Speaking on a national conference call on Monday, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock said Jimmy Garoppolo is likely better than any of the players coming out of the draft, which means a team in need of a quarterback should likely try and swing a trade with the Patriots rather than select one high in the draft.
One of those teams is the Browns, who have five picks in the first three rounds. One of the scenarios that has been mentioned is the Browns trading the Patriots the No. 12 overall pick considering they also have the first overall pick.
Mayock would be on board if the Browns were to do that.
“In my opinion, if I’m the Cleveland Browns and I’ve got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked,” he said. “I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let’s get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let’s get to work.
“From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I’d be all over that.”
The Browns won’t be the only team interested, but with all their draft picks they are in the best position to swing a potential deal with the Patriots.