The Browns are among the teams that have had very preliminary discussions with the St. Louis Rams about trading up for the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported early Tuesday morning.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III would be the presumed target for teams trying to make the move.
The Browns, who have the fourth and 22nd overall picks, Washington Redskins (No. 6 pick), Miami Dolphins (No. 8 pick) and some quarterback-needy teams outside the top 10 in the draft order have talked to the Rams about a potential move, but nothing resembling a trade offer has been made, according to the report. Obviously some of the teams might drop out of the RG3 sweepstakes depending on what happens in free agency, which begins at 4 p.m. March 13.
Rams General Manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher both indicated at the NFL Scouting Combine that they would be willing to trade down from the No. 2 slot if they receive an offer they like. Fisher said a deal could even be reached before the draft, which starts April 26.
“There’s a lot of options,” Fisher said. “If we’re in a situation where we’ve got another member club that’s expressed interest, and the deal’s good, it could be done before the draft. We just don’t know. We’ll be prepared.”
When asked about the possibility of trading up to the No. 2 slot, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said, “We’re open to anything. … We have the flexibility to do whatever we want.”