Browns Trade No. 2 Overall Pick in 2016 NFL Draft to Philadelphia Eagles

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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown addresses the media during a news conference in Berea, Ohio. The Browns are not in any rush to make a decision on quarterback Johnny Manziel’s future. Sashi Brown, the team’s newly appointed vice president of football operations, said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016,  the team is “not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him.”  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they've acquired the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the No. 8 overall pick, a 2016 third-round pick, a 2016 fourth-round pick, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports first reported a potential deal between the Browns and the Eagles.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reported on April 12 that the Browns could target a quarterback in Round 2 after moving back.

Choosing a quarterback outside the first round would at least lessen the pressure to play him right away, and it would allow Griffin to likely take the reins for a one-year audition in 2016.

Cleveland also has a veteran in Josh McCown who's among the best mentors a young QB could ask for. McCown registered a solid 93.3 passer rating in eight games last season and handled the circus that surrounded Johnny Manziel in exemplary fashion.

Since the team already had 10 draft picks, trading down to accrue more does give Cleveland more chances to get it right, but it threatens to water down the roster with inexperience. Developing all those younger players, even with strong leadership from head coach Hue Jackson and his staff, could be a tall task.

Cardale Jones is among several prospects with upside who could stand to use a year or two to sit and learn. The others include Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, who Bleacher Report's Matt Miller heard from an AFC West college scouting director is "firmly" slated to be a second- or third-round pick.

With the start of the draft just a little over a week away on April 28, though, this rumor could well be a smokescreen the Browns are putting out to see what impact it has around the league.

Worth noting: The past couple of times Cleveland has tried to maneuver its way around the draft, it hasn't worked out so well.

In 2011, the Browns made a deal with the Atlanta Falcons, giving up the rights to superstar receiver Julio Jones for a trove of horrendous picks in Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic and Brandon Weeden.

None of them are in Cleveland anymore—and the Browns' current No. 1 receiver is Brian Hartline.

The failed Manziel experiment was a product of the wheeling and dealing eventually fired Browns general manager Ray Farmer did on draft night in 2014. Farmer also moved around to acquire cornerback Justin Gilbert, and if not for Manziel's loud public persona, Gilbert may be viewed as an even bigger bust.

If recent history is any indication, Cleveland could fail in this recent move, but it's another effort by this franchise to gain some sort of traction in the AFC North.


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