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Browns, Titans discussing deal for No. 2 pick?


Draft buzz is a fickle thing in the days approaching the actual event, but now that we're less than 24 hours removed, things are starting to get interesting.

As NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Wednesday, there are pretty substantive talks between the Browns and Titans for the No. 2 overall pick. Rapoport has previously noted that the Browns have the best chance of any team to actually move up and grab the pick given their pairing of first-round picks (12 and 19) and the possibility that their No. 1 pick next year would still be in an enticing range.

Of course, there have been no formal offers made but that's only because no one would dream of sealing a deal until the Buccaneers have made the No. 1 pick.

As complex as draft day trades seem, they happen in a matter of moments. The great Eli Manning deal went down in about five minutes. The Sammy Watkins trade didn't take much longer.

What Browns general manager Ray Farmer and Titans general manager Ruston Webster were likely doing these past few days involved laying down some ground rules. For example, if Cleveland was only interested in throwing in this year's first rounders, don't bother calling us on Thursday and wasting our time.

Though this draft has the feel of an eventual letdown -- Marcus Mariota is, after all, a very good quarterback and is very worthy of the No. 2 pick, especially for a Titans team that is uncertain at the position -- it's fun to dream.

At the moment, the Browns are allowing us to dream.

Some more draft buzz:

  • Many people are looking at the Falcons as a possible trade-up candidate, but, as Rapoport noted, pump the breaks. There's a decent chance that Dan Quinn and Co. are looking to bolster their pick total and move back.

  • Kevin White doesn't think he'll slip past the Bears at No. 7 . Apparently his meeting with team brass was encouraging enough for him to say as much on Wednesday.

Protecting Matt Ryan is priority No. 1. I don't think there's any doubt in and around Atlanta that he's the quarterback who can take them to the Super Bowl once the talent catches up around him.

  • Leonard Williams believes he should be taken No. 1 overall. This is not surprising, and it would be a bit sad if a player didn't feel that way. If it weren't a quarterback draft, he may have been.

It's hard to imagine him not being a perfect fit for the Jaguars and Gus Bradley, then again, it would be incredible to see him line up alongside Khalil Mack and Justin Tuck in Oakland.

  • Randy Gregory, once viewed as one of the most dominant pass rushers in the draft, may very well slip out of the first round altogether. Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport dug deep into a case that is much more than a failed drug test. Teams are apparently wary of Gregory's ability to handle the mental rigors of the game.

He represents one of the biggest perceived fallers, though he is not alone. Now is when teams finalize the summation of their research and truly start etching their boards in stone.

  • Kevin Patra caught up with the troubled Shane Ray, a dominant pass rusher out of Missouri who was recently cited for marijuana possession, an infraction that some insiders think could push him out of the first round.

"I don't think a lot of people expected me to still come and be here, and face this," he said. "But I'm a man and I'm not going to run from anything. I've been open with everybody with what happened and of course I'm very sorry that it did happen, but like I said all I can do is learn from my mistakes as a person just like everyone else and continue to grow, that's the most important thing."

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