There have been reported rumblings about the Browns debating Myles Garrett or Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 overall. Come on. That’s not a debate, not in a league where executives are consistently fired for being aggressive. Bill Belichick can do what he wants because he has tons of job security. The Browns — well, it’s not a secure job.
But Cleveland has put itself in a position to be aggressive in this draft, and in the latest version of my mock (No. 9, one more to go!), it’s going to really shovel the chips in the center and go for the gusto.
For starters, the Browns are taking Garrett. There’s no debate about that. Passing on him and watching him turn into the next Von Miller is not an acceptable move, and it will absolutely get you fired.
But taking some of the capital you have available and packaging it to move up? That’s totally acceptable, and the San Francisco 49ers should be a great target for the Browns at No. 2.
For starters, there’s only one position that will guarantee the Browns a chance to get Trubisky and Garrett. Second, the 49ers should want to get out of that position and acquire more picks. The problem is there’s no incentive for other teams to come flying up. They’ll need to take less than “market value” (a.k.a. the Jimmy Johnson Trade Value Chart) to work a deal. But there’s a package out there that can make this work, especially considering the 49ers have so many needs.
Here’s the deal we’re proposing with the values of Chase Stuart’s Trade Value Chart (a modern twist) and Johnson’s chart next to each one:
No. 2 overall pick (30.2 C.S., 2,600 J.J.)