Cleveland is not the only one weighing potential trade offers in Thursday's draft. So is Arizona, and I can tell you why in two words: Patrick Peterson.
There is a feeling that the LSU cornerback, widely considered the best prospect in this draft, could slide past the first four teams, which would take him to Arizona. But if the Cardinals pass on him, he would move him to Cleveland at the sixth position, and, trust me: If that happens, the Browns' phones are ringing.
Figure Dallas to be among the most interested. The Cowboys have the ninth pick, and they could package a deal that would move them three spots to acquire the most coveted defensive back in the draft. It would make sense -- if, that is, you believe Cleveland is interested in wide receiver Julio Jones, which I believe it is.
I can't see San Francisco taking Jones at the seventh spot nor Tennessee at the eighth. So the Browns could take a low-risk gamble and move back, acquiring draft picks in the process to choose the player they would have chosen at six. But that presupposes that Peterson will be there at the sixth position ... which he shouldn't be.
Denver could take him at the second position. Buffalo could take him third. Heck, Arizona could win up with him at the fifth position. If Peterson gets to the Cards they'll have a tough decision because other clubs will want to move up for him or, possibly, quarterback Blaine Gabbert. But if they pass on Peterson and take someone else, look for Cleveland to be the draft's hot spot for, oh, about 10 minutes.
All eyes on Patrick Peterson
Posted on: April 28, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:08 am