Armed with three first-rounders and five second-rounders over the next two years, Cleveland owns the requisite ammunition to make a play for New England backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
"They do intend to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo as we get closer to the draft. Will they actually be able to do it is the question," Rapoport told NFL Network. "I've talked to several teams that were in the quarterback mix. All, obviously, were considering or are considering going after Jimmy Garoppolo. To a T, every team has said, 'We believe the Browns are going to make a huge run and we don't think we can compete with that.' So it certainly seems like the Browns are up front in a potential Garoppolo derby."
That might be the case today, but the Browns, to an unprecedented degree, are flooded with draft selections:
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported earlier this month, per a source "somewhat connected to the situation," that it would require a 2017 first-rounder and possibly another first-rounder in 2018 to woo Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Cleveland, though, has the goods to make an offer that no team in the league can match. This year's first-overall pick is rich -- likely too rich for Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown -- but parting with a bushel of selections is something Cleveland can do.