The Browns already have two first-round draft picks (Nos. 4 and 26 overall), but Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reported General Manager Ray Farmer is exploring a potential hat trick.
Farmer has asked at least one team low in the first round about moving up from early in the second round (No. 35 overall) back into the opening round, King wrote in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column.
King speculated that Farmer could be interested in striking such a deal because it would allow him to move ahead of the Houston Texans for a quarterback. The Texans have the first pick in each of the seven rounds, including the first choice of the second round (No. 33 overall).
King also mentioned the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks as a logical trade partner for the Browns in the aforementioned scenario. The Seahawks have the last pick in the first round (No. 32 overall) and would save about $1.4 million over the life of a four-year contract if they took a player at No. 35 instead of three slots earlier.
According to the draft trade value chart that some teams use, the Browns would need to surrender their second of two fourth-round picks (No. 127) to move up from No. 35 to No. 32.
This is just a sampling of the speculation that’s sure to surface this week before the draft begins at 8 p.m. Thursday. Some rumblings will come true, but many more will prove to be nothing more than noise.
Either way, Farmer has 10 picks at his disposal, so he has plenty of ammunition to wheel and deal as he sees fit. In late March at the NFL owners meetings, Farmer said he had already begun discussing potential trades with other teams.