The NFL Draft will start in just two weeks, and there will be plenty of trades. That's the nature of the draft, although those trades are very difficult to predict. One of the teams that could be movers early in the draft is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are picking at the start of the second round, a prime spot to trade up or down from.
To help determine the value of each pick and what it would cost, we're using the NFL trade value chart. While the trade values won't match up exactly, we tried to get them as close to even as possible. With that in mind, here are three trades the Browns could make in the NFL Draft.
3. Trade Up With Redskins
Redskins Get: No. 32 overall pick, 3rd round pick (No. 65 overall)
Browns Get: No. 21 overall pick, 4th round pick (No. 120 overall)
This deal actually works out pretty well in the trade value chart. The Redskins want more picks, and could get more by flipping the No. 65 overall pick later on in the draft. The Browns badly need WR help and moving up with Washington would give them a chance to take one of the best options. The Texans, Vikings and Bengals could all take a WR right after the Redskins pick, and the Browns would slide in front of them by making this deal.
2. Trade Down With The 49ers
49ers Get: No. 2 overall pick, 4th round pick (No. 99 overall)
Browns Get: No. 7 overall pick, 2nd round pick (No. 37 overall), 3rd round pick (No. 68)
With the Rams moving up to the No. 1 pick, the Browns' draft selection could be on the block, especially if the Rams take the QB the Browns wanted. The 49ers are one of several teams that could try to move up, and the Browns now have leverage. It's expensive to move up to the No. 2 overall pick, even if the 49ers are just going up five spots. The 49ers actually get more value in this trade, but adding two picks in the top 70 should be enough for the Browns to pull the trigger. While it would prevent the Browns from landing a Goff or Wentz, they'd still be able to add an impact player at No. 7 overall.
1. Trade Down At Start Of Second Round
I don't have a particular trade partner in mind, but the Browns could very well take the No. 32 overall pick and sell it to the highest bidder. The Browns would get a few quality picks in this year's draft for it, or even a first rounder in next year's draft. This year's first pick in the second round has extra value, since the Patriots don't have a first rounder. That basically gives the Browns two first round picks. Don't be surprised if they end up trading it. Teams will have plenty of time to stare at their draft between the end of the first round Thursday and the start of the second round Friday. There will be interest in the Browns' pick.