Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement regarding their decision to trade the No. 2 overall pick to the Eagles.
“We are excited about owning 12 picks heading into this year’s draft and acquiring the high future picks in 2017 and 2018,” said Brown. “These picks will play a major role in building our team for long-term sustained success. We want to assemble a young nucleus of talented players and this trade positions us really well. There is a good depth of talent in the first round and we felt we could make a larger impact to our roster by adding more draft picks and that’s why we made the decision to trade down.”
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that they’ve agreed to a trade with the Browns for the No. 2 overall pick.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 20, 2016
“By making the initial trade with Miami earlier this offseason and with this trade today with Cleveland, we feel that we have put ourselves in the best possible position to draft an impact player,” said Howie Roseman. “We will now focus our energy on the next step.”
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Adam Schefter mentioned that Eagles were trying to close the deal with the Browns for the No. 2 overall pick and were hoping to have a deal completed today.
As of now, the consensus is that Jared Goff is likely headed to the Rams at No. 1 overall, which means the Eagles have likely positioned themselves to take Carson Wentz at the No. 2 spot.
Many have wondered why the Eagles would make this move after they signed Sam Bradford to a two-year, $35 million with $ 22 guaranteed just over a month ago and signed Chase Daniel to a respectable contract. However, it appears as though they’re very high on both Goff and Wentz’s potential to be star quarterback in the NFL.
As for Cleveland, this is a pretty good haul that will give them a lot of draft picks to rebuild their roster over the next few years.
In fact, Dane Brugler mentions that the Browns could still trade out of the No. 8 spot and look to control more of the 2017 draft.
The Browns now have 12 picks to work with in the 2016 draft, which is currently tied with the 49ers for the most selections.