5. The Cleveland Browns stay put
Some of the other trades I’ve suggested here have hinged on the Cleveland Browns putting their pick at No. 4 on the block, but in reality, the best thing for the future health of the franchise would be for them to keep both No. 1 and No. 4 to themselves.
General manager John Dorsey revealed that the Browns haven’t gotten any legitimate trade offers for the No. 1 overall pick — so, essentially, they’re keeping it. He also reportedly told head coach Hue Jackson which player will hear his name called at No. 1 overall.
Now, that doesn’t mean the Browns won’t get offers for their No. 4 pick that will be tempting. Plenty of teams in desperate need of a quarterback have that selection circled on their draft boards, assuming that the Browns could be tempted to move down anywhere from six to 10 spots. But in truth, there are still franchise-changing players sure to be on the board for Cleveland at No. 4 — and if that’s Bradley Chubb, the Browns wold be crazy to pass on the chance to line him up opposite Myles Garrett and watch opponents shake in their boots.
Cleveland isn’t going to the Super Bowl anytime soon, but the tide is beginning to turn. The Browns can speed up that process by getting legitimate stars at No. 1 and No. 4.