Mitchell Trubisky Reportedly Still Potential No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft by Browns

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Quarterback Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina throws during a passing drill on day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are reportedly seriously considering selecting North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns are ready to draft their quarterback of the future and may not want to risk losing him, especially with the San Francisco 49ers potentially having interest in taking Trubisky at No. 2.

The Browns have been widely expected to take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1, and general manager Sashi Brown said Wednesday that the organization would be "proud" to have him, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported April 13 that the Browns were deciding between Garrett and Trubisky with the top pick.

Cleveland also owns the No. 12 overall selection, which means it could land a quarterback there or potentially trade up.

The Browns have long struggled to find a franchise signal-caller, and their current top options under center are second-year man Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler, who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

Osweiler was initially expected to be released, but Brown said Wednesday that he is in line to compete for the starting job, per NFL.com's Marc Sessler. "We expect Brock to be here. He's in, done a good job, coming in the first couple days. Positive young man. He's got some ability and talent and we look forward to him trying to establish himself here and have a chance to compete to be the starting quarterback."

Since Osweiler has struggled to establish himself as a reliable starter, the draft is a logical place for the Browns to find an answer at quarterback.

Trubisky was only a full-time starter for one season at UNC, but he registered 3,748 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2016 to go along with 308 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

In his latest big board, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Trubisky as the No. 1 quarterback and No. 11 overall player in the draft.

Miller also projected in his latest mock draft that the Buffalo Bills will select Trubisky at No. 10.

 

 
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