Free agency is winding down and the attention of all NFL sides have fully turned to the 2015 Draft that starts on Thursday.
The Cleveland Browns haven't had the best of off-seasons to put it lightly, especially in the quarterback department.
Johnny Manziel spent about 2 months in rehab after his shocking rookie season, while Brian Hoyer decided he'd rather fight for a starting job in Houston rather than almost certainly be number one in Cleveland, with the very poor Josh McCown being the only player coming. However, that could all change at the Draft.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Browns have reached out and contacted the Washington Redskins about trading up for the 5th overall pick.
The Browns hold the 12th and 19th picks in the first round of the draft, giving them the trade chips necessary to make a move up in the selection order if needed.
What’s more, the Browns have shown they are willing to make a deal; they were involved in three of the five first-round trades in 2014, two of which saw the arrival of Justin Gilbert and the aforementioned Manziel.
Manziel struggled as a rookie, badly, which makes the quarterback position something of a need for the Browns right now, with only McCown left on the depth chart. Moving up to the 5th overall pick could see the Browns well in front of the opportunity to land Marcus Mariota, the current Heisman winner.
The Browns would jump at the chance to pick up Mariota, a potential game changing playmaker at the heart of the offense. The former Oregon man would easily have the chance to become the starting quarterback, and more than likely he wouldn't waste it like Manziel.
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