NFL Draft Rumors: Browns Not Trading Top Pick, Patriots Have Mixon Off Draft Board & More

The 2017 NFL Draft is one month away, and with most of the free agency frenzy over, most teams around the league have turned their full attention towards it. Here are all the latest draft news and rumors you need to know from around the league:

Browns not trading top pick
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said the team will not trade the top pick in the draft to try to get a quarterback, according to ESPN's Pat McManamon.

The Cleveland Browns would do anything to improve their quarterback position, coach Hue Jackson said Tuesday at the NFL's annual meetings.

Except one thing.

The Browns will not trade the first overall pick in the draft.

"No," Jackson said. "I can tell you no on that one."

Jackson, though, would be open to trading the Browns' second first-round pick (12th overall), and other picks, if that's what it would take to get the team help at quarterback.

"There's trade opportunities, hopefully," Jackson said when asked how the Browns could improve at the position next season.

The Browns are expected to pick Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick, then a quarterback at No. 12. Garrett was largely limited due to injuries over the past year, but still racked up 33 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 10 games. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder also forced two fumbles and recovered one.

Patriots have Mixon off draft board
The New England Patriots are looking for running back help in the draft with LeGarrette Blount still a free agent, but one player they will not draft is Oklahoma's Joe Mixon, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is continuing to maintain his strong stance against domestic violence abusers.

That’s why the Patriots absolutely will not even consider drafting Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon next month, according to a source. The controversial but talented back has been erased from their draft board because of his violent past.

Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 season following an incident in which he punched a woman in the face. He rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 carries while catching 37 passes for 538 yards and five more scores.

Dallas targeting defensive players in the draft
With plenty of stars on the offensive side of the ball, the Dallas Cowboys plan to use most of their draft picks up upgrade several positions of need on defense, according to team vice president Stephen Jones.

"There is a little bit of method to the madness here," Jones said Sunday at the NFL's Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, via the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys watched corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne and safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox depart via free agency, while adding only CB Nolan Carroll.

Expect Dallas to add secondary help during April's draft, which is deep at the corner position.

"Right now, going into the draft, we feel really good about our numbers,'' Jones said. "But at the same time we feel this is going to be a great opportunity for us to improve on the defensive side of the ball.

"It just so happens we feel the draft is inordinately strong on the defensive side of the ball.''

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