NFL Draft Rumor: Browns trying to trade up to land Geno Smith

The winds could be shifting in Berea as the Cleveland Browns are now rumored to be considering a trade up to the third spot in the NFL Draft to select West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Once thought to be in the market to be trading down to acquire an extra draft pick, assumed to be in the second round, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that there is a buzz building which would have the Browns attempting to leapfrog the Philadelphia Eagles to ensure that Smith is available when their helmet is on the clock.

The Eagles are rumored to be enamored with Smith while the Browns are reportedly not sold on Brandon Weeden as their quarterback of the future. The Browns traded up to the third spot in 2012 to draft running back Trent Richardson. Not owning a second-round selection in 2013, a trade up would ensure that the Browns—without a subsequent trade—would not be selecting at all on Friday night as a third-round pick would be needed to make the jump.

ESPN’s Todd McShay recently pegged the Browns with Smith, but doing so via their sixth-overall selection. The Eagles are the former employer of current Browns CEO Joe Banner.

[Related: WFNY Roundtable: Browns draft predictions for the 1st round]

  • JNeids

    Thanks to this rumor, the firemen have time to set up their trampolines under 480. So really, Mike Florio just saved lives.

  • humboldt

    well done. Draft Day may be the Super Bowl for Cleveland, but it’s also the day of greatest annual notoriety for the 480 bridge

  • Harv 21

    you so silly, season!


    [BTW, who/what ammo do they trade to move up? Sheard or Rubin for just a couple of places at the top of the first?]

    [BBtw, IF they actually engaged in such shamrockery, how long would Banner have to disappear Lombardi for THIS time? Maybe just make him do it, send him to the barber and then snip off his fingertips, a la “Eastern Promises”]

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I heard a rumor that the Browns are looking to trade all of their picks for a chicken sandwich, but it has to be the RIGHT chicken sandwich. A sandwich that fits their schemes. This is a surprise because Rob Chudzinski had indicated earlier today that he would fit his eating habits to suit any chicken sandwich.

  • Natedawg86

    I think I just threw up in my mouth

  • MrCleaveland

    Okay, this tears it. Trading UP to get him? My worst-case scenario actually got worse.

    Ergo, I’m enforcing a personal draft moratorium until we actually pick tonight.

    See you all tomorrow. Hope we’re all happy.

  • Steve

    Next year’s 1st rounder.

  • Natedawg86

    What is worse than the Browns drafting Geno Smith? Trading up to select Geno Smith

  • FearTheRoo

    I head a rumor the Browns are trading up to take Manti T’eo’s girlfriend

  • CB Everett

    What is this madness?! On the final day it’s turning into pure monkey poo-flinging chaos. Rumors of Geno Smith, trading up for Geno Smith, giving Pilot J to Geno Smith. I don’t even know what’s happening anymore, and our pets heads are falling off.

  • Harv 21

    Hahahahahaha, for a couple of spots, like #6 overall to 3 or 4. (at least I hope you don’t believe that)

  • Natedawg86

    UPDATE: Rumor originated from California

  • stin4u


  • JK

    Fetal position in my office chair, uncontrollable drool, nausea, and shaking…..

  • JK

    So wait…. Yesterday we werent sure if Geno would be drafted in the 1st round now we’re moving up to 4 to get him!? It’s about that time I call my father again and thank him for making me a Cleveland fan.

  • JK

    Chic Fil A son…

  • Harv 21

    yeah, man, wifey just texted that the dog’s trying to mount the cat, the Dolans spent money on free agents … Thank goodness our passports are current. I’ll avoid 480 on the way to the airport.


  • mgbode

    always thought that was halftime of week1

  • JK

    Don’t click on that link, IDK if it’s an actual URL or what. Just so you know = sweet ass s(tuff)

  • saggy

    i bet he’s back in 45 minutes…

  • saggy

    i’m over it.

  • rick grayshock
  • MrCleaveland


    Who am I kidding? I’m one sick puppy.

  • JK

    Pretty bird… Pretty bird…

  • JK

    Nice attempt, good take off, solid execution. But the landing was just meh for me. 6/10.

  • woofersus

    Oh God, trading a high second round pick from two years ago who has been productive in order to move up two spots and reach on a guy to replace a first round pick from the previous year. How absolutely Cleveland.

  • Captain Kidd

    Not a chance….

  • woofersus

    Trading up???!!! If they are going to give up picks or other assets from a team with multiple needs to take a guy at a place where most people consider him to be a pretty big reach at a position they used a first round pick on just a year ago, they had better be right. You can’t waste high draft picks over and over and build a decent team.
    This is ultimately why I was opposed to drafting Weeden last year. You use a pick that could be used on some other position of need with a higher degree of certainty and end up replacing him a year later and using up even more assets to get the next guy. (who still isn’t a superstar) By the time all is said and done, how many decent to good players could you have instead? I get selling the farm to get somebody like Andrew luck if you can, but one of the biggest draft sins teams commit is drafting for need at QB and getting yet another guy who’s just OK while the rest of the team doesn’t improve.

    If they take him I will sincerely hope for the best, but it just seems silly and wasteful when there is legitimate top 10 talent available at other positions where you have glaring weaknesses.

  • Chuck

    why not pull a ditka in new orleans and give up every pick to get smith? i swear if they pick smith at all in the first round, I quit life.

  • Steve

    I don’t think they should, but you didnt ask what ammo they have. And if they’re intent on moving up to get a QB, a future 1st rounder is usually the starting point. The Redskins gave up 3 1st rounders to move up 4 spots.

  • Steve

    *but you did ask what ammo they have*

  • humboldt

    Other than when Charlie Frye starts against the Steelers, we’re usually winning at halftime during week 1. It’s a keystone in the tradition of suffering


    This would be the dumbest thing in the history of all dumb things.

  • Harv 21

    I’ve HAD it with this team, we’ve got no second rounder, we’ve got Lombardi in a DECISION-making role, we’re maybe actually moving UP from 6 for GENO FREAKIN SMITH! …

  • Harv 21

    or when Ty Detmer starts week one against the Steelers, or …
    Not finding WFNY particularly uplifting today. Around 8:00 may have to wash down the rest of my effexor with a box of wine.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I think I might want to warn the bartender tonight that should this come to pass, I am not responsible for my actions afterward…

  • Yugoslav Musac

    God please no! Haven’t we suffered enough!!!!!

  • mgbode

    Ok, so 3 out of the last 4 years, but overall, it’s not a pretty picture (Frye started 2 halves and managed to not score a point….SURPRISE!!!!).

    Average score: 7-11

    Detmer wk1 halftime: 0-20 (Steelers)
    Couch-1 halftime: 7-10 (Jags)
    Couch-2 hafltime: 3-3 (Seahawks)
    Holcomb-1 hafltime: 20-14 (Chiefs)
    Holcomb-2 halftime: 3-3 (Colts)
    Garcia wk1 halftime: 3-0 (Ravens)
    Dilfer wk1 halftime: 10-17 (Bengals)
    Frye-1 wk1 halftime: 0-9 (Saints)
    Frye-2 wk1 halftime: 0-17 (Steelers)
    DA wk1 halftime: 7-21 (Cowboys)
    Quinn wk1 halftime: 13-10 (Vikings)
    Jake wk1 halftime: 14-10 (Bucs)
    Colt wk1 halftime: 14-13 (Bengals)
    Weeden wk1 halftime: 3-10 (Eagles)

  • humboldt

    lol. masochist :)

  • mgbode

    dulling the pain for tonight :)

  • maxfnmloans

    Never ask if it can get worse. It can. Often, it will.

  • Pomp62

    Im gonna throw up

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA I love it! First the Cavaliers and now this oh baby.

  • MrCleaveland

    You nailed it, Mike. Nice call, buddy. You da man.

    (You moron)

  • mgbode

    hey, he didn’t say which round. we might still be trading up for Geno Smith :)