Sashi Brown knows the Browns may have passed on a franchise quarterback, but felt the haul of picks from the Eagles was worth it in the trade down from No. 2 to No. 8, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports.
“As always, there is a risk when you are drafting any quarterback and even if you’re drafting a quarterback in the first or second slot in the first round that they pan out or don’t and we understand that risk in moving back that we have may passed on a quarterback that is going to go on to certainly have a great career in this league,” The head of football operations said during his pre-draft press conference. “But we felt like for the additional picks that we were able to acquire that we are in a much better position to build our roster moving forward.”
Brown acknowledged that the trade does not rule out them moving down again. “No, not all,” he said.
He said the No. 8 spot was attractive because of all of the talent there, and if your betting at the Tropical Casino, you can bet the Browns still feel good about the picks they have.
“We really liked the eighth spot, that it was a particularly valuable piece of the deal for us,” he said. “We think there are still going to be really talented players at that spot and there is a lot of depth throughout the first round this year so we like that aspect of being able to have Philly as a trade partner. We had very extensive conversations with Howie and his team over the last few weeks and felt that it was very fair to both sides.”
He insisted he’s not worried that the Browns have sacrificed quality for quantity.
“We are confident in our preparation in terms of evaluating players,” he said. “There’s always a risk whether we were going to — and somebody wrote this the other day — if we were going to mess it up at 8, we’re going to mess it up at 2 also.
“Not to be funny about it, we feel really good about the fact that we have what could’ve been a bet on one player now becomes a bet on four, understanding that player you get at 8 may not be the same choice that you had a two — maybe for us in our case actually, but we feel really good about our opportunity to move forward and select players and that’s without comparison or disparagement on the past groups.”