It turns out that the New York Jets weren’t the only team to express interest in the Cleveland Browns’ No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft. Before the Jets managed to complete their trade with the Indianapolis Colts to move up from the No. 6 pick to No. 3, they had reportedly contacted the Browns about the availability of the No. 1 selection.
But that’s not the only call that Browns general manager John Dorsey has apparently fielded about the pick.
On Monday’s Dan Patrick Show, Dan Patrick said that the Buffalo Bills contacted the Browns about the top pick in the draft, in addition to the Jets.
Dan Patrick says on @dpshow the #Bills have contacted #Browns about No. 1 pick in draft. Was reported over the weekend #Jets called before moving up to 3. John Dorsey said to call & teams are.— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) March 19, 2018
And, not long after, NFL insider Benjamin Allbright reported that the Denver Broncos have also inquired about the No. 1 pick, with Allbright adding that, “Thus far the Browns have been a solid ‘no’ about trading the pick.”
The Bills aren't the only team to have contacted the Browns about moving to #1.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 19, 2018
The Jets did before moving up, the Broncos have as well.
Thus far the Browns have been a solid "no" on moving the pick.
The Jets, Broncos and Bills are among the teams presumed to have heavy interest in the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft; however, the Browns are as well, and though Cleveland also possesses the fourth-overall pick, the aggressive moves by the Jets as well as Buffalo (who added a second first-round selection by trading Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals) are strong indicators that the Browns may not have pick of the passer litter should they not stand pat at No. 1.
While it’s not out of the question that the Browns could eventually find an offer for the top pick that proves more than satisfactory, it doesn’t seem like they are ready to make the draft a bit less stressful for the other teams searching for their respective quarterbacks of the future.
Dorsey’s door may be “wide open” for teams trying to trade all the way up to No. 1, but it doesn’t appear that it’s as open as we may have thought, particularly when it comes to potential trade partners targeting the position the Browns are prioritizing more than the others.