Several teams have contacted the Browns with an eye toward moving up in the first round of the draft, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Friday night, citing league sources.
At least three or four teams in the top 20 have shown an interest in trading up, The Plain Dealer indicated, saying there’s a decent chance the Browns will bite on an offer and trade down from their No. 4 spot.
The newspaper identified the Eagles, who now hold the No. 15 pick, as likely being one of the interested parties. Meanwhile, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is on record as saying he considers the Browns a potential trade partner. St. Louis sits at No. 6 after having earlier traded the No. 2 pick to Washington, which moved up because it has its eye on Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.
Both the Rams (Nos. 33 and 39) and the Eagles (Nos. 46 and 51) have two second-round picks, which give them valuable trade ammunition for moving up in Round One.
Among the players who are said to be targets of the teams that would like to move up are Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill, USC OT Matt Kalil, LSU CB Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon.
The Eagles and Chiefs have conducted private workouts with Tannehill, but a league source told The Plain Dealer that Kansas City (No. 11 overall pick) probably wouldn’t trade up. Tannehill, whose draft stock has skyrocketed in recent weeks, will visit Cleveland on Sunday and Monday and then Buffalo (No. 10) on Tuesday. Miami and Seattle also are said to have interest in Tannehill.
The Vikings remain a wild card in any first-round scenario, because it’s unknown whether they’ll trade the No. 3 overall pick or whom they’ll select if they don’t deal it.