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Cleveland Browns hold picks to control next two NFL drafts


Teams looking to trade down in the NFL draft tend to partner up with clubs that have an extra pick or two to spare, and the Cleveland Browns are stockpiling plenty of leverage in that regard.


The Browns hold a whopping 22 draft picks over the next two years -- 11 in 2017 and 11 in 2018. And we're not talking about a scrap pile of third-day selections, either. The Browns hold a pair of first-round picks and a pair of second-round picks in the upcoming draft (April 27-29), and the only round in which they don't have a selection is the last (seventh). And after an unusual trade with the Houston Texans Thursday in which they picked up a quarterback they might not even keep in Brock Osweiler, along with a 2018 second-round pick, the Browns' 2018 draft is even more front-loaded with three second-round choices.

The question now is, what will Cleveland do with all that leverage? A trade for New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo could be on the Browns' wish list.

But the Browns were in no hurry to trade picks in last year's draft, and they certainly had more than enough leverage to do it. Cleveland made 14 draft picks last year, giving them, as of now, 36 picks over a three-year stretch from 2016-2018.

Translating all these draft picks into much-needed victories in Cleveland, of course, is an altogether different challenge. But nobody can say the Browns aren't willing to hitch their wagon to a youth movement.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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