NFL Draft: Browns trade 5th round pick to Colts for 4th rounder in 2014

The Browns have traded away a pick for the second time in the 2013 draft, sending their 2013 5th rounder to Indianapolis in exchange for the Colts’ 4th round pick in 2013. The Browns now have traded out of the 2013 draft twice in favor of adding a higher valued pick in 2014. Cleveland also tradrf their 4th round selection for Pittsburgh’s 3rd rounder next year.

This is frustrating for Browns fans who see lots of holes on the team’s roster and want them filled immediately.Through five rounds Cleveland has only added three players, the two selections of Barkevious Mingo and Leon McFadden, and Davone Bess through a trade with Miami.

Seattle traded up two picks ahead of Cleveland at 139 to give them both picks 137 and 138, selecting DT Jesse Williams out of Alabama and CB Tharold Simon out of LSU. Simon, a teammate of Browns’ first round selection Barkevious Mingo at LSU was thought to be a possible target of Cleveland who despite drafting Leon McFadden in the 3rd round is still weak at cornerback.

[Related: Browns add Bess and McFadden, pass on Honey Badger]

  • BenRM



    I really like the flexibility they are giving themselves next year. If there’s a player they covet next year, they are going to have the extra picks to be able to trade up. They just improved two of their picks by about 30 picks just by waiting it out a season. And since they did sign quite a few guys this offseason already, drafting depth wasn’t as necessary as previous years. Still hope they pick up a safety, and their are about 7 or 8 left on the board that are rated pretty good. Other than having to sit through these 4th and 5th rounds and not see a Brown pick, I’m happy with these moves.



    Fans will be upset, but this is similar to what the Cavs are doing, except the Browns are signing some good free agents and will be much improved next season and at the same time are stock piling future draft picks that can be used in a multitude of ways (trade up in draft, draft more players, trade for players). The Browns know they aren’t ready to compete for a Superbowl.

  • If I were a Browns fan, I’d like these moves. Next year they are gonna be all over the draft board.

  • Again, it’s always wait until next year. I had hoped from more from the Haslam regime, I really did but they seem to have gone back into the same old Browns “trend”. Would it be nice to have multiple picks next year? Sure, but will we? There is absolutely “no guarantee” that we won’t trade away picks next year as well. How long must we wait to at least be given some “hope”? This was the chance to grab a hold of the fans, to make some later round decent selections and bring in some good young players to mix in with the squad we now have. Now that won’t happen. There were plenty of good prospects left at the spots we traded away. Just look at the picks teams we traded with made as well as the picks other teams made after those we traded away. You can’t build a winner without players and you definitely cannot give a years draft away like we did as we will be playing “catch up” for years to come. I seriously wonder if we have the ability to judge prospects and make the best choices. If we were capable would we really have made the trades? I don’t think so at all! What a shame, what a waste.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Yeah that 5th rounder this year was really going to take us to that next level….

  • jewpants47

    makes for a disappointing draft for fans, but there’s no value in that. The two super bowl teams had the most picks in this years, the Patriots seem to always have multiple 1st and 2nd round picks… some how the rich get richer, and teams that stick to the vanilla draft process continue to suck.
    I like the move, lots of flexibility for the next season and next draft. Long term planning and positioning that will make us players in the future.

  • Hypno_Toad

    I don’t understand the whiny members of our fan base sometimes. Last season our major acquisition was Frostee Rucker, so yeah we needed every single draft pick we could get our hands on to add value to the team. This year we got Kruger, Bryant, Groves, Campbell, and Bess. Do we really need seven rookies on top of that?

    They added significant talent to the team this year through FA and in the first few rounds of the draft. Now if they can take this late picks this year and turn them into something more valuable next year why not do it?

    Get your heads out of your asses. This thing won’t be turned around in one year.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Seems to me they are setting themselves up to have the ability to make a big deal next year, if they want/need to. Read: If Weeden can’t get the job done, we are selling the farm for the best QB in the 2014 draft.

  • Natedawg86

    Haha we may have top pick anyway

  • Natedawg86

    Are u lost?

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I’ve been a Browns fan for all of my 33 years, so I understand the ingrained pessimism. But do you honestly believe that this team is the worst in the NFL? There will be a little bit of learning curve with the new coaches and systems, but this team is noticeably more talented than last years, in my opinion.

    Weeden has no excuses this year. Good O-Line, Good RB, Good Offensive coordinator. Average at worst WR corp. If he doesn’t succeed this year, it’s on him…and we find a replacement. Best QB in next year’s draft would be most logical.

  • BenRM

    I want an Oompa Loompa now, Hypno_Toad

  • I can’t imagine how any Browns fan would be upset with these moves. According to almost everyone this was a down year for talent across the board. Why waste our picks on guys that are only decent? Why not stock up picks for the possibility of a better draft next year?

  • zonk

    This thing won’t be turned around in one year. Sincerely the 4-12 1998 St Louis Rams who won the Super Bowl the following year.

  • NeedsFoodBadly

    Exactly. Building a solid foundation.

  • 4th and 5th could have helped. I guess Baltimore and San Francisco must be doing it all wrong then, right?

  • Hypno_Toad

    And lord knows if they traded their 4th and 5th round picks in the 1999 draft that never would have happened.

  • Hypno_Toad

    And how do you think San Fran stockpiles all of those picks?

  • They get them from teams like the Browns.

  • There is no guarantee that next years draft will be better just like there is no guarantee that we could have ended up with help from the picks we traded away. The problem I have with this is there were players left that will be helping teams, there is every year, but you have to be able to pick them. It seems like this move is more about not knowing who to choose then there being anyone left to choose.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL they just finished the draft and haven’t played a single game in 2013 and we’re already talking about the possibility of another new QB in 2014!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nah the Browns aren’t that bad which is both fortunate and unfortunate frankly. They keep avoiding being the worst by just enough draft picks to miss out on opportunities to maximize their position. A la the basketball team which I refuse to mention by name!

  • Hypno_Toad

    I’m not here to talk about teams that are like the Browns. I’m here to talk about the Browns.

    And this year we used our 2nd to get our #1 receiver, swapped 3rd/4th with Miami to get a guy who has averaged 63 catches a year, and used our 4th/5th to get 3rd/4th next year.

    These are all good moves. I’m sure you’d rather draft more Jason Pinkstons, Eric Haggs, and Larry Asantes this year in the late rounds though. Makes sense.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Agreed on Weeden lets all hope he does well enough to end the constant QB conversation allowing this team to concentrate in one of the many other areas of need.

  • You asked a question and I answered it. I never said the Gordon deal was not good, in fact it was a very good move. i never said The Devon Besse deal was bad either. What I did say was that i did not like trading our 4th and 5th round picks for next years picks. i would like to have seen picks made in those spots this year to try to fill holes for this coming season. Also, do you really believe there is no talent in the later rounds? it’s there and its found every year by teams, usually “good, playoff teams”. There are good and even great players to be found in the late rounds. Take a look back through the years, those picks provided teams with many pro-bowl players.
    Also, every fan has a right to their opinion, I do, you do, everyone does. “Whiny”? Why, because someone doesnt agree with you?

  • TSR3000

    Dude. Shut up.

  • Hypno_Toad

    You’re free to your opinion and you’re free to disagree. For me I draw the line between whiny and an opposing opinion when I see people complaining about things that aren’t even issues.

    How do Baltimore and San Fran get extra picks?

    “They get them from teams like the Browns.”

    Your exact words. I don’t see how this is a complaint considering the offseason that was just put behind this team. This is complaining for the sake of complaining. It has nothing to do with the current state of the team or ANY issues that we’re facing. And it’s this type of WHINING that I’m tired of with our fan base. It’s almost as hard to put up with as the poor performance from the team itself.

    I swear that deep down some of us don’t want the team to get better because we’re having too much fun complaining.

  • Again, I was talking about the 2 picks that were traded and “only” the two picks that were traded as I would liked to have seen them used to try to fill some holes. Period.