2018 NFL Draft Rumors: Browns Willing to Trade No. 4 Overall Pick While on Clock

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

FILE - In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey answers questions about the draft during a news conference at the NFL football team's training camp facility, in Berea, Ohio. With the NFL draft quickly approaching, the team’s die-hard supporters, and there have been few groups in NFL history to suffer like this one has the past two seasons, are divided over which of the top four college QBs the team should select.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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The Cleveland Browns reportedly are willing to trade the No. 4 overall pick but "only when they are on the clock, not before the pick and they don't want to go down too far," according to Michael Lombardi of The Ringer.

The Browns control the top of the draft board Thursday night, holding the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in the first round. In total, the team has five of the first 64 picks in this year's draft.

The Browns' draft plans remain unclear, though Thursday's buzz suggested the team would select Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick: 

If that holds true, the Browns will have a number of routes they could go at No. 4. They could stay put and draft the top player on their board, or they could dangle the pick to the top bidders. 

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes the Browns could get a bounty in return if one particular scenario plays out: 

In that scenario, Mayfield is likely off the board at No. 1, the New York Giants either keep their pick—ostensibly to draft running back Saquon Barkley—or trade it to a team seeking Josh Allen, and the New York Jets select Josh Rosen third. 

That would leave Sam Darnold on the board at No. 4, one pick ahead of the quarterback-needy Denver Broncos. In that scenario, it's hard to imagine a bidding war wouldn't emerge for the right to select Darnold, putting the Browns in a pretty incredible position. 

That leverage puts the Browns in a fascinating situation, and the possible intrigue into that No. 4 pick may be playing a factor in the team's smoke screens at No. 1, as Chris B. Brown of Smart Football suggested: 

Without question, the Browns are going to be the team to watch Thursday night, as they hold two incredibly valuable chips.

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