Browns GM Sashi Brown told reporters at the Scouting Combine on Wednesday that they will “responsibly listen” to trade offers for the No. 1 overall pick.
“We’re going to responsibly listen to any opportunities that are out there,” Brown said, via ESPN.com. “I think we have to do that.”
Although, Brown did say that “it’s not a design” of the team to pursue a trade.
“We would have to wait and see what might come, and what player might be available there, as we get through this process,” he said.
There isn’t a quarterback deemed to be worthy of the top pick in this year’s draft, which would obviously impact what the Browns could get for the pick.
However, Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is considered to be the best player in the draft and happens to play a premium position, so the possibility at least exists that some team could be interested in moving up to get him.
Cleveland traded out of the No. 2 spot last year, despite the fact that they could have taken Carson Wentz with the pick. Brown mentioned that he doesn’t regret making the move, even though they’re still in need of a long-term solution at quarterback.
The Browns have a stockpile of draft picks to work with this year, so it’s not as though they need to load up on future assets.
In fact, you could make the case that the Browns need more blue-chip talent and would be better off coming away from this year’s draft with someone like Garrett than moving back and picking up some more picks.
We’ll have more regarding the Browns possibly trading the No. 1 overall pick as the news is available.