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Browns Mailbag: What’s the cost of moving up in the draft?

Posted Feb 16, 2017

Senior Writer Andrew Gribble answers your questions every week

There’s no stopping the flow of draft questions into the Browns Mailbag.

We answered five of them for you on this Thursday.

I see this year’s Dak Prescott as being Jerod Evans out of Virginia Tech. Would the Browns consider him? Why trade for Jimmy Garoppolo if the Patriots are willing to give up on him? He must have some flaws that no one else sees. I would stick with Cody Kessler. He showed promise and he has a good head on his shoulders. -- Michael N., Fostoria

Evans’ decision to leave Virginia Tech after one season -- he spent the first two years of his college career at Trinity Valley Community College -- was one of the more surprising among the hundreds made by underclassmen. His performance, though, was nothing short of fantastic, and it was one of the main reasons why Virginia Tech was one of the ACC’s best under first-year coach Justin Fuente. He threw for 3,546 yards, 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for a team-high 846 yards and 12 scores. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks included Evans on his list of five players who could have used an extra year of school and that, ultimately, might be the biggest difference between Evans and Prescott, who was a three-year starter and saw his rushing numbers dialed back significantly as a senior.

With regard to needing "sizzle,” no quarterback sizzles when he is lying on his back side. What are the Browns going to do to establish a premier offensive line?!!! (including coaching staff) -- Jim S., San Clemente, Calif.

Starting with the coaching, Browns coach Hue Jackson brought in veteran offensive line coach Bob Wylie to replace Hal Hunter. Jackson explained his reasoning at the Senior Bowl.

“Bob Wylie’s one of my guys, not that Hal wasn’t,” Jackson said. “I just thought we needed to go in a different direction. I’m trying to improve our team in a lot of different areas and it's just an opportunity to get better.”

We’ve addressed the steps to recovery for Cleveland’s offensive line in recent mailbags, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Get healthy (Joel Bitonio and John Greco), continue to grow and develop (Cameron Erving, Spencer Drango and Shon Coleman) and improve the roster with smart decisions in free agency and/or the draft.

Why not pursue a guy like Mike Glennon? Guy has elite arm talent and seems to get it with over 200 yards per game and 30/15 TD/INT ratio. It'd free up our first rounders to bring in some pop like Myles Garrett along with a CB, S, OT, in the form of best player available. Even a guy like Leonard Fournette may not be an area of direct need, but we need elite talent regardless of position. We could use another 2nd-3rd rounder on another QB with high potential and let them compete for years to come, see who develops. -- Dan R., Warren

Glennon is an intriguing free agent. He’s logged four years in the league but hasn’t played all that much since playing in 13 games as a rookie in 2013 and six in 2014 (including a start at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Browns). His size (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is seemingly ideal for the position but it’s unclear how he’ll be valued because of the aforementioned lack of action over the past few years. As we’ve stated on numerous occasions, the Browns are keeping all of their options open when it comes to addressing the quarterback position. That includes free agency, trades and, of course, the upcoming draft.

What are the real chances that the Browns land Malik Hooker? He's my No. 1 guy. I want them to draft him and I just hope Gregg Williams and Sashi see how special of a player he really is. -- Matt B., Westerville

Based on our evaluation of the recent mock drafts from prominent analysts, the odds aren’t in Cleveland’s favor of Hooker being around at No. 12. The majority of those mocks pegged Hooker to land with the Chargers at No. 7. Others had him going even earlier and only a scant few had him being selected at 12 or lower. The talented Ohio State safety has been lauded for his skills around the ball but his status as one of the draft’s surest things has come into question because of multiple surgeries that will limit his ability to work out for scouts leading up to the draft. As many as three safeties (LSU’s Jamal Adams and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers) could be picked BEFORE the Browns are on the clock at No. 12.

Realistically, what would it take to move from No. 12 to No. 6 overall in the draft? It's probably too soon, but I see two premier players that will fill a need besides Garrett: Reuben Foster and Malik Hooker. -- Ryan S., North Olmsted

There are a bunch of draft charts out there for these kinds of hypotheticals. Jimmy Johnson’s famous table places a value of 1,600 on the No. 6 pick and 1,200 on No. 12, and that difference matches up with the No. 50 overall pick -- so, a mid-second round pick. But recent history would be a far better guide because, ultimately, a pick or player is worth whatever a trading partner is willing to pay at the time. Last year, Tennessee made a similar maneuver with the Browns, moving up from No. 15 to No. 8. The Titans gave up a third-round pick in that year’s draft and a future second-rounder to move up seven spots. Also last year, the Bears gave up a fourth-round pick to move from No. 11 to No. 9. Perhaps the best example occurred in 2013, when Miami gave up the No. 42 pick to move from No. 12 to No. 3.

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