St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has reportedly called the Cleveland Browns “realistic trading partners” when it comes to the first round of the NFL Draft.
Speaking from the NFL owner’s meetings, Fisher’s statement further confirmed the notion that the Browns’ fourth-overall pick is among the more coveted leading up to the late-April festivities.
Fisher, who also said that his relationship with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan had nothing to do with the recently consummated trade which landed Washington the second-overall pick, is rumored to be hot after Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. The Browns, whose drafting is led by general manager Tom Heckert, are said to be in the mix for five different players. Heckert said that the team would be willing to trade down but possibly not past the eighth overall selection — the Rams currently own the No. 6 pick.
If a trade with the Rams were to be consummated, it is expected that St. Louis would take Blackmon with Tampa Bay selecting running back Trent Richardson with their fifth overall selection.
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(Source: Mary Kay Cabot)