Pre-draft reports had the Cleveland Browns drafting West Virgina quarterback Geno Smith. The Browns used their first pick in the draft to help bolster their defense. The Browns passed over Smith with the 6th over-all pick and with good reason. Smith is not a 1st round draft pick.
31 other NFL teams passed over him too. The Browns already made the mistake of wasting a 1st round draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft on a quarterback who didn’t belong in the 1st round of an NFL draft. We all saw how that worked out. Weeden was the worst rookie quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL draft. For the Browns to make the same mistake in back to back NFL drafts, would be a smack in the face to the fans of the Cleveland Browns.
Smith is still available in the draft. We don’t know what kind of deals the Browns are making behind closed doors. They currently have no picks in the second round of the draft and we wonder if they are working to acquire a pick in the second round. Joe Banner in a statement from New York, after the Mingo pick said, the Browns had a trade in place if their guy wasn’t there at the 6th pick. He wouldn’t elaborate what that trade was.
With that being said, and all the reports about how the Browns liked Geno Smith one has to wonder if there were closed door talks taking place to get the Browns a second round pick. If they could make some trades to get a second round pick, would they use it to take Geno Smith? Reports had the Browns high on the list to draft Smith, but other reports said the team didn’t want to pay Smith first round money, or did they want to sign him to a 5 year deal.
It will be interesting today to see if the Browns pull off some moves to get themselves into the second round of this years NFL draft.
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