The Philadelphia Eagles are now the owners of the second overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns have traded away their first-round and second-round selections to the Eagles in exchange for five picks from Philadelphia, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Eagles will give Cleveland their first-round selection (No. 8 overall), third-round pick (No. 77 overall), and fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall) in the 2016 draft and their first-round selection in 2017 and a second-round selection in 2018.
In exchange, the Browns will send their 2016 first-round pick (No. 2 overall) and 2017 fourth-round pick to the Eagles.
The move comes just days after speculation took over that the Browns were actively shopping their No. 2 overall draft selection. It was highly believed that the Browns were going to select North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz or Cal QB Jared Goff; however, once news broke that the Tennessee Titans traded their first-overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams, many speculated that the Rams were going to "steal" the Browns' prospect. In turn, sending the Browns to look for other options with their No. 2 overall.
Bleacher Report draft scout, Matt Miller, tweeted today that UCLA LB Myles Jack was the name he heard the most. "Doubtful he's there at 8, but possible," Miller tweeted. It is also speculated that the Browns will still select a signal caller in this year's draft. The name brought up the most in those regards is Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, who threw for almost 4,000 yards and threw seven touchdown passes in one half against Southern Methodist University.
No Stranger To First-Round Miscues
The Browns are not known for being efficient with their first round draft choices. Cleveland selected DT Danny Shelton and C Cameron Erving in the latest NFL Draft, neither of which have had as productive seasons as the Browns' have hoped, saying that about 2014 first-round selections Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert is a huge understatement. The year prior, Cleveland selected LB Barkevious Mingo, who has shown flashes of potential, but hasn't gained the weight needed to be a strong linebacker in the NFL.
One does not simply forget about the 2012 draft, one of the most notorious first rounds the Browns have ever taken part in. Cleveland traded up from No. 4 overall to No. 3 in order to draft the highly disappointing RB from Alabama, Trent Richardson. Richardson has not been able to find a steady home in the NFL since being released by the Browns in 2013, the same year he played just two games; he now is on the Baltimore Ravens roster.
At No. 22 overall, the Browns selected 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State University. Like Richardson, Weeden was released after two seasons with the Browns and signed with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2014-15 season. Weeden then got benched for QB Matt Cassel due to poor play and to make roster space for Tony Romo. Weeden was claimed off the waivers the same year by the Houston Texans where he has signed a contract extension with the team over the offseason.