CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns won’t have to worry about who the Los Angeles Rams take first overall in the NFL Draft next Thursday.
The Browns have dealt the second pick in the draft to Philadelphia.
Cleveland receives Nos. 8 (first round), 77 (third round), 100 (fourth round) this year from the Eagles plus their first round pick in 2017 and a second rounder in 2018.
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown completed the deal Wednesday afternoon. With the club in a full-fledged rebuild, Brown made little secret about his desire to move down because he valued additional picks.
“We are excited about owning 12 picks heading into this year’s draft and acquiring the high future picks in 2017 and 2018,” Brown said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The deal gives the Browns 12 picks in the upcoming draft, 6 in the top-100 and the possibility of having up to 13 selections next year – their 7 combined with the Eagles first and third round selections plus the potential to receive 4 compensatory selections following their free agent losses this offseason.
Cleveland will also have multiple first rounders in 2017 for the fourth time in 6 years.
“These picks will play a major role in building our team for long-term sustained success,” Brown said. “We want to assemble a young nucleus of talented players and this trade positions us really well. There is a good depth of talent in the first round and we felt we could make a larger impact to our roster by adding more draft picks and that’s why we made the decision to trade down.”
2016 Cleveland Browns Draft Order
Round 1: 8
Round 2: 32
Round 3: 65
Round 3: 77
Round 4: 99
Round 4: 100
Round 4: 138
Round 5: 141
Round 5: 172
Round 5: 173
Round 6: 176
Round 7: 223