Cleveland Browns Current Draft and Offseason Talk

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

With the NFL Draft only a few weeks away there have been numerous trade rumors swirling along with a vast number of different predictions on who and or what the Browns will do with the number 5 overall pick.

First off let’s talk about all of the trade talk and rumors that are going around at this time.

Braylon Edwards has been one of the hottest names being mentioned in possibly being dealt to the New York Giants along with some a few people saying that the Eagles and a dark horse Kansas City Chiefs may have some interest also.

I believe that this rumor has a great chance of being reality if the price is right.

The Giants seem to be the best fit for Edwards since they have extra picks, a 2nd and 5th from the Saints for Jeremy Shockey, and an abundance of young wide outs.

There was a rumor that the Giants contacted the Browns about Braylon Edwards and offered the 2nd and 5th round picks they received from New Orleans and their choice of WR Dominick Hixon or WR Mario Manningham.

The Browns were said to counter with former USC standout wide out Steve Smith instead of Hixon or Manningham but the Giants declined. 

These talks started before the Giants release of troubled WR Plaxico Burress and have heated up as the draft inches closer.

The Giants are in desperate need of a big play type player as Edwards has shown in the past he can be. With the loss of Burress and lifetime Giant Amani Toomer there is a big void at the receivers spot. I think that this trade has a great chance of happening before the draft with the Giants being the number one front runner.

There is a very slim chance the Eagles could get involved late offering draft picks.

I believe the Giants will pull of this trade somehow and land Edwards before the draft or on draft day.

Brady Quinn has had a very uncertain offseason with his name being mentioned in a number a trades.

The newest trade rumors is Quinn going to Denver for picks and a few whispers that Detroit may be interested in trading the number 20 overall pick to the Browns for Quinn so they could fill other needs at the number 1 spot.

If any trade rumor involving Quinn becomes true the Browns will probably be asking a high price with so much invested in him.

It would not make any sense at all for the Browns to trade Quinn after they invested two first round picks for him and a second without really giving him a shot but Eric Mangini seems to like the big arm of Derek Anderson and will do whatever it takes to better the team.

Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rodgers name has also been in quite a few trade scenarios to numerous teams. Bottom line is this will not happen period.

Rodgers is currently working out with Cleveland and seems to have buried the hatchet with head coach Eric Mangini.

To add to that it would financially not make sense since former GM Phil Savage gave Shaun Rodgers a brand new contract with guarantees.

Former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson would seem to be the odd man out if they Browns commit to Brady Quinn and would likely want out anyways.

The Browns in my opinion the Browns should move Derek Anderson before the draft even though they will take a nice cap hit.  My reasoning is that it will be bad for either QB that doesn’t win the starting spot and that would most likely cause more of a controversy,

The bottom line is that Cleveland needs to decide before the draft who they believe is going to be the franchise quarterback and deal the other while the still have value.

Derek Anderson could fit in well in Detroit, and maybe even Minnesota.

If any team has any remote interest in Anderson I believe he will be dealt for a possible third round pick or a combo of second day picks.

The Browns have currently three picks in the first 50 selections and have many options.

One option is that the Brownies could try to trade down and collect multiple picks. If this were to happen there could be a chance of seeing players like LB Rey Mauluga, Brandon Crushing, and  Clay Mathews Jr. from USC or Beanie Wells being selected by Cleveland.  It really depends who is there when the Browns are on the clock and the best available when the Browns were to make their first selection.

If the Browns are stuck keeping the fifth overall pick they will have an interesting route to go.

Many mock drafts have the Browns selecting  in the first round players like  LB Aaron
WR Curry  from Wake Forrest, CB Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State,  DE Brian Orakpo out of Texas, Michael Crabtree from Texas Tech to name a few.

Look for the Browns to take WR Michael Crabtree with their number five overall pick. I believe that WR Braylon Edwards will be traded and if Crabtree is still there. I do not see Cleveland passing up on arguably the most talented player in the draft unless they are able to trade down.

One other player that is also arguable is DE Brian Orakpo from Texas assuming Aaron Curry is off the board as projected. Orakpo gives me some question marks at such a high spot to pick. Mangini may be reminded of Vernon Gholston who was drafted high last year when he coached the Jets. Some believe Orakpo might be a workout warrior and a gamble with making the transition from defensive end to linebacker like Gholston and not a worth risking the number five overall pick on.

With the NFL Draft counting down anything is possible in Cleveland. Look for a few big moves to be made prior to or on draft day. The Browns front office will look to do whatever they think will help the team and there no player safe in the locker room.

Browns fans better hope that they don’t have another Butch Davis era and that’s Eric Mangini and GM George Kokinos know what they are doing.

Browns faithful there is only ten days of suspense and rumors left and anything could happen so brace yourselves for an interesting next ten days.