John Dorsey keeping options open for round 1 of draft

Trading back into the first round remains strong possibility for Browns GM

Daryl Ruiter
April 18, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey doesn’t like to talk much about being aggressive when it comes to roster building.

Since taking over the Browns, aggressive is the best way to describe how Dorsey has resurrected the franchise in just 16 months by making 17 trades – the biggest one being for Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon that left him without a first-round pick in next week’s NFL Draft – and gutting the roster.

With the Browns scheduled to not go on the clock until 49th overall Friday night, it would be surprising if Dorsey just sat on his hands and didn’t find his way into the back end of round one Thursday night.

“If I deem it will help the Cleveland Browns, surely, I’ll do that if it helps the organization moving forward,” Dorsey said. “But the compensation on the back end can’t be outrageous. It’s gotta work on both sides.”  

Dorsey has his eye on multiple players that potentially could fall to the back end of the first round or into the top end of the second round that he feels would be worth moving up for.

As every front office does leading up to the draft, Dorsey will hold draft simulations with the personnel department starting on Monday to work through potential scenarios and opportunities for maneuverability that might arise next Thursday night.

“You always do your due diligence and just see what’s the possibility of going up? What’s the possibility of going back?” Dorsey said.

“We do hypotheticals and then we just, you know, we’ll ask, OK, what happens if this player is here? What do you think about this? This? You know, you’ll move the draft board around and then eliminate some guys and then say, ‘How about if these three guys are here? And if we had to move up, what do you think would it cost?’ Little games like that.”

The motive for Dorsey to get back into round one would be two-fold – first, quality of player and second, that fifth year option that comes with first round contracts as opposed to the standard four-year deals that come with draft picks taken in the second through seventh rounds.

“There’s an advantage to that. Let’s make no mistake,” Dorsey said. “Anytime you can get a fifth-year option with a good player, that always helps out.”

History has shown at times moving back into the first round can be costly, but Dorsey won’t be dissuaded by the price tag if the player is worth it.

Dorsey repeatedly has said that he subscribes to the “best player available” philosophy and does not like to draft for need.

With virtually all 22 starting spots pretty much spoken for, Dorsey is in prime position to pick the best player every time the Browns go on the clock next week and deepen the roster’s talent poll.

Not having a first rounder hasn’t changed Dorsey’s or the personnel departments approach next week.

They still have eight picks in total – Nos. 49 (2), 80 (3) 119 (4), 144 (5), 155 (5), 170 (5), 189 (6) and 221 (7).

“We’re going to do our due diligence,” Dorsey said. “We’re going to turn over every stone and we’re going to go through the processes of building that draft board the same year in and year out. We’re going to have conversations regarding that so I think it is important to talk about scenarios, how they may unfold but once you get into that moment of that draft things move very quickly so you better be ready to make those decisions very quickly.”

Dorsey has shown he makes decisions and moves quickly and odds are we’ll be reminded again next week.