While the Browns have had talks with the Titans about moving up to land Marcus Mariota, they’ve also talked with teams about moving back from No. 19, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Cleveland is keeping their options wide open heading into tonight’s draft, Rapoport adds.
Earlier today, Browns head coach Mike Pettine told NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer that “opinions on Marcus Mariota in this building are varied.” Of course, opinions were split on Johnny Manziel too, but that didn’t stop the Browns from drafting him last year. Cabot also reported that the Browns do not want to surrender their first-rounder in 2016 in order to land the Oregon quarterback. That could be fueling their openness to moving back in the draft rather than forward.