ESPN is reporting that one of the most important questions in the 2017 National Football League draft is whether the Cleveland Browns should pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 overall selection.
With scheduled picks at No. 1, No. 12, No. 33 and No. 52, perhaps the Browns could get at least three players who will help them make a jump in 2017, but if one of the picks is a quarterback, they would have to endure his growing pains.
He declined to talk about whether the Browns had narrowed their decision down to defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M or quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina. If the Browns leapfrog the competition to get Trubisky, they may send other teams interested in Trubisky into a scramble. The Browns are loaded with picks in this year's and next year's draft. "Yes", the Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown told the ESPN on the topic of trading their top draft selections for a quarterback.
When it comes to quarterbacks, Brown was short and to the point, especially when asked if the team intends to trade for a veteran quarterback.
"We are not trying to take some approach where it is this draft or bust", he said. He is a positive young man who has some ability and talent. "Every time we go into a draft, for us, we view it as we put the pressure on ourselves regardless of what is going on outside". Cleveland could hope Trubisky falls to the 12th selection, where they own Philadelphia's original pick from the Carson Wentz trade.
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"I think whatever team gets him, particularly for us, we'd be proud to have him", Brown concluded. His presence on the roster won't preclude the Browns from drafting a quarterback but gives them insurance if they aren't able to land the one they want.
The abundance of high picks is nice, but for Haden, the first one is the only one that matters. We spent a lot of time with him, number one, so learned a lot about what makes him tick, what motivates him, how he spends his down time, how he spends his time with his teammates. He said that the organization as a whole was "impressed by him".
The San Francisco 49ers are in that spot right now too where they don't have a long term solution at the most important position in the NFL. But if the Jets draft him sixth overall, will fans and analysts blame them, years from now, for an ill-advised pick?
Kiper is quoted as saying he doesn't believe teams have an urgency to keep a high pick in order to draft certain positions in this draft.