According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Cleveland Browns could be looking to maneuver down from their No. 8 pick and up from their No. 32 pick, with one of the resulting first-rounders being used on Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Coincidentally, Cook just went No. 32 overall to the Browns in our community mock draft, a pick that received mixed reviews.
If the Browns were able to move down from the No. 8 pick, they could likely use whatever extra compensation they receive in that deal to move up from the No. 32 pick, which means they wouldn't really lose any picks that they currently own. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports identified two targets for the Browns if they were to move down from No. 8: WR Laquon Treadwell and OT Jack Conklin:
Several rival executives believe the Browns will in fact accomplish that goal given their degree of motivation. The objective? To get from the No. 8 pick to somewhere in the teens with the primary intension of selecting Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell, although Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin would be viewed as a safe target as well, should he be there, sources said.
If the Browns landed Treadwell or Conklin around the No. 15 pick, I think it'd be a solid start to the draft for the team. They would have gotten a Day 1 starter who are among the top players at their position, all while accumulating a ton of assets. However, I'd then be against trading up to take Cook. I'm not sold on the fact that he can be a franchise quarterback, and if the team wasn't willing to go with either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, presumably because they want to build pieces around a quarterback first, then why bid so high on a guy who would be penciled in as a backup to start his career?