NFL Rumors: A Possible Draft Day Trade Partner for the Cleveland Browns

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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There have been recent reports that the Cleveland Browns may be interested in trading down in the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

Mike Holmgren recently said the team is open to the idea, and some have speculated that the Browns could possibly trade with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings or St. Louis Rams.

Jeff Shultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently wrote a column stating that the Atlanta Falcons should do whatever they can to get Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. The beat writer for the same paper, D. Orlando Ledbetter, went a step further and named the Cleveland Browns as a possible trade partner.

Ledbetter opined that the Falcons would give the Browns their first and second round picks in this year's draft as well as their first round selection next year.

The Falcons have the 27th and 59th picks in the first two rounds this April.

Several recent mock drafts have the Falcons selecting Georgia DE/OLB Justin Houston with the 27th pick. If the Browns did make the trade with the Falcons, Houston would be a likely target for them as well.

With the switch to the 4-3 defense, defensive end is certain to be a priority in this years' draft. Another possible target here could also be Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan.

Of course, for this deal to happen, the five teams drafting ahead of the Browns would have to pass on Green for him to still be available.

In any case, this is a situation to keep an eye on. It will certainly be very interesting to see what happens on draft day.