Brown said "no" when asked if the team will trade for a veteran quarterback.
Would the Browns make the big move to guarantee themselves the top 2 players they covet?
"Could we in theory? Yes. Yes", he said after standing at the podium. But are we planning on it or is that the plan? He had an explosive year, but played in a spread offense that will require him to adapt if he's expected to play in Cleveland's system. Brown, who has the most leverage in the draft, telling the world a team called about the No. 1 pick to take a quarterback could be created to get a team to increase its trade offer and/or push another prospect down the board.
Garrett appears to be the head of that rookie group.
The Browns were 31 of 32 franchises previous year in total defense, so I think Garrett would also be a good fit. Garrett is a rare blend of size and speed, and with the Browns struggling on defense for the last decade-plus, he is just the kind of player need to upgrade the unit.
He's the consensus top player available, and the Browns will have first crack at him.
Garrett is presumed to be Cleveland's top choice as well, and the team has done its homework on the 21-year-old, putting him through a private workout and getting to know him on a personal level.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. This is the Browns we are talking about, so anything can happen, but let's assume Garrett is coming to Cleveland for the sake of this article. "We think no matter how prepared you are, there's always a lot of uncertainty in the draft".
"He's a positive young man, bright, very competitive".
On April 27, the 2017 NFL Draft will take place in the City of Brotherly Love, as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will play host to the event. However, needless to say, this was not the franchise QB pick the Browns needed.
Players were graded on strengths and weaknesses, with a pro-player comparison added to match the prospect's style or fit in the pros. "There is no such thing as a flawless player". Perhaps it's true. But it could also be an attempt to drum up trade interest given Cleveland has the first and 12th overall selection in Round 1.
That leaves the Browns with the No. 12 overall pick Thursday night, and plenty of ammunition to move up from that No. 12 spot if necessary.
The team has already brought in Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes and North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky for pre-draft visits, and now it's Davis Webb's turn to visit the team at their Florham Park training facility. We try to figure out how we can optimize the three days, particularly the first two where you can predict a little more. We've said the draft is going to be the pipeline.
"We've narrowed it down", Brown said. When you do that over time with a good plan, strategy and alignment, you are going to be good in this league. "We think we're positioned to be able to do that without impacting our draft much".