Browns Draft Rumors: Cleveland Considering Mitch Trubisky with 1st Overall Pick

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 2, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to pass against The Citadel during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Trubisky said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, that he plans to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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The NFL Scouting Combine is when draft rumors kick into high gear, and as of Thursday, the Cleveland Browns are being linked to North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. 

Per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns are "strongly considering" Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft. 

B/R's Matt Miller confirmed Cabot's report, adding Browns head coach Hue Jackson "is rumored to love" Trubisky.

One reason for Jackson's strong stance on Trubisky is height. Cabot noted the Tar Heels star measured 6'2 " at the combine on Thursday.

"I think that's great,'' Jackson said at the combine, per Cabot. "It's good that he's over 6'2". We all have a profile for what we like a quarterback to be, and I think you kind of work through that. I like a guy that's a little taller, and he's over 6'2" so that's great for him."

Trubisky does have indirect ties to the Browns as a fan of the team growing up in Mentor, Ohio. His football bio on North Carolina's website said if he had the option to choose where he would play in the NFL, "it would be the Cleveland Browns."

The Browns had the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft but opted to trade it to the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected quarterback Carson Wentz. 

Conventional wisdom leading up to the draft so far has had the Browns drafting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick. 

Miller reported on Feb. 17 one NFL general manager referred to Garrett as the Andrew Luck of this year's draft class because of how superior his talent is compared to the rest of the group. 

After going 1-15 in 2016, the Browns can move in almost any direction with the first overall pick in an attempt to turn the franchise around. Another potential reason for liking Trubisky at that spot is that they also have the No. 12 overall pick as a result of that trade with the Eagles. 

Two first-round selections give the Browns an opportunity to address their need at quarterback, the most important position on the field, and add another high-impact player on either side of the ball later. 

There are still eight weeks to go before the NFL draft and a lot of workouts in front of scouts that will take place before anything definitive comes out. Trubisky's measurables have just given the Browns something to think about as the evaluation process continues. 


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