Browns draft plans remain unchanged, trade possible

GM John Dorsey open to making more deals

Daryl Ruiter
March 16, 2018 - 12:54 pm
Browns general manager John Dorsey

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - John Dorsey wasted no time this week taking a sledgehammer to the Browns' 0-16 roster and putting his own stamp on it.

Dorsey has already orchestrated five trades, signed seven players and released nine others since the new league year kicked off Wednesday afternoon.

With the primary splash made this week, the focus turns to the NFL Draft and what he and the Browns have up their sleeve with the first and fourth picks, including the possibility of making another trade.

“I am always open for business. Call my phone,” Dorsey said Thursday echoing comments made last month at the NFL combine about his willingness to field offers for both picks.

Of Cleveland's nine draft picks, only three of them are their original picks following trades made by Dorsey as well as his predicessor, former executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 

Despite adding quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and naming him the starter this season, the Browns are positioned to pick another QB with the No. 1 overall pick. Dorsey will choose between USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. 

"You never know what is going to happen in the draft," Dorsey said. "Having Tyrod Taylor in this organization, I know one thing – he has been to the playoffs. He understands how to do it. He has lead men. For him to be here, that is exciting. We will see. When we get to the draft, we will see that component. We will see what happens there.”

Even with the additions this week, from Dorsey's perspective, nothing has changed as far as his preparation or approach to April. 

“I think you never want to go into a draft hamstrung in terms of being forced to do this or forced to make a bad move up here," Dorsey said. "If you can have the assets to play in free agency and you are lucky enough to get certain players that can improve the organization, you make moves like that because that will help in changing your mindset and thinking as you approach the draft.”

While the value of selecting a running back early in the draft can be questioned, Dorsey has not taken Penn State's Saquon Barkley off his board after signing Carlos Hyde to a three-year, $15 million deal.

“You can’t have enough good football players," Dorsey said. "I think with Carlos, I have always liked what he does. I think he is built to play the Cleveland Browns’ style of running game. The draft is so far down the road. We are just at the second phase of that as we get closer to the spring workouts and we get everybody back in that room together and just finalize our draft board. That is to be determined down the road.”

Dorsey has maintained tremendous flexibility, especially with the fourth pick and if a QB-hungry team wants to pay a king's ransom for it, naturally he'll be willing to listen.