Love them or hate them, the Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi duo set the Browns up to have a huge offseason. It won’t be either of the former team employees making the decision on draft day, though.
That charge falls on former assistant general manager Ray Farmer. He steps into a dream scenario with a young and talented team, cap space, and those 10 valuable picks. It’s not hard to understand why he passed up the chance to land the Miami Dolphins GM position.
Two first-round picks are just the beginning of the opportunities staring Farmer in his face. Assuming no trades are made, he’ll also get to select five total prospects before Day 3 of the draft even begins.
His situation gets even better. According to CBS Sports’ Joel Corry, the Browns also have $46.58 million in salary cap space to work with after carrying over a league-most $24.19 million from last season.
Farmer has the tools to pull off a Kansas City Chiefs-like turnaround, especially with six Pro Bowl players potentially returning next season.
Will he do it by sticking with his 10 picks and current roster, or will the new GM be bold and make a deal before the draft process is complete?
We’ll look at five realistic trade scenarios in the following slides that should be on his radar this offseason.