2016 NFL Draft: Who Could Trade For Cleveland’s #2 Overall Pick?
The Tennessee Titans already started the 2016 NFL Draft off with a bang after trading the #1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams in a blockbuster deal.
It looks like they’re not the only team up near the top of the draft order that wants to move down.
Per reports, the Cleveland Browns are no longer completely sold on taking a quarterback with the second overall pick and are “actively shopping” the pick in trade talks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2016
It’s a move that could make good sense, as the Browns did just sign Robert Griffin III earlier in free agency and still have Josh McCown under contract. Cleveland could opt for more draft picks in lieu of a high pick, and chase a different passing prospect later in the draft.
Their options at the two spot appear to be Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, but with the Rams locked in on one of them, it sounds like Cleveland isn’t too excited about merely settling for the guy Los Angeles doesn’t select.
Naturally, that has the Browns shopping the pick for any other quarterback-needy teams that could be interested in the quarterback that doesn’t go first overall. To gauge potential trades, let’s take a look at the four teams most likely to try to move up to nab one of the top-two passing prospects in this month’s draft:
Reports suggest the Browns are largely looking at trade partners inside the top-10 first round selections, which means they probably still want a marquee prospect, but want some picks back in return for such a high draft choice.
Understandable, but it will naturally depend on the asking price for that strict pick window. They could also still be blown away from a team outside the top-10 and be forced to take a dive.
For now, the Eagles feel like the best bet, as they’re pretty close at the 8th pick and have been rumored to be highly interested in adding a franchise quarterback if they can. Doug Pederson is running the show in Philly now and the Eagles did just retain Sam Bradford and brought in Chase Daniel, but it sounds like if they can get the guy they want, they’ll pull the trigger.
The only issue for Philly’s cause here is they seem to be enamored with Carson Wentz specifically.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) April 19, 2016
Unless they can figure out what the Rams are doing, it’d be silly to trade up for the #2 pick if they don’t also love Goff or firmly believe Wentz will be there. Still, they have the ammo to get a deal done and only have to move up six spots.
Dallas has been tied to Johnny Manziel, RG3 and, well, you name it. Tony Romo is aging and can’t shake the injury bug, so if he goes down again, the Cowboys know they need a legit insurance plan to take over.
With RG3 gone and Manziel not a realistic option right now, the Cowboys could be real players for Cleveland’s #2 pick.
San Francisco 49ers
Chip Kelly tried trading up to get Marcus Mariota last year, so why would this year be any different with a guy like Carson Wentz potentially sitting pretty at the two spot?
The Niners may need a quarterback with Colin Kaepernick reportedly wanting out of town, and the 49ers are only in the 7th spot – five picks away. Should Kaepernick indeed be dealt, the Niners would suddenly be stuck with just Blaine Gabbert going into 2016. That probably wouldn’t sit well with Kelly, who probably would like to draft “his guy” for a change. Trading up would possibly allow him to do that.
San Diego Chargers
San Diego could actually be the dark horse to watch here, as they’re right behind the Browns at the three spot and may want to start looking to the future at the quarterback position.
Philip Rivers really hasn’t shown signs of regression and is actually one of the better quarterbacks in the game today, but he is aging and could fall off at any point. San Diego could give serious thought to protecting their future by dealing with Cleveland and moving up one spot to secure their future franchise passer.
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