I guess they didn't wait until draft day after. On Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have traded the No. 2 overall pick of the draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. You won't believe what the Browns got in return.
Philadelphia Eagles Get:
- 1st round pick (No. 2 overall) in 2016
- 4th round pick in 2017
Cleveland Browns Get:
- 1st round pick (No. 8 overall) in 2016
- 3rd round pick (No. 77 overall) in 2016
- 4th round pick (No. 100 overall) in 2016
- 1st round pick in 2017
- 2nd round pick in 2018
For the Browns only having to move back six picks in this year's draft, they are making out like a bandit. We've seen the Browns get some outstanding value by trading down in previous drafts, but those regimes have ended up blowing all of the picks. Trading down is not a bad thing; now it's just about making sure the latest regime actually picks the right players for Hue Jackson to work with.
This doesn't kill the idea of the Browns taking a quarterback in this year's draft, but it does kill the idea of the team landing either QB Carson Wentz or QB Jared Goff. If the team stays at No. 2 overall, though, at least two of these players, and probably more, will still be available at No. 8 overall: DB Jaleney, DE Joey Bosa, OT Laremy Tunsil, OLB Myles Jack, DE DeForest Buckner, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Laquon Treadwell, CB Vernon Hargreaves.
Here is a summary of the trade parameters in visual form: