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Grading the Browns first round moves

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The Browns made a total of three, first round trades last night. The Browns were able to get two great prospects in the first round and make some noise while doing it. Here is a breakdown of Cleveland’s 1st round from last night.

The move from #4 to #9 (Buf):

The Browns started the night off on the right foot with this trade. Yes, they didn’t get Watkins, but the trade was a steal as they gained a 4th round pick this year and another 1st round pick in next years draft. Watkins did have an excellent season in 2013, but everyone forgets his sophomore slump where he battled ankle injuries, off field problems, and a mysterious sickness. I think the Browns made the right choice here in such a deep draft.

The move from #9 to #8 (Min):

This move baffled some people. The Browns gave the ninth pick and their 5th round pick to move up one spot. The only way this happened is if the Browns got wind that the Vikings wanted Gilbert. If that is the case, then this wasn’t a bad trade. If it was a bluff, then the Browns only lost one pick.

With the 8th pick in the 2015 Draft, the Cleveland Browns select: Justin Gilbert, CB out of Oklahoma State University.

I love this pick for the Browns. Gilbert was the fastest and top corner in this years draft and will work great opposite of Joe Haden. The Browns are obviously trying to build a tough secondary with Haden, Gilbert, and Skrine at corner and Gipson and Whitner at the safeties. Gilbert isn’t going to be pressured to guard top receivers all the time, which only helps the defense.

The move from pick 26 to pick 22 (Phi):

The Browns knew whom they wanted and wanted to make sure that they got him. There were rumors out there that Cincinnati was looking at Manziel at 24 and even the Kansas City Chiefs at 23. The Browns did give up one of their 3rd round pick to move up (19th pick in 3rd round), but taking Johnny this late in the draft is a steal.

With the 22nd pick in the 2015 Draft, the Cleveland Browns select: Johnny Manziel, QB out of Texas A&M:

People went crazy in Ohio for this pick. Grabbing Johnny this late in the draft is a steal. Manziel won the Heisman trophy his freshman year and has been electrifying ever since. With the intangibles he brings to the table, Johnny may be the next big thing in Cleveland. Another pro for Johnny is with being taken late in the first in the draft, Cleveland is able to bench him and let him get used to the changes in the NFL instead of starting him right away. Some people are skeptics, but Johnny will bring swagger to Cleveland, and swagger means money.