Cleveland Browns: Top 5 Trades to Consider Before 2014 NFL Draft

5 Trades the Cleveland Browns Should Consider Before 2014 NFL Draft

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The Cleveland Browns have made numerous moves this offseason to bolster their roster. While these transactions should help to get the franchise headed in the right direction, there are trades that Cleveland should explore in order to enhance its team even further. Here is a look at five trades the Cleveland Browns should consider prior to the NFL draft.

5. Trade Up For Another First or Second-Round Draft Choice

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5. Trade Up For Another First or Second-Round Draft Choice

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The Browns have ten selections in the upcoming draft, including two first-rounders, two third-rounders and two fourth-round picks. The Browns could make a huge splash during the draft if they package some of these picks and are able to gain a third first-round choice or a second second-round pick. Cleveland also has flexibility amongst its roster if they are seeking to unload salary.

4. Jabaal Sheard, Cleveland Browns DE/LB

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4. Jabaal Sheard, Cleveland Browns DE/LB

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With an abundance of DE/LBs, the Browns have the flexibility to trade away Sheard in order to pick up another draft selection. Sheard, 24, is a versatile defensive player who could be an asset on any team seeking a 3-4 specialist. By trading Sheard, the Browns would be able to draft a player like Clowney or Mack. Another option is to repackage draft selections gained in the deal.

3. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns WR

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3. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns WR

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Little has shown flashes of being a solid WR; however, his inconsistent play has been a hinderance to his growth and the Browns' faith in him. Little is young enough to get a second shot with another team, and could provide value to a team looking to add a young receiver. When the Browns signed Nate Burleson this offseason, Little became expendable. With the Browns possibly drafting an early WR, Little would be the odd man out in Cleveland.

2. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins QB

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2. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins QB

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After Kyle Shanahan was named the offensive coordinator for the Browns, it was rumored that he would influence the front office to trade for Redskins' backup Kirk Cousins. Those rumors died down when it was thought that the Browns would sign fellow Redskin Rex Grossman. Fast forward to the end of April and the Browns have yet to sign a QB to compete with Brian Hoyer. Cousins could be the veteran QB the Browns need on the roster.

1. Evan Mathis, Eagles OL

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1. Evan Mathis, Eagles OL

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It's been widely reported that Mathis, 32, is unhappy in Philadelphia and that the Eagles have been seeking a trade partner for the offensive guard. Although Mathis reported to Eagles' voluntary workouts, he is not satisfied with his contract. The Browns are still seeking help with their offensive line and Mathis could be the answer for them. Cleveland has the cap space to take on a player of Mathis' caliber and could help block for RB Ben Tate.


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