Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net is hearing that the Browns are the “front runners” and also the team working the hardest to trade up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
Sources tell Pauline that the Titans’ asking price for the No. 2 overall pick would require the Browns to part with their two first-round picks as well as their choice in the second round selection.
However, Cleveland reportedly is not willing to give up that much in return for Mariota.
Instead, the Browns would be willing to part with their two first-round picks for Maroita, but prefer to keep their second-round selection, as they’re hoping to add a receiver.
Majority of the buzz surrounding Mariota has involved the Chargers trading up for him in a package deal that would send Philip Rivers to Tennessee. Although, there are likely other teams in the mix as well such as the Jets, Rams and Eagles.
The Browns have made it clear that they will consider all options at quarterback, even after they used a first-round pick on Johnny Manziel last year and signed veteran QB Josh McCown to a three-year deal.
The consensus view still appears to be that the Buccaneers will take Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick, which leaves the Titans in a position to auction off the rights to Mariota.
We’ll have more updates regarding the Browns their draft plans as the news is available.