With the NFL Draft fast approaching and mock drafts popping up left and right, teams are starting to narrow down their draft boards and fine tune their draft plans.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch declared that the team is “open for business”in regards to the 2nd overall pick in the draft.
“There’s the traditional trade chart. We’ve got one of our own. We know how we value that. As I’ve said, we’re open for business. We’ll listen to anything,” Lynch said Wednesday, per KNBR-AM.
“But I’ve always said you don’t like being a 2-14 team, but you like having the second pick. Because I think it puts you in the driver’s seat. A lot of options at your disposal. And we’ll explore every single one of them.”
It’s easy to speculate on which teams may be interested in moving up in a trade with the 49ers, but one team that may be at the top of that list are the Cleveland Browns.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently reported that the Browns are debating on just who to pick with the #1 overall pick.
Cleveland has not made up its mind at No. 1, per source. Split opinions. Some like Myles Garrett, some like Mitchell Trubisky. We will see.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2017
According to sources, Cleveland is one of the teams interested in moving up to the 49ers 2nd overall pick slot, which would give the Browns the 1st and 2nd overall pick in the draft.
If Cleveland doesn’t believe they can work out a trade with the New England Patriots for quarterback Jimmy Garropolo, which is seeming like the case, the Browns will use their plentiful draft ammunition to move up to 2nd pick.
In that scenario the Browns can take Garrett, widely considered a game-changing defensive prospect and Trubisky, who they can groom as their quarterback of the future.
Cleveland’s indecisiveness could lead them to make one of the boldest draft moves in recent history.