The Cleveland Browns plan to keep the No. 1 overall pick in next week’s NFL draft despite receiving offers for it.
Sashi Brown, the team’s vice president of football operations, said Wednesday he has no plans to trade out of the top spot.
“We feel really good about picking at one, and I’ll leave it at that,” Brown said at the team’s pre-draft news conference.
The Browns twice traded down in the draft a year ago and wound up going from the second overall pick to 15th, where they selected receiver Corey Coleman.
“That would surprise me if we trade down in that fashion,” Brown said.
There was speculation that the Browns would trade the pick for a veteran quarterback.
“Could we? In theory? Yes,” Brown said. “But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”
New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the AJ McCarron of the Cincinnati Bengals have been the two names that continue to be circulated.
Brown was even asked if he had the Patriots on speed dial.
“We do not,” he said.
Brown said the team has narrowed its focus on a few players to consider taking first.
He wouldn’t divulge names, but the consensus is that Cleveland will select Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett — who spent three years disrupting offenses for the Aggies — over quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina.
Brown called this “a momentous” draft for the Browns, who went 1-15 last season. Cleveland also has the No. 12 pick and five selections in the top 65.