The Browns are not willing at this point to include their second draft pick of the first round, the 22nd overall selection, in a potential trade with the St. Louis Rams, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.
The Browns, who have the fourth overall pick, and the Washington Redskins, who have the sixth overall selection, are still considered serious contenders to trade up to the No. 2 spot owned by the Rams, according to the report. Still, the Redskins are viewed as the favorite because their owner, Dan Snyder, has not been shy about making big deals in the past.
Of course, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III would be the presumed target for the team that trades up to the No. 2 slot.
The Rams would like to reach an agreement before free agency starts at 4 p.m. March 13, according to the report.
The Redskins seem to be willing to trade their first-round pick next year along with the No. 6 selection this year, but they are unwilling to include their second-round pick this year, according to the report.
As for the Miami Dolphins (No. 8 pick) and the Seattle Seahawks (No. 12 pick), they don’t appear to be realistic trade partners for the Rams, according to the report.
When asked about a potential trade for the No. 2 pick, Browns coach Pat Shurmur has repeatedly said the organization is open to anything.
“We’re gonna do everything we can do to make the roster as good as we can make it, and we have a situation, in my opinion, where we have some flexibility,” Shurmur said last week during his appearance at the Cleveland Auto Show. “We have a lot of picks, and a lot of the experts think that they might be valuable, so we’ll see. So we have some flexibility, and I think we need to approach this thing from a position of strength and do what we can to make our roster better. So that’s how we’ll approach it.”
Shurmur said the Browns’ meeting with Griffin at the NFL Scouting Combine went well.
“A very sharp, very well-spoken young man,” Shurmur said. “Everybody knows how accomplished he was on the field.”
Shurmur also said he was “equally impressed with” Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Browns might target in the first round if they don’t trade up and nab Griffin.
“Very intelligent young man,” Shurmur said. “[He] did a nice job in the interview. It’s important in the interview that they’re able to talk about what they did when we watch their film, and I thought he did a very nice job of that. He too really was very productive this year.”
The Browns will attend the pro days for Griffin (March 21) and Tannehill (March 29), Shurmur said.