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Shurmur: Browns open to possibly moving up in draft

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By Mike Wilkening

Are the Browns unwilling to trade picks to move up from the No. 4 spot in the draft? Not so, head coach Pat Shurmur said at the Combine. "No, I think you evaluate everything," Shurmur told reporters. "I wouldn't say we're hesitant to do anything." In January, GM Tom Heckert indicated the club's philosophy was to value its draft picks and to use them. "You never say never, but we like our picks right now," Heckert said. The issue is a material one, for if the Browns want Baylor QB Robert Griffin III — widely regarded as the second-best passer in the draft behind likely No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck — they might have to move up, perhaps as high as St. Louis' No. 2 selection, with draft-pick compensation the likely bait. Two years ago, Browns president Mike Holmgren publicly indicated the club had explored moving up to take then-Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. Yet, he indicated the Browns, who were picking seventh in 2010, would have had to "mortgage the ranch" to move up for Bradford, who was selected first by the Rams.

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