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NFL Draft: Kiper, McShay have Browns taking Trubisky at No. 1

In their final submission prior to Thursday night’s NFL Draft, both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay offer “curveballs” for the first selection in their respective mock drafts. After months of predicting the Cleveland Browns would select edge rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick, both ESPN draftniks switch gears and plug in Mentor native Mitchell Trubisky.

From Kiper:

1. Cleveland Browns

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

How’s this for a curveball to begin the night? The thinking is the Browns get antsy about Trubisky being available at No. 12 and don’t find any takers to trade up. Could Cleveland ownership get involved and insist on a QB here? Remember, the Browns passed on Carson Wentz last year and really need a franchise-changer at the position. Myles Garrett is my No. 1-ranked prospect.

And from McShay:

1. Cleveland Browns

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Everything I hear suggests the Browns like Trubisky the best among the QBs. It’s unlikely he drops to No. 12, where Cleveland picks again. So the questions become: Take Myles Garrett here and try to trade back up for Trubisky? Or take the QB and address pass-rusher at No. 12? Fascinating decision.

Much like they did in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Browns front office has everyone guessing.To be clear, here, neither Kiper nor McShay feel the Browns should take Trubisky at No. 1—they’re just reading the tea leaves. For what it’s worth, McShay went on live following the publication of his mock saying it was literally an 11th hour move.

“At 11 o’clock last night, I was sitting there and I had a very different order,” said McShay. “I had Myles Garrett going at No. 1 and then I got a phone call from a friend in the league who asked ‘Are you hearing what I’m hearing? Are they going to mess it up?’ I made another call, and another call, and then at 11:30 I’m sitting there with a whole new order. I think it’s a mistake if they go with Trubisky at No. 1. They could probably get him at [No.] 12 or move back up a few spots. But if they, as an organization, decide that he’s the guy to finally end the trouble, then go ahead—take him. Persoanlly I think you take Garrett who is a potential difference maker and then find where that pressure point is to move up in order to go find [Trubisky].”

Kiper has the Browns landing Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore at No. 12 while McShay has them making up for passing on Garrett by taking Tennessee’s Derek Barnett.