few picks, but they could move up if the right player is there for them. They have so many options at their disposal.
Of course, they also can’t be turning those picks into more Cameron Erving’s, so we’ll wait to crown them.
Browns' current 2018 picks:— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) August 30, 2017
Rd 1 (HOU)
Rd 2 (HOU)
Rd 2 (PHI)
Rd 4 (CAR)
Rd 5 (KC)
Rd 6 (PIT)