Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com reports that the Browns and Broncos have been contacting teams about trading up from picks No. 31 and 32 respectively.
According to Campbell, one team that both teams have spoken to about potential trades is the Packers, who hold the No. 27 overall pick.
There’s an obvious appeal to moving into the latter portion of round one, which is that first-round picks come with fifth-year options that can prove to be very valuable, particularly for quarterbacks.
The Vikings took this approach with Teddy Bridgewater a few years ago, and it would make sense for the Browns to consider this approach if they’re really looking to grab a quarterback in round two.
As for the Broncos, Campbell’s sources have said that Denver would like to come away from the draft with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. However, the problem is that many do not think he’ll be available to them at that point in round one.
By trading up with the Packers, Campbell points out that they could ensure that Lynch doesn’t end up with the Chiefs.
It’s unlikely that any trades will take place between now and the start of the draft next Thursday, but you can expect plenty of phone calls to be made to gauge their available options.
We’ll have more regarding potential draft trades as the news is available.