NFL Draft: Tom Heckert Prefers Browns Stay in Top Eight

Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert confirmed reports that the team has had multiple inquiries regarding a potential trade up to the fourth-overall spot in the upcoming NFL Draft, a position currently in possession.

Heckert, via The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, stated that while the team will likely stay in their current position, as opposed to trading down for the second consecutive year, the team would not be likely to entertain any move that would position the Browns outside of the top eight selections while placing zero probability on moving up to the third-overall selection presently owned by the Minnesota Vikings.

“There are five players we really like,” Heckert reportedly said. With quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III essentially locked in the top two spots, and Minnesota all but guaranteed to take offensive tackle Matt Kalil,  the Browns will likely have their choice of Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

The Browns had reported interest in free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, but both players accepted offers from the Washington Redskins on the heals of their blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams, providing them the second-overall selection.

[Related: NFL free agency is far from over for the Browns]

(Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

  • deuce

    I bet they trade with Miami for Tannehill, get the extra picks, and get the best available at 8.

  • dan

    It’s unclear to me why Miami would do this, with Browns seemingly uninterested in Tannehill and nobody at 5, 6 or 7 likely to take him, nor any realistic prospects for another team to trade ahead of Miami. If Tannehill’s their guy, Miami seems almost certain to get him just by staying put.

  • 216in614

    He probably shouldn’t be telegraphing his passes like this. Now Miami knows it can just stand pat. The only way you get them to trade up is by claiming a lower team is looking to trade up.

  • Stinkfist

    Shame on you… you should know better than this.  You honestly can’t take anything seriously coming out of GMs mouths this time of year. Maybe he really does want to stay in the top 8, but what if he is looking to get more from a trade with someone in the mid/high-teens?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron


    “I said in the press that I really want to stay in the Top 8, so you better make it doubly worth my while #14.”

  • Harv 21

    Saying he really likes 5 players may just be designed to get someone at 7 or 8 nervous that Heckert’s eyeing someone they’re lusting after. There’s no reason for him to signal his true intent; He’s just splashing around in the silly season puddle to check which of the other children might splash back on draft day.

    This has the makings of the most impactful draft since ’99 if the  Browns just keep a steady hand. Not only are they sitting pretty at #4, where they’ll grab a great player unless they get a favorable swap, you know someone unexpected is growing to drop down to #22 for no good reason. It happens every year. This is great. If we were sitting at #8 and 26 we’d be rueing the extra meaningless wins that cost us a players we’ll be able to grab now.

  • TSR3000

    Really hoping a team in the top 20 picks is dumb enough to to give up two firsts and a second to get Claiborne or Blackmon.  I would love four first day picks this year. We can draft four starters- WR, OT, LB, CB/RB.

  • in other mkc-reported bombshells:

    Heckert said he expects the Browns to be “signficantly better” (sic) after the draft, in which the Browns have three picks in the top 37.”

    [i love emm-kay’s quotation mark usage.  lol.]

    so.. yeah.  im fired up!

  • kjn

    In her favor, at least it wasn’t “ESPN reports that Heckert said he expects the Browns to be “signficantly (sic) better” after the draft, in which the Browns have three picks in the top 37″.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kind of ironic Randy Lerner isn’t at the owner’s meeting no?  Well maybe not.

  • Riki-Oh

    For what it’s worth, here is an NYT take on Tannehill. I still think we need some weapons other than QB, but it is an interesting article: 

  • Modellsux

    That’s an article they picked up from Matt Waldmans blog. http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2012/03/12/why-ryan-tannehill-is-a-first-round-prospect/

  • Natedawg86

    Looks like we will be trading with the dolphins so they can get tannehill…

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