The Oakland Raiders might be trying to trade down from the third overall pick in the NFL Draft with the Browns as a possible trade partner, Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports reported tonight.
If the Browns make the move, Silver speculated they would be targetting Brigham Young defensive end/outside linebacker Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.
The Browns have the sixth overall pick in the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday. They have a total of seven selections but lack a second-round selection.
Browns CEO Joe Banner made it clear last week during a pre-draft news conference the organization is open to trading down. Trading up, though, would be a suprise.
When asked at the NFL owners meeting in March if the Browns could trade up, owner Jimmy Haslam said, "I think that’s doubtful."
Still, nothing can be ruled out because deception is the name of the game this time of year in the NFL. After all, former General Manager Tom Heckert guaranteed the Browns would not trade up last year, and then they moved from No. 4 overall to No. 3 so they could nab running back Trent Richardson.