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Browns split on whether to draft Myles Garrett or Mitchell Trubisky first overall, per report

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 11, 2017

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has long been viewed in NFL circles as the favorite to be drafted first overall by the Browns on April 27.

But Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said two weeks ago at the NFL owners meetings the franchise was considering more than one player with the top pick.

Because of the importance of the position, it obviously would make sense if a quarterback were among the players being considered.

And the quarterback in this draft class who seems to best fit the criteria Browns coach Hue Jackson has repeatedly outlined this offseason -- arm talent, processing speed, face-of-the-franchise qualities -- is North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky, a Mentor native.

By that logic, something ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Tuesday night is worth noting. 

"Cleveland has not made up its mind at No. 1, per source," Schefter tweeted. "Split opinions. Some like Myles Garrett, some like Mitchell Trubisky. We will see."

This is prime time for pre-draft smokescreens. The Browns really could be split on whom to select at No. 1. They also could be hoping to trade down from No. 1, even though Jackson said at the owners meetings he "would not like to" do that.

On one hand, it would be considered an upset if the Browns picked anyone other than Garrett at No. 1.

But it also shouldn't be surprising if a Garrett-versus-Trubisky debate exists in Browns headquarters.

In January at the Senior Bowl, Jackson acknowledged a good quarterback is more valuable in the NFL than an elite non-quarterback, for example, a defensive player.

"I don’t disagree," he said.

Jackson continued, "No doubt [that’s the debate], and especially in this situation, it is. No question."


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