NFL Draft: Are Browns Trying to Leapfrog Eagles?

As reports continue to swirl that new head coach Chip Kelly covets an offenstive tackle, specifically Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, at the top of round one, Profootballtalk.com offers a new report that hints at an entirely different possibility.

According to the report, the Cleveland Browns are determined to trade up into the top three picks and ahead of the Eagles in order to land a top tier pass rusher. Now, clearly new Browns CEO Joe Banner doesn’t know what the Eagles intend to do, but he certainly has to be more tuned in than some, you know, having worked in the team’s front office.

From PFT:

The thinking is that they want to get in front of the Eagles (fourth) and Lions (fifth) to get the pass-rusher they covet. And since Browns CEO Joe Banner has insight into the Eagles front office from his days there, he has a clear sense of what they need and what general manager Howie Roseman values.

If they’re third, they’d miss out on no more than one of the top prospects there, as the Chiefs are expected to take an offensive lineman, and no one’s clear whether the Jaguars in the second spot go tackle or find a Leo for new coach Gus Bradley’s defense.

Stay tuned.

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